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TechLife Australia - - DISCOVER - [GRA­HAM BAR­LOW]

Since Casto 2 in 2016, it’s upped a ver­sion num­ber and dropped the price tag. The ba­sic app is now free; ad­vanced fea­tures are avail­able with an in-app pur­chase of a sub­scrip­tion ($11.99 per year).

The big player here is Over­cast, which has a loyal fol­low­ing, but we found Cas­tro’s unique method of treat­ing in­com­ing pod­cast episodes like an email in­box more in­tu­itive to use if you want to keep rack­ing up things to lis­ten to. With a tap, you move episodes from your in­box to a queue, or send them to the archive for later pe­rusal. It’s that sim­ple, al­though if you want to have mul­ti­ple playlists to choose from you’re out of luck.

Now that it’s free, we’re big fans. You have to pay for a sub­scrip­tion for ad­vanced fea­tures like Night Mode, chap­ter se­lec­tion and set­ting time to skip in­tros, but you can live with­out these things. As a quick and dirty pod­cast player, Cas­tro is now a real con­tender.

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