Castro 1.1 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 002)Castro 1.1 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 005)

The high-fidelity Castro podcast player for the iPhone and iPod touch debuted last December and today got bumped to version 1.1. Despite the incremental change in version number, developers have added numerous new capabilities and refinements that will improve upon your already top-notch Castro experience.

There’s now a new continuous play feature for episodic listening, a sleep timer, vastly improved audio quality of slow-speed playback, rich new options inside in-app settings, a cleaner user interface with nicer typography and much more.

From before, the app supports non-iTunes subscriptions. Today’s update is free to existing owners of the software. For newcomers, Castro is a $3.99 download from the App Store

The app uses a new pitch shift algorithm to makes your podcasts sound “incredibly good” when played at fast or slow speeds.

If you subscribe to one of our podcasts like Let’s Talk Jailbreak or Let’s Talk iOS, you’ll no doubt love the new continuous play feature that automatically plays the next episode in your timeline.

Additional settings are available here to tell Castro to change the sort order of the timeline, control which episodes get streamed over cellular and so forth.

And hidden inside the app’s settings are several new options. Note that you can now accessed the settings interface by pinching the screen or tapping and hold the play button anywhere in the app.

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Castro 1.1 changelog lists the following highlights:

Continuous play

Castro can now automatically play the next episode in your timeline. You can change the sort order of the timeline and have complete control over whether episodes will be streamed over cellular data or not.

Enhanced audio

Castro uses a new pitch shift algorithm which makes podcasts sound incredibly good when played at fast or slow speeds. No other podcast app sounds this good.

New design

We’ve taken a fresh look at every screen of Castro.

• Typography is enhanced for legibility and consistency.
• All controls, from switches to the new playback speed bar and sleep timer, have been custom built to fit the Castro aesthetic and enhance usability.
• Castro’s color selection algorithm has been hugely improved to choose better colours from podcast artwork.
• Podcast artwork with flat color backgrounds are no longer cropped: instead, they are extended to fit perfectly in circles.

Sleep timer

Castro now has a built in sleep timer for listening in bed. Still awake when the episode pauses? Just tap play again on the lock screen or headphone remote to extend the sleep timer.

In-app settings

All the settings are now within the app instead of isolated in the Settings app. Tap the top left button on the main screen to access global playback speed, sleep timer, and scroll to other settings.

Localizations

Castro now includes Spanish and French localisations as well as the previously added Japanese and German

Bug fixes and refinements

• Improvements to show notes parsing and presentation for many podcasts.
• Fixes a bug where certain podcasts like TeeVee would fail to load because of our User-Agent string.
• Improved responsiveness of swipe back gesture.
• Custom skip intervals.
• Reduces artwork cache size.
• Fixes bug where episode could be marked listened before reaching the end when streaming.
• Fixes bug where saving to the local database could lead to a crash.
• Fixes bug where playback progress bar would appear briefly in wrong position when starting an episode.
• Fixes bug where old episodes could be marked unplayed when publisher changed their URLs.

To learn more about this update, check out the official blog post. And if I were you, I’d definitely read Jeff’s detailed review of Castro to get myself up to speed with the app.

Download Castro 1.1 in the App Store.

iOS 7.0 or later is mandatory.

  • johnnytalks

    If you are a podcast listener and in need of a simple podcast app for your phone, this is it.

    • Siddharth Desai

      I’ve been using the Apple Podcast app and haven’t felt the need to switch to anything else. It is simple and gets the job done.

    • Al

      I would absolutely like to give it a try. But the fact it doesn’t have a iPad app simply just doesn’t work for me.

      I use PocketCast and it syncs across my iPhone & iPad. There updates is entertaining as well.

    • ✪ aidan harris ✪

      I would use it if there was a Mac app. I used to use it before I got my MacBook but bought Downcast for iOS and OS X when it was last on sale and haven’t looked back since…

      • johnnytalks

        I agree they should make a mac app.