Minimalist podcast streamer
$2.99 From Nice Boy, jaredsinclair.com Made for iPhone, iPad Needs iOS 11 or later Simplicity is a laudable goal in life. It speaks of focus and clarity, and of not letting outside clutter get in the way of what you’re trying to do.
‘Sodes is simple, almost minimalist in its pursuit of podcast purity, describing itself as a “casual, cozy way to listen to the occasional podcast.” There’s an overall similarity to Apple Music thanks to the white background and friendly buttons, but ‘Sodes has its own aesthetic that works well in foregrounding the important things — the podcasts.
The app only subscribes to and streams podcasts, there’s no downloading capability, so you need to be happy about it potentially burning through your data allowance, or be always aware of your nearest Wi-Fi hotspot. Search for a podcast by name or URL, add it to your favorites and stream individual episodes. It’s kept simple, as are the controls, with just play, pause and skip in either direction (15 seconds by default, which can be changed in Settings). Those with 3D Touch (iPhone 6s or later) can press to reset progress in an episode, or mark it as finished.
Episodes you’ve listened to vanish from lists. New episodes of casts you’ve subscribed to are clearly marked as Unplayed, while the In Progress section houses those you’re halfway through.
‘Sodes is a clean, intuitive way of podcast management. It’s just a shame about the lack of downloading, even if it would add complication to the interface.
the bottom line. A well-made, sleek podcast streamer.
The interface is so friendly it might as well say ‘Don’t Panic’ when it opens.