Top 10 Free Podcast Apps for iOS
There are many great podcast apps for iOS, but which is the best one for you? Many just stick to the pre-installed Apple Podcasts app, and it does the job, but there are other free options that have unique features and focus.
There are many great podcast apps for iOS, but which is the best one for you? Many just stick to the pre-installed Apple Podcasts app, and it does the job, but there are other free options that have unique features and focus. Check out these options, find the one that fits your preference and lifestyle, and have a seamless, pleasant podcast experience!
Apple Podcasts is pre-installed to iPhones and is by far the most used podcast app in the world today. It has over 550,000 shows with over 18.5 million episodes, and all the basic functions such as keyword search, recommendations and downloading. The sync function comes in handy when you listen to different Apple products. Between this behemoth and Spotify, they account for over 80% of podcast downloads.
Overcast has a very simple and intuitive interface. You can create custom playlists with filters and priorities and easily rearrange them. Overcast supports 3D Touch, Car Play, and Apple Watch. It is supported by ads that are targeted by category and usually are about related podcast shows. You can pay to remove ads.
If comedy and laughs are an essential part of your life, Laughable is perfect for you. It is a comedy/podcast app with incredibly high reviews. You can find a comedian’s podcast appearances as a host or guest, tour dates, and social media pages, all in one place. They also offer thousands of non-comedy podcasts featuring people such as Elon Musk, J.K. Rowling, Richard Branson, Yo-Yo Ma etc.
Castro has a beautiful interface with a unique QUEUE system. When you get new episodes, you can read the description and add (drag and drop) ones you want to listen to QUEUE for automatic download and making playlists for later. The app is free, but you can subscribe to Castro Plus for $18.99/year to get more features such as Trim Silence and Side Loading.
If all other podcasts look similar and boring, try Breaker. You can follow your friends to see what they are listening to and find out trending shows from the community. You can easily like, comment, and share your favorite episodes. It has over 500,000 podcasts and all the basic features available. It is free, but you can also purchase some exclusive shows and episodes.
Castbox has more than 1 million podcast channels in 70 different languages. You can cloud sync and listen from any device. The app supports ChromeCast, Google Home, Amazon Alexa, and Android Auto. They also have a new feature called Zen Mode, which is an ambient sound player of peaceful soundscapes for a better bedtime; less anxiety and deep relaxation.
TuneIn Radio lets you listen to not only podcasts but also radio shows, music, and sports, and has great reviews. It supports Apple Watch, CarPlay, Google Home, Amazon Echo and Alexa. You can subscribe to TuneIn Radio Premium to remove ads and listen to more content, but the free version works great, too.
PodBean is the favorite of many podcast creators and listeners. It has been picked for one of the trending podcast apps of global best in Google Play Store in 2017. You can listen to millions of podcasts and audiobooks for free, and get customized recommendations based on your play history. It supports Bluetooth, ChromeCast, android auto, and integrates with Amazon Alexa.
Stitcher offers over 200,000 podcasts & radio shows, and some of them are exclusive only to Stitcher. You can stream them instantly or download them for later. It supports Android Auto and integrates with over 50 other car models from Ford, GM, Mazda and many more. They have received many awards such as the Top 5 Podcast Apps (TIME Magazine), 12 Best Entertainment Apps (PC World), 20 Best Apps (TechCrunch), and 25 Top Android Apps (TIME Magazine).
If you are already in love with or married to Spotify, the chances are you don’t even need a new app for podcasts. Spotify has thousands of podcasts, including originals that you cannot find anywhere else. You can get recommendations to find the latest and trending podcasts.
Check out our articles on top podcasts in different categories (such as Top Comedy Podcast to Listen to in 2019) to find your next favorite podcast channel!