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Folks looking to branch out in the world of podcast apps may want to check out Downcast for iOS and Mac. The two apps are considered by many to be best in their respective categories, and for a limited time, both of them are available at discounts of up to 50%.

The iPhone client, for those who haven’t used it, is about as sharp as they come. It’s packed with innovative features like gesture-based playback controls, and looks great thanks to its recent iOS 7 refresh. And the Mac version of the app is equally impressive…

Downcast for iOS

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– Search, subscribe to and download audio and video podcasts of any size
– Manually subscribe to podcasts via URL 
– Download podcasts automatically (including resuming downloads) 
– Create and edit “smart” playlists 
– View podcast details and episode show notes 
– Sync podcast subscriptions, playlists, settings and episode information with other iOS devices via iCloud
– Video and audio AirPlay support
– Stream episodes without downloading 
– Gesture support

You can find Downcast in the App Store, for iPhone and iPad, for $1.99 (normally $2.99).

Downcast for Mac

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– Search, subscribe to and download audio and video podcasts
– Manually subscribe to podcasts via URL
– Browse and download older podcast episodes
– Auto-update podcast feeds based on schedule
– Support for password-protected feeds
– Create and edit “smart” playlists
– Sync podcast subscriptions, playlists, settings and episode information with other Macs and iOS devices** via iCloud
– .5x, 1x, 1.25x, 1.5x, 2x and 3x speed playback*
– Chapters support for enhanced podcasts
– Stream episodes without downloading

You can find Downcast for Mac in the Mac App Store for $4.99 (normally $9.99).

According to Downcast’s Twitter account, the sale will last just a few days, running from Today through April 11. I would recommend grabbing these great apps while they’re on sale, and subscribing to our two podcasts: Let’s Talk iOS and Let’s Talk Jailbreak.

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  • David Gitman

    nice

  • andyr354

    Picked up the Mac version. Sweet program on IOS, been a user for a few years now.

  • JoshuaHulgan

    Pocket Casts all the way.

  • svartkuken

    Instacast is way better, both the iOS and Mac version.

    • Damian

      I disagree, but it is still a great program

    • iPhone Gruru

      I have never used instacast,but the reviews for it look awful

      • Damian

        It is very good on Mac and it syncs with your ios app too. It is almost identical to Downcast

      • svartkuken

        I first found Downcast and was pretty satisfied but when Instacast went free for a limited time i switched to it immediately. Since I listen 50/50 on my iPhone and MacBook the syncing MUST work properly, and with Downcast it didn’t. But that might have changed.

  • madmaxmedia

    How are the catalogs of these 3rd party apps? I’d like to move to Downcast perhaps, but like browsing for new podcasts through the Apple apps. I’m guessing the 3rd party apps don’t have as extensive a selection.

    • mrgerbik

      downcast has tons in its list but you can just enter any podcast manually if its not in there

      I highly recommend downcast

  • Damian

    when it comes to mac apps, there are two options: Downcast $5 or Instacast $20. The choice here is obvious. Plus Downcast just seems to be superior at the moment, because it allows to do a bit more.