IOS PODCAST APPS Castro
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 show 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.
Castro’s playback screen is sparse and doesn’t show any podcast artwork.
Castro’s inbox is a great way to prioritize episodes for download.