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Podurama app uses AI to make podcasts better than ever


It's hard to find great podcasts, but not if you use the Podurama app.
It's hard to find great podcasts, but not if you use the Podurama app.
Image: Podurama

The world of podcasts is wide and deep, so finding great ones in the wilds of the internet can be daunting. But with the AI-powered Podurama app, you can find and organize podcasts to your heart’s content — and sync them for listening on various devices.

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Better yet, you can use Podurama for free. And if you want all the features, you can buy the lifetime premium version for half off right now!

Podcast platform uses AI to give you recs, and it’s $40 for life


This podcast platform uses AI to give you recs, and it's $40 for life.
Get AI-powered recommendations from this new podcast platform.
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For podcast fans, the struggle is real: There are a gazillion podcasts, and you’re stuck sifting through them all to find the good stuff. Podurama offers unique tools to help you find interesting new podcasts that aren’t just the popular ones everyone else listens to.

Right now, you can get a lifetime subscription to this AI-powered podcast recommendation service for 60% off.

Why I think Overcast is the best podcast app out there [Awesome Apps]


A great design and smart features are some of the reasons why I love Overcast.
A great design and smart features are some of the reasons why I love Overcast.
Screenshot: Joe White/Cult of Mac

This definitely isn’t the first time we’ve talked about Overcast here at Cult of Mac. But since I’ve been spending time rounding up my must-have apps as part of our Awesome Apps series, it makes sense to tell you why Marco Arment’s podcast client is the best podcast app out there.

It’s actually a great time to introduce anyone unfamiliar with Overcast to the app, since it recently received its biggest redesign ever. Part of this change includes a new home screen with some smart features. I love Overcast for a number of reasons, but the app’s home screen is probably chief among them.

Podcast app Castro now rips YouTube audio to your queue


Castro is clean and beautiful.
Castro is clean and beautiful.
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Castro, one of the top two or three podcast apps for iOS, now lets you side load YouTube videos into the app. It’s audio-only, so this isn’t a way to download videos for offline viewing. But it’s a sweet feature for anyone who just wants to listen to a presentation/lecture/etc. instead of having to watch it.

Overcast comes to Mac in impressive Marzipan concept


Overcast running on macOS
Marzipan is going to bring some great apps to the Mac when it launches.
Screenshot: Steven Troughton-Smith

At WWDC last year, Apple shared a glimpse at the future of macOS. With their “Sneak Peek” of a framework, codenamed Marzipan, they previewed how macOS could support iOS apps in the future.

In macOS Mojave, Apple included a small set of “marzipan” apps – News, Stocks, Voice Memos, and Home – but the thing most people want to see is their favorite iOS apps on the Mac. Thanks to iOS developer Steve Troughton-Smith, we’ve started to get a pretty interesting idea.

The ‘best’ podcast listening app just got better


Pocket Casts
Pocket Casts gets a big user experience update.
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Pocket Casts, the paid app with more than half a million podcasts, is retooling its listening experience. An update to the popular app adds Siri Shortcuts support, improved search and discovery features, and a browse-and-play option without having to subscribe to a show.

Load any audio file into Castro by dropping it into an iCloud folder


Podcasting is like radio, only way better castro
Podcasting is like radio, only way better.
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Castro, one of our favorite podcast apps, just added two really great new features that aren’t yet available elsewhere. The first is the ability to load any audio file into the app, just by dropping it into a folder in your iCloud Drive. The second lets you preselect the podcast chapters you want to listen to.

Podcast app Castro adds most-requested features


Castro 3 playing the CultCast podcast
Podcast app Castro addresses several missing features with version 3
Photo: Ian Fuchs/Cult of Mac

With podcasts increasing in popularity, Castro has been one of the top third-party podcast players on the market. In version 2, Castro changed the way users manage their unplayed episodes with their podcast triage system. While it was a great update, and included some gorgeous design touches, it was missing some key listening features. With version 3, Castro adds in users most requested features to make it a truly great podcast player.

The great features tvOS 9.2 will bring to Apple TV


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It sounds like tvOS 9.2 is going to make Apple's streaming box even cooler.
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We know it isn’t a contest, but if we had to put the features revealed in Apple’s massive beta dump today up against each other, tvOS 9.2 would be the definite winner.

Don’t get us wrong; it’s cool to see the future of our favorite iStuff all laid out in front of us like a gleaming future-buffet. But Apple TV’s list of updates has us the most excited about what we’ll get to do with that device when the update comes to the rest of us.

Here’s what we have to look forward to in tvOS 9.2.

Subscribe To Any Podcast Directly With Apple’s Podcast App [iOS tips]



Using Apple’s recently released Podcast app for your browsing and discovery needs? Apple’s latest evolutionary step in the podcast world is a standalone app that took the podcasts out of the standard Music app and gave them a home of their own. This makes a lot of sense, as most podcasts are not strictly music. Audio, yes. Music? Not always.

The hype around the release of the app has been about discovery, of course, as giving the media type its own separate place for users to look at, complete with Apple’s own special sauce for featuring and categorizing things for their users, really helps us all find the podcasts we didn’t even know we wanted to listen to.

However, once caught up in the discovery process, you might not have known that you can subscribe to any podcast, whether it is featured or not, right from the Podcast app itself.