Take con­trol of your pod­casts

Dis­cover iOS 9’s re­vised app for man­ag­ing and lis­ten­ing to free shows

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Ap­ple’s tuned up its Pod­casts app to make it even eas­ier to lis­ten to your favourite shows

There’s a wealth of free au­dio and video con­tent to lis­ten to in Ap­ple‘s pod­cast cat­a­logue. To help you to man­age it, iOS 9 in­cludes a re­vised version of Ap­ple’s Pod­casts app with an in­ter­face that’s more con­sis­tent with the Mu­sic app in­tro­duced late in iOS 8’s life.

The On The Go sta­tion, or playlist, from the old version of Pod­casts is gone, but it’s re­placed by the abil­ity for you to queue up pod­casts and turn them into a con­tin­u­ous stream. You’ll no­tice right away that My Sta­tions is no longer present in the bot­tom bar, but that doesn’t mean that sta­tions, which en­able you to queue up un­played episodes just from spe­cific pod­casts, are no longer avail­able – they’re sim­ply pre­sented in a dif­fer­ent place in the app.

Fur­ther­more, the Now Play­ing screen has been re­designed so that pod­cast’s art­work reaches the top of the screen, and all the im­por­tant con­trols are within reach of your thumb in the lower part of the screen. Ded­i­cated pod­cast lis­ten­ers might still flock to the likes of In­sta­cast, Down­cast, or Over­cast, iOS 9’s built-in Pod­casts app is a nicer ex­pe­ri­ence for more ca­sual lis­ten­ing. Adam Smith

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