Over­cast

The per­fect app for pod­casts?

Mac|Life - - CONTENTS - Car­rie Mar­shall

Free From Over­cast Ra­dio LLC, over­cast.fm Made for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch Needs iOS 12.0 or later

If you’re se­ri­ous about lis­ten­ing to pod­casts, you need a se­ri­ous pod­cast player. Over­cast is just that. Ver­sion 5 in­tro­duces stand­alone Ap­ple Watch play­back, Siri Short­cuts, and Search — mak­ing an al­ready ex­cel­lent pod­cast app even more use­ful.

Over­cast con­cen­trates on fea­tures that ac­tu­ally im­prove your ex­pe­ri­ence. Smart Speed in­creases play­back speed with­out turn­ing ev­ery­body into chip­munks by in­tel­li­gently iden­ti­fy­ing and re­mov­ing si­lences. Voice Boost saves you from pump­ing up the vol­ume by ap­ply­ing fil­ter­ing to make speech sound much clearer. And in­tel­li­gent sync­ing means Over­cast’s servers do the heavy lift­ing of find­ing new episodes, re­duc­ing the load on your de­vice’s bat­tery and data us­age.

The app has clearly been writ­ten from the per­spec­tive of a se­ri­ous pod­cast fan: you can try pod­casts with­out hav­ing to sub­scribe, the ads aren’t hor­rific, the playlist man­age­ment is great and you can get pod­cast rec­om­men­da­tions via Twit­ter to help you find new things.

We did en­counter nig­gles with the search func­tion, though. When we searched for well–known pod­casts about bands such as Hüsker Dü and R.E.M., they didn’t ap­pear in the search re­sults. We found our­selves hav­ing to find the ex­act name of each pod­cast in Sa­fari in or­der to find them in Over­cast. How­ever, that’s a very mi­nor nig­gle in an oth­er­wise in­cred­i­bly im­pres­sive pod­cast app.

the bot­tom line. Nicely de­signed and a joy to use, Over­cast is a great pod­cast player.

Over­cast man­ages to de­liver lots of in­for­ma­tion with­out get­ting too clut­tered.

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