Pocket Casts: The Best Podcast App for Android

Podcasts are hot. Red hot. And we at The Appex recommend Pocket Casts as the best Android Podcast App based on app quality, features and… Pocket Casts is the best podcast app for android bringing a clean design alongside a full set of features that help bring the most to your listening experience.

Pocket Casts: The Best Podcast App for Android
Pocket Cast features a grid layout to display all of a user’s podcast subscriptions.

This was written before the Pocket Casts sale to NPR ( and friends ). Though for now it seems not much will change with the app, bear in mind that in the future the new owners could take it in a different direction. You’ve been duly informed.

Podcasts are hot. Red hot.

The podcast listening audience has doubled over the past five years, with nearly 24% of the population in the US listening to episodes regularly.

With that exploding popularity has come a new set of needs; full-featured podcasts players, the curation of ever-expanding libraries and the discovery of quality content in an ever growing sea of options.

It’s no surprise then that the marketplace for applications focused on finding and listening to podcasts has also grown quite a bit. Sadly, while the quality of podcasts has increased exponentially, the app market has remained rooted firmly in the past.

That was until the release of Pocket Casts, our choice for the best podcast app on Android.

Yes it’s $3.99, yes it is worth it.

If you’d like to get it right now, here you go.

The Now Playing screen features the podcast album artwork, and the ability to rewind, fast forward and change the playback speed.

First off, Pocket Casts is gorgeous.

Whether you choose the light or dark theme in Pocket Casts, you’re going to get the best looking podcast player available on Android ( or iOS, or the web for that matter ).

Large, bright episode artwork dominates both the discovery and main sorting views of the app, while easy to digest lists of available episodes make scrolling through large collections easy.

In an age of podcast popularity, it’s easy to see how Pocket Casts will handle the addition of quite a number of podcast subscriptions.

Standard Power Podcast Features

Like all other top notch Podcast apps out there, Pocket Casts has a slew of industry standard features. It has Android Wear, Chromecast, Playback Speed, Downloading Episodes, Multiple Themes, etc. But of course Pocket Casts goes rises above the sea of Podcast apps with the following Power user features…

Power Listening Features, If You Want Them

For those of you who insist on increasing the speed of playback to consume more content, you can make that change inside of Pocket Casts, though I’ll never understand how turning everyone into Alvin and the Chipmunks is a pleasant listening experience.

I do however use the Trim Silence button to cut out the blank spaces in between people talking in the podcasts I listen to and this, according to the app stats, has saved me dozens of hours.

There’s also the ability to give audio a boost, which I also find invaluable (let's just say that not all podcasts I listen to are recorded on the best hardware ).

Discovery Is A Focus

Pocket Casts does a great job of allowing a user to discover new podcasts.

There is so much podcasting content being released these days; it’s almost impossible to keep track of what is good and worth listening to.

The Discover tab in Pocket Casts is your friendly guide in finding the newest and best content to download and listen to.

Trending and Top categories will surface the most popular podcasts, while Featured is a nice curation list from the Pocket Casts team. There is a Nearby tab in Discovery that ostensibly allows you to see what people near you are subscribed to, though I’ve never been able to get it to work.

Finally, if you know that you love all things by NPR, or Gimlet, searching by a network is also available.

Don’t Miss Features

The stats section of Pocket Casts surprises and delights the analytic and number savvy listener.


Many of us here at The Appex are stat geeks, so having a running tally not just of how many hours we’ve spent listening to podcasts, but also how much time we’ve saved by trimming silences, is one of those thoughtful touches we appreciate.

The Platform

If you’ve got a Sonos speaker in your home or would like at times to listen to your podcasts from your desktop computer, you’re in luck. Not only will Pocket Casts sync your account, but will also keep track of where you’re at inside of each episode, allowing you to start listening on one device, pause playback and resume from that spot on a different device.

Ex. I’ll start listening from my Sonos One in my kitchen as I make coffee in the morning, then resume on my phone as I walk out the door, playlists, and position perfectly synced. No fumbling to download or find where I left off before switching playback device.

Playback Speed

I don’t change my playback from the default 1x, but most devoted podcast listeners I know increase to 2x or 2.5x speed to whip through whatever they’re listening, swearing by how much extra content they’ve been able to ingest.

Smart Playlists

Another great feature for those of us with larger podcast libraries, Smart Playlists.

Smart Playlists allow you to automatically group and sort podcasts episodes based on the criteria of your choosing.

Create lists to display only brand new shows to download, or episodes you started and didn’t finish, group podcasts into genres ( I use storytelling, Business and Sports ), or by Network, the range of options available make managing even a large library a piece of cake.

Feature List

Auto cleanup ( save storage space )

Playback Speed

Silence Trim

Volume Boost

Sleep Timer

Auto downloads ( by podcast )

Auto playlist generation

Usable on mobile device or web

Importing and Exporting subscription lists


Pocket Casts at $3.99 feels like a bargain, and while we know there are some people who still feel like anything over $.99 is too much, this is money well spent. The time you’ll save alone in finding and managing podcasts episodes will pay for the app ten times over.

So what are you waiting for, download it, now!

Pocket Casts is our pick as the highest quality, and most fully featured Podcast App for Android.
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