Castro Podcast Player

Castro Podcast Player

By Supertop Software

  • Category: News
  • Release Date: 2016-08-15
  • Current IOS App Version: 2019.10
  • Adult Rating: 17+
  • File Size: 73.44 MB
  • IOS App Developer: Supertop Software
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 11.2 or later.
Score: 4.5
4.5
From 5,396 IOS App Ratings

Description

Castro is a beautiful, full-featured podcast player that makes it easy to track and manage lots of podcasts at the same time. Only listen to the episodes you want and easily skip the rest, queue up hours of podcasts at a time and enjoy a seamless listening experience with carplay compatibility, chapter support, trim silence and much, much more! HOW IT WORKS 1. New episodes land in the NEW tab. Read their descriptions, add episodes you like to your QUEUE, and clear the rest. 2. Press play to listen to episodes from your QUEUE in order. Queued episodes are downloaded automatically. 3. Re-order your QUEUE to plan your next few hours of listening at any time. Browse your LIBRARY to review the back catalogue, quickly access starred shows, and see your listening history. Subscribing to a podcast is no longer a commitment to listen to every episode. You don’t have to manage a huge list of subscriptions or choose a few shows and miss the rest. WHY OUR USERS LOVE CASTRO • Drag and drop podcasts to plan your listening with Castro’s unique queue • An elegant dark mode and thoughtfully designed sleep timer offer the best in night time podcast listening. • CarPlay support makes it easy to pick up where you left off while driving. • Apple Watch app to control playback and select another episode from your queue. • Episode notifications include a summary of the episode to help you decide if it interests you. Play, queue or clear the episode directly from the notification without opening the app. CASTRO PLUS Castro Plus is an optional paid subscription available for $18.99/year (includes a one-week trial). Plus unlocks a range of advanced features: • Trim Silence — With this option on, the app will analyze audio as it plays to detect silent parts and accelerate those parts. Get through more episodes faster. • Enhance Voices improves the listening experience for many podcasts and makes it easier to hear in loud environments. Under the hood, Enhance Voices applies a dynamic compressor to increase volume just where it’s needed. • Sideloading: Import audio files directly, just by dropping them in iCloud Drive • Mono-Mix — Mixes a stereo podcast to mono, which makes it easier to hear podcasts that pan some guests on left/right channels. • Chapter Support: Artwork, Skipping & Pre-selection. • Custom settings per-podcast: Episode Limit, Trim Silence, Enhance Voices, Mono Mix, Skip Intros, Playback Speed. WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING “Castro 3 is an incredible app.” — The Sweet Setup “Castro 3 is everything Castro already was, but better.” — MacStories Castro 3 Is a Great Modern Podcast App” — Beautiful Pixels “Unlike other podcatchers, Castro's primary virtue is its simplicity and ease of use. The app combines sleek visual design with crystal clear audio.” — Tom’s Guide CASTRO PLUS SUBSCRIPTION TERMS Castro Plus costs $18.99 per year. Prices are in US dollars and may vary in countries other than the US. Castro Plus is charged to your iTunes Account at confirmation of purchase. It will renew on the day before the current subscription period ends. You can cancel auto-renewal any time from the Castro settings screen. You can switch between the two subscription periods after you pick one, but your trial period will end immediately if you do, so it's best to wait till your free week is over before changing. Subscription automatically renews unless auto-renew is turned off at least 24-hours before the end of the current period. Your account will be charged for renewal within 24-hours prior to the end of the current period. Subscriptions may be managed by the user and auto-renewal may be turned off by going to the user's Account Settings after purchase. Any unused portion of a free trial period, if offered, will be forfeited when the user purchases a subscription to that publication, where applicable. Privacy Policy & Terms of Use: https://castro.fm/privacy-policy

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Reviews

  • Fave pod player

    5
    By Jaie
    I’ve tried a LOT of podcast players. It’s a long story. Anyway, I have not found any that work as consistently or as easily as Castro. It’s not overly fancy, but it is easy to use! There’s one queue — just tap a button to add an item to it — and the queue is super-simple to reorder, and it’s easy to automatically replace an old episode of something like an hourly news update with a new one. With the improvement of the podcast discovery options, my only (slight) gripe is that I would like to have a way to categorize my podcasts by topic/type, either multiple playlists or just some kind of grouping, while retaining the ability to easily add something to the queue. But I’m not willing to give up anything about the way Castro currently works to get it. I’ve been a very happy premium subscriber for a long time, and it’s one of the few subscriptions I don’t see ever giving up.
  • Pay yearly for advanced features.

    1
    By lame_duck
    How many of these 5 star reviews are fake?
  • Awesome

    4
    By JaiGi
    I wish there were more custom playlist options.
  • Not great for older shows

    3
    By dordr
    A good app for brand new episodes of podcasts, but not very good for listening to serialized shows from the beginning, or anything where you might want to skip around older episodes. You can view a podcasts output individually, but you can't sort. Given how queue-centric this app is, you could imagine all kinds of clever ways to integrate older episodes into the flow, but being able to sort in the library would be a nice, basic start.
  • Perfect for daily listeners

    5
    By Colingq
    This is the perfect app for heavy/daily podcast listeners. The drag and drop queue feature and being able to auto queue your favorites makes organizing a long list of new podcasts easy. The app is not the best for going back and listening to old episodes of a particular podcast however as the archive is little tedious to get through in my opinion. If you stay up to date on your podcasts, this appeal meant for you. One feature I would love to see added is a clock on the queue screen that totals up his many minutes/hours I have in the queue. This would be great for when I'm getting my podcasts ready for a day at work or especially for long drives and I don't want to have to worry about browsing for more episodes of my queue runs out.
  • Stopped working last week

    1
    By KarlAgathon
    No new podcasts are being queued, and new podcasts aren’t even shown as available for download through Castro now.
  • Great player

    5
    By The Recman
    Seriously full featured. Beautiful design. And queue management makes SO MUCH SENSE! I hate fiddling with playlists, this is so much better.
  • The best

    5
    By raupster
    Took a minute to get used to the new format coming from Castro 1, but it's brilliant. Will likely keep both for a while to transition but it's a quality podcast app.
  • Just stopped working....

    1
    By Nendrum
    About a week ago..... What’s up??? Episodes start up and then promptly Castro crashes. Ended up deleting and reinstalling. Now seeing the same behavior. Switching back to Overcast after more than a year of using Castro. What changed???
  • My favorite podcast app

    4
    By marsman12019
    I’ve tried them all, and Castro is by far my favorite podcast app on the App Store. At the end of the day, they all just play audio files, but Castro has the most polished interface and the most relevant features that I’m looking for. The queue/inbox/archive system makes way more sense to me than a playlist system, and the per-podcast settings allow me to selectively control things like speed (for slower-speaking hosts), queue order (news and time-sensitive episodes go to the top, the rest goes to the bottom), and episode limits (so daily podcasts don't stack up). The one thing that isn’t perfect is it’s CarPlay integration. It’s a little buggy — sometimes the queue doesn’t load, and sometimes episodes won’t play unless you repeatedly mash the play button — and for some reason there’s no way to archive or skip an episode without going through the phone.

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