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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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