CAS­TRO

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Cas­tro is the per­fect pod­cast app for peo­ple who sub­scribe to a lot of podcasts but don’t want to catch ev­ery episode. The app has an in­box, where new episodes show up. You can re­view each one and choose which to down­load, then ar­chive the rest (you can also choose to have your fa­vorite podcasts down­load au­to­mat­i­cally).

For the most part, Cas­tro is sharply de­signed, with el­e­gant ty­pog­ra­phy and lots of white space. The play­back screen, how­ever, is sparse. While most pod­cast apps dis­play cover art large and cen­ter, Cas­tro shows a gray screen with play­back con­trols.

I can live with Cas­tro’s lack of a pretty play screen, but Cas­tro lacks the abil­ity to trim si­lence and nor­mal­ize au­dio, two head­line fea­tures that Over­cast and Pocket Casts share. While lis­ten­ing to podcasts us­ing Cas­tro, I could make out the longer than usual pauses and un­even vol­umes, which Over­cast and Pocket Casts man­aged to re­solve.

Per­fectly de­signed for peo­ple who pre­fer to lis­ten on a per-episode ba­sis. Miss­ing ad­vanced fea­tures like si­lence trim­ming and au­dio nor­mal­iza­tion.

Cas­tro’s in­box is a great way to pri­or­i­tize episodes for down­load.

Cas­tro’s play­back screen is sparse and doesn’t show any pod­cast art­work.

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