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Instacast: The ultimate podcast manager for iPhone?

06 Apr

Instacast doesn't have the world's best interface, but it's a pretty awesome podcast manager all the same.

Instacast doesn't be delivered of the world's best interface, if it were not that it's a pretty awesome podcast overseer all the same.

(Credit: Screenshot ~ the agency of Rick Broida/CNET)

I love podcasts. When I’m in the car, I like nonentity better than to queue up shows like “This American Life,” “Wiretap,” and “A Prairie Home Companion,” to call by ~ just a few.

Of course, granting that I forget to sync my iPhone toward a few days, I won’t gain the latest episodes on tap. The podcast director (if you can call it that) that’s built into iOS doesn’t maintain streaming, and I can download unused shows only over Wi-Fi.

Enter Instacast, a podcast governor that not only overcomes these shortcomings, otherwise than that also makes it easy to obtain other podcasts I might like.

It accomplishes this last mentioned feat by way of the Add shroud, which is divided into Popular, Just Added, and Genres sections. There’s also a search option, and a dexterous iPod button for subscribing to podcasts that are already on your device. (Alas, you be seized of to add them individually; it would have existence nice if you could subscribe to total with one quick tap.)

From there the interface gets a little confusing, notwithstanding that with a little poking around (operate that tapping around), you should be under the necessity no trouble figuring it out. The app have power to either stream or download (i.e., “cache”) your podcasts, and you put on’t need to be on a Wi-Fi reticulated for either one: it works into the bargain EDGE and 3G as well.

Instacast be able to also automatically cache the newest episodes, and of way it will automatically resume episodes to what you left off–even if you streamed them. I especially like the integrated Web browser, what one. gives you the option of viewing each episode’s show notes.

If you’re a diehard podcast fan, then Instacast is well worth $1.99. That before-mentioned, depending on what you like to be all ear to, you might be better away with different apps. For example, at the time it comes to “This American Life,” it’s unyielding to beat that show’s eponymous app. And the awesome NPR News app streams entirely NPR shows on demand.

Have you raise a podcast manager you like more useful? If so, crow about it in the comments!

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