4 App Showdown: Which Is the Best Android Podcast App?

Chris Hoffman 29-11-2013

Google doesn’t provide their own podcast app for Android anymore, but that’s fine. There are great podcast apps available for Android, whether you’re willing to pay for an app as good as anything you’d find on an iPhone or want a polished, free app.


Android apps are improving at a very fast pace. Less than a year and a half ago, we covered six of the best podcast apps available for Android The 8 Best Podcast Apps for Android Looking for the best podcast app for Android? We have you covered with apps that help you download, discover, listen, and more. Read More . Today, the Android podcast app scene is completely different. There’s one clear, best paid podcast app you should buy. If you’re looking for a free app, there’s a great new one for you.

Pocket Casts – $4

If you’re willing to spend $4, Pocket Casts is the best podcast app you can get for Android. The app’s best feature is its great user interface. When we covered Android podcast apps in the past, we found that all of them had fairly clunky, cluttered, and confusing user interfaces. Pocket Casts now has a beautiful interface, whether you’re using a smartphone or a tablet.

It also offers a cross-device syncing feature, so you can sync your podcasts, played episodes, and current place in each episode between your Android phone and tablet. Or, if you also have an iPhone or iPad, you can purchase Pocket Casts for iOS and sync your podcasts with iDevices. For example, Pocket Casts can sync your podcast data between an Android smartphone and an iPad.

Pocket Casts is packed with useful features, including variable-speed playback so you can play podcast episodes at a faster speed without messing with third-party plugin apps. Other features include a sleep timer, quick skip back and forward controls, automatic download settings, and more. If you listen to podcasts on a regular basis, Pocket Casts is absolutely worth the $4.



AntennaPod – Free

If you don’t want to spend $4 — or you just don’t listen to podcasts much and the purchase doesn’t seem worth it to you — AntennaPod is the best free podcast app you can get on Android. The interface is much cleaner than most other Android podcast apps, including paid ones. It’s not as stylish and eye-catching as Pocket Casts is, but it has a clean, simple design.

Podcast discovery and browsing isn’t ideal, offering either a clunky search feature or a way to manually add podcast URLs, so it’s not as good an experience as Pocket Casts.

AntennaPod doesn’t offer as many advanced features as you’ll find in other podcast apps. For example, it offers subscription syncing via, but there’s no way to sync your entire state including your place in each episode, which is very useful if you listen to podcasts on multiple devices.

Check out our in-depth review of AntennaPod AntennaPod: A High-Quality, Free Android Podcast App With No Ads 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. Read More for more information. Not only is it free, but it’s completely ad-free and doesn’t try to upsell you.



BeyondPod – $7

Some people still swear by BeyondPod. It’s older than both Pocket Casts and AntennaPod, and it shows. This app’s interface is much more cluttered and dated. It’s not as pleasant to use as Pocket Casts or AntennaPod. BeyondPod still offers a separate smartphone app and tablet app, while modern apps like Pocket Casts offer a single one that adapts to your screen size.

If you started using BeyondPod years ago, paid for it, and you’re happy with it and used to its interface, you may not feel compelled to switch to Pocket Casts. Still, anyone looking for a new podcast app and willing to pay money should probably go for Pocket Casts.

BeyondPod functions as a free “lite” version, offering a week-long trial. After a week, you’ll need to pay $7 for an unlock key. This is an awful lot when the superior Pocket Casts is only $4.



Doggcatcher – $3

Doggcatcher is another old classic. Before Pocket Casts stole the show, Doggcatcher and BeyondPod were the two premier paid podcast apps for Android. Like BeyondPod, Doggcatcher feels a bit older compared to Pocket Casts and its beautiful interface. Also like BeyondPod, it’s very configurable — but this can be a disadvantage as it clutters the interface.

If you’re already using Doggcatcher and you’re happy with it, you can keep using it without missing out on much functionality. But if you’re looking for a new podcast app, you should getPocket Casts.

If you want to try out Doggcatcher, you can get the lite version for a week-long free trial. After that, you’ll need to pay $3 for the full version. You should probably spend the extra dollar and get Pocket Casts instead.



What’s the Best Android Podcast App?

In our opinion, the best podcast app for Android is clearly Pocket Casts. If you’d rather have a free app, you should use AntennaPod, which has the best interface of all the free Android podcast apps by far.

BeyondPod, Doggcatcher, and other Android podcast apps we’ve looked at in the past tend to have fairly cluttered interfaces. They just aren’t a good option for most people when Pocket Casts is available for a similar price.

For more great Android apps, check out our list of the best Android apps The Best Android Apps on the Google Play Store for 2019 Looking for the best Android apps for your phone or tablet? Here's our comprehensive list of the best apps for Android. Read More .

Which is your favorite Android podcast app? Did we miss it? Leave a comment and share your own experiences!

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  1. chaoooo
    March 31, 2016 at 10:34 am

    Highly recommend CastBox app, which contains all genres of songs I like for free! You can a lso set the alarm before bedtime, and fall asleep with podcast or radio on. It’s a surprise in my Android phone. Anybody else who likes it?

  2. Anonymous
    February 21, 2016 at 3:33 am

    Just wanna find a Podcasts app for myself, hope it’s an amazing way to discover, subscribe to, and play your favorite podcast. My must-have point is numerous free audio and video radio podcast in the Featured tab, or browse Top Charts to see what’s hot right now. So that I can add favorite radio and podcast to personal stations that stay up to date when new episodes become available. I wanna try PocketCast, RadioLab, any evaluations on CastBox this new podcast app on Google Play? I also hope the podcast can also for kids when story time and for my parents as they would like to listen to the radio with their new smart phone.

  3. Anonymous
    November 19, 2015 at 11:37 am

    I've been using Podkicker since switching to Android. I've tried some of the others mentioned here but keep returning to Podkicker, although perhaps I will give Pocket Casts a try. I've read nothing but good things about it.

  4. jamnes
    March 18, 2014 at 3:09 pm

    I like Mypod. There is a new version out that has a great UI and has a great feature where you can have background music to the podcast. you just plug it in and it downloads your new podcasts. brilliant!!

  5. Anonymous
    March 15, 2014 at 11:35 am

    Just bought pocket casts, it looks like an app that is well designed and well developed. Well worth the 3 euro so far.

  6. John Brett
    February 28, 2014 at 8:47 pm

    Pocket Casts - I love it.
    It works brilliantly. It is very intuitive and is a passionate podcasters dream.
    Thank you for telling me of this great app. JB

  7. flaaa
    January 10, 2014 at 4:04 am

    For freebies Antenna pod over IPP Podcast? ? Just tried out Antenna pod ....doesn't seem to come close

  8. Kannon Y
    December 1, 2013 at 6:09 am

    Great article! I'm all about AntennaPod myself. I consider it among the 10-must have FOS apps for Android. But I'll need to try out Pocket Casts

  9. Anonymous
    November 30, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    +1 for Stitcher, although not just an Android app it is available for IOS and via the web. Great way to take your favourite podcasts wherever your are, even pick up where you left off from anywhere.

  10. Ethan
    November 29, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    Pocket casts - period. The syncing feature plus a the great design is well worth the $4. I do wish they had a queue feature though.

  11. dodge rayneir
    November 29, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    Stitcher is worth mentioning here. A free app .. now has offline listening mode too! Having tried SAntennapod, Stitcher gave the impression of being way better than it.