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Tired of overly complicated Android podcatchers? Try AntennaPod. This open source app includes all the features you love and none of the crap you don’t.

If you don’t listen to podcasts, you should. Some more conversational shows feel like overhearing a conversation between friends, while others present you valuable information. Explore long enough and you’re bound to find shows you like.

Apps like Stitcher try to turn podcasting into a Pandora-like radio station, automatically playing shows you might find interesting. But what if you just want a more traditional podcatcher, that regularly downloads the shows you love so you can listen to them on your own time?

Try AntennaPod. This program downloads your shows and lets you listen to them in whatever order you like. Even better: it’s free and doesn’t include any ads.

Using AntennaPod

Start up AntennaPod and you’ll see the podcasts you’ve already added:

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We’ll talk about adding shows later, for now let’s focus on playback. From this screen you can tap a show to see a list of episodes. Because I love the sound of my own voice, I’m browsing Technophilia. Note you can also use this to browse good shows.

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Tap an episode to read the description, or the arrow to the right to see the following options:

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Note that new episodes can also be downloaded automatically, but you’ll need to first enable this in the settings. Once you’ve downloaded files you can send them to the queue:

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Episodes in the queue will play consecutively, which is perfect if you want to relax and listen to a bunch of shows in a row. I recommend doing so.

AntennaPod runs in the background, meaning you can multitask while you’re listening to podcsts. While doing so, you can control AntennaPod from Android’s notifications area or using the included widget:

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It’s also worth noting that AntennaPod isn’t limited to playing audio podcasts: video also works. Advanced podcast features like chapters and varied speed playback is also included, so be sure to explore the settings to really get everything you can out of this program.

Adding Shows To AntennaPod

Worried adding your shows to this new program will be complicated? Don’t be. If you’ve got an OPML file – most podcatchers support exporting to one – you can easily import everything. And if not, it’s simple to add shows:

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You can enter every URL by hand, or use the search tool. The search is powered by Miro Guide, so odds are your show is listed there. (Miro is the best cross-platform podcatcher for desktop users Miro: An All-In-One Application To Manage All Of Your Media [Cross-Platform] Miro: An All-In-One Application To Manage All Of Your Media [Cross-Platform] We have a lot of media that we need to keep track of before we forget that we even have them. We're also on a constant need for new, fresh media. Ideally, it'd be great... Read More , but the guide created for this program is integrated into a surprising number of other projects because of its openness and relative completion). Just hit the search button from the add screen and you should find whatever you’re looking for.

Or, if you prefer browsing for new shows, you can look through the Miro Guide directly:

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Just pick a category and you’ll see the most popular shows in it. Here’s Science, for example:

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You can’t keep scrolling through a category, however: you’ll only see the highest-rated and most popular shows. It’s annoying, but there are other places to find podcasts. Saikat outlined five podcast directories 5 Podcast Directories You Can Visit To Subscribe & Download Free Podcasts 5 Podcast Directories You Can Visit To Subscribe & Download Free Podcasts Read More , use them to find shows then add them to AntennaPod using search or by pasting in the URL.

Other Android Podcatchers

Of course, if AntennaPod isn’t right for you, there are other apps to check out. Chris outlined the top six podcast apps for Android 6 of the Best Podcast Apps for Android 6 of the Best Podcast Apps for Android While Apple offers their own podcast app for iOS, there’s no official Google application for podcasts on Android. Google Listen, a podcast app once developed by Google Labs, languished without updates for years and has... Read More , if you need a place to begin. Most of these apps are similar in terms of features, but all are either not free or include ads. To me, this makes the open source AntennaPad the best app for the job.

What’s your favorite Android tool for downloading and listening to podcasts? And while you’re at it, what are your favorite shows? Share everything in the comments below.

  1. Mohan
    October 16, 2013 at 7:58 pm

    Been using this app daily for months now, love it!!

  2. Brian Gray
    October 16, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    I'd like to see a podcast app that allows you to vary the speed of playback WITHOUT having to pay to do so. BeyondPod seems to be the best podcaster for me, however I can't change the playback speed without buying a separate app. I don't care about little ads...

  3. Maciej S
    October 16, 2013 at 7:32 am

    Thanks for review. Good app, but personally I'd prefer Podcast Addict (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bambuna.podcastaddict&hl=en)

  4. This Guy
    October 15, 2013 at 10:50 pm

    Didn't see a link to the app, so here you go: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=de.danoeh.antennapod

  5. Kannon Y
    October 15, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    I'm really glad that someone finally reviewed AntennaPod. They finally blew up when they added the Miro Guide support. Right now they're probably the best, and cleanest in terms of permissions, podcatcher app on Android. Darn good review though. Thanks for writing this!

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