DOWN­CAST

HWM (Malaysia) - - TEST -

Down­cast used to be a fast fa­vorite, but de­vel­op­ment seems to have since fallen be­hind.

Let’s talk about the good first. Down­cast lets you cus­tomize smart playlists so you can choose how you man­age your subscriptions. You can down­load podcasts au­to­mat­i­cally, or pick and choose which episodes you want to grab. There are lots of op­tions in the set­tings app for you to run Down­cast the way you want to.

There’s even a set­ting to geo-fence a lo­ca­tion for Wi-Fi down­loads, although we’re not sure how use­ful that is. There’s also a Down­cast Mac app with which you can sync your podcasts to, but it’s an ad­di­tional RM34.90.

Un­for­tu­nately, there’s not much else. Down­cast lacks Over­cast and Pocket Casts’ best fea­tures; si­lence trim­ming and vol­ume nor­mal­iz­ing. The in­ter­face is also clunky and clut­tered. An up­com­ing v3.0 up­date is sup­posed to ship with a mod­ern UI but there’s no news on when it’ll be launch­ing.

Lots of ways to cus­tomize smart playlists. Clut­tered in­ter­face is hard to nav­i­gate.

Down­cast lets you cre­ate mul­ti­ple smart playlists, with cus­tom­iz­a­ble fil­ters.

The in­ter­face, how­ever, is clut­tered and dated.

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