Pocket Casts Update

I still have yet to find the perfect podcast app that does everything I want, but most of them are good enough to get by. I will say that I seem to fare best with my podcast app flavor of the month, Pocket Casts.

There’s a reason why Pocket Casts is my podcast app of choice, at least for the moment. It’s fast, well designed, and its developers are quick on the draw when it comes to pushing out timely updates. Updates just like this one…

The big news here is the implementation of 64-bit support for iPhone 5S owners, and soon, iPad Air, and iPad mini with Retina Display owners. Along with that, there’s the reappearance of the Giant Skip Buttons that went M.I.A. a while back, coupled with enhanced sorting options, which are demonstrated in the GIF animation above. Here’s the full change long for those of you who prefer all of the meticulous details:

What’s new in version 4.2?

  • For the mobile quick tappers: the 'Giant Skip Buttons of Yore' are back, tap either side of the artwork to skip back and forth on your iPhone. Turn it off in settings if you find it too confronting.
  • For the meticulous: Unplayed episode counts now shown on podcast artwork. Yay!
  • For the organized: Podcast tiles can now be sorted by latest episode date or title, drag down on the tiles view to see the options.
  • For the tech nerds: 32 extra bits of awesome added for those lucky ducks who have 64 bit devices.
  • For the designer in all of us: Lots of visual improvements, tweaks and enhancements.
  • For the frustrated: Over 50 unique bugs squashed, involving everything from having 12,000 episodes in an episode filter to holding your phone upside down in the rain.

You can download Pocket Casts right now for $3.99 on the App Store.

As always, this is as good of a time as ever to plug our very own podcast — Let’s Talk Jailbreak. You can easily add our show to Pocket Casts, which feels right at home on the app.

With all of the aforementioned in mind, which podcast app do you prefer? Meet me in the comments to talk it over.

  • ap3604

    “For the tech nerds : 32 extra bits of awesome added for those lucky ducks who have 64 bit devices.”

    What does this even mean?

    What the hell was actually added (besides idiot talk like “awsome”) for 64 bit devices?

    • jordandev

      Basically it was just recompiled so it can run optimized for 64 bits. This will make absolutely no difference to the end user as a podcast reader is not exactly a performance intensive app.

  • Modest

    Does this have a Mac client?

    • jordandev

      no

  • Mohammed Sahib

    I use Apple’s own podcast app and Sticher. Both are free. And the former got background download which is very important to Jeff and made him pick pocket cast in the first place!

  • iPhone Gruru

    Does not support password protected podcast feeds. That is a deal breaker for me. Sorry.

  • ✪ aidan harris ✪

    Do any podcast apps support notifications for when a podcast is available to listen to?

    • QuarterSwede

      Instacast does.

  • Al

    How does Pocket Cast compare to Downcast? Looking at trying a podcast or two.

  • That Guy

    Wow, $3.99 for a recompiled podcast app…