Here are the amazing music, podcasting and email apps you should download this week

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We have an aural feast for you this week.
We have an aural feast for you this week.
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This week we check out music app alternative Soor, share audio with Riffr, discover new podcasts with Castro, and lots more.

Castro Podcasts

The Castro app is a great way to handle podcast overload.
Castro is a great way to handle podcast overload.
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Castro’s latest update is all about finding new podcasts. It offers improved search with instant results as you type, just like Overcast. Also new is the revamped discovery section, which now uses an Instagram-like feed to show you curated collections of podcasts, updated each week.

The devs also reworked Castro’s country-specific lists into this feed. If you already love Castro, you’ll be totally stoked about these new features.

Price: Free

Download: Castro Podcasts from the App Store (iOS)

Soor

Soor is pronounced ‘sur.’ Clear?
Soor is pronounced “sur.” Clear?
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Soor is an alternate music player app for your iPhone. It brings all the familiar features from the built-in Apple Music app, but with extras. For starters, it packs a dark mode that looks great on iPhones X. And its very slick, gesture-based playlist manager looks a lot better than Apple’s own. Not that it’s hard to beat that.

Price: $9.99

Download: Soor ▹ from the App Store (iOS)

Spark – Email App by Readdle

Rich text and highlights, now in Spark email.
Rich text and highlights, now in Spark email.
Photo: Readdle

Spark, everyone’s favorite non-Apple mail app, now supports rich text on iOS. Not only can you make your text bold or italic, but you can also add highlights as well as numbered and bulleted lists. It’s a small addition, but essential.

Price: Free

Download: Spark – Email App by Readdle from the App Store (iOS)

Pensato

Pensato app goes deep with scales and modes.
Pensato goes deep with scales and modes.
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Pensato is a fantastic iPhone app for musicians. It lets you explore musical scales, and compare the chords and notes found in those scales. You can also tell it a couple of notes, and it’ll come back with a list of scales that contain them. There’s more, but even these couple of tricks are worth it. The app is also beautifully designed and easy to use.

Price: $3.99

Download: Pensato from the App Store (iOS)

Riffr

Riffr has some good audio tools built in.
Riffr has some good audio tools built in.
Photo: Cult of Mac

Riffr is a new take on the social network. It’s like Instagram, only for audio. You can record (or upload in the browser) up to three minutes of audio — music, speech, anything — and anyone can listen to it. Tags and categories help people find what they’re interested in. The app is slick (if a little busy and confusing).

Price: Free

Download: Riffr from the App Store (iOS)