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SPEND TIME LIS­TEN­ING TO POD­CASTS? THEN THIS IS PURE POD­CAST PER­FEC­TION

The best pod­cast app out there just got even bet­ter with a ma­jor re­vi­sion and jump to ver­sion 3.

Play­back set­tings can be ac­cessed by swip­ing left or right, rather than hav­ing the con­trols hid­den in the cor­ners of the screen. The con­trol to change the play­back or­der has an ex­plicit la­bel, in­stead of a tiny tri­an­gu­lar icon. And best of all, you can – at last! – cre­ate proper playlists. Be­fore, the only op­tion was for Smart Playlists, which added new episodes based on rules you set (such as adding every new episode from one playlist, and a hand­ful from an­other). That was fine in some cases, but there was no way to make a playlist of cher­ryp­icked episodes.

Now you can cre­ate a list of fa­vorites that isn’t up­dated with every new episode. It’s a mi­nor change, but so good. Our only gripe is that there’s no way to quickly add an episode to a playlist from the Now Play­ing screen, which would be great for playlist man­age­ment on the go.

But with all the new in­ter­face changes – plus the app’s clever fea­tures such as si­lence short­en­ing and voice boosts – it’s still the best pod­cast app out there.

ABOVE In­ter­face tweaks don’t sound ex­cit­ing, but they make a great app near-per­fect

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