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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 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.

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