The 8 Best Podcast Players for Android
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So you’ve read our list of recommended podcasts The 20 Best Podcasts of 2015: As Recommended by MakeUseOf The 20 Best Podcasts of 2015: As Recommended by MakeUseOf Have you ever wondered what your favorite MakeUseOf authors listen to when they want to learn something new, hear a good story, or simply be entertained? This article means you need wonder no more. Read More (or perhaps even started your own podcast How To Start Your Own Successful Podcast How To Start Your Own Successful Podcast Podcasts can be heard by millions of people worldwide. Now it's easier than ever to collaborate, record, edit, publish, and promote your own show. We show you how. Read More ), and you’re ready to dive into a new world of audio-based heaven.

Unfortunately, while the podcasts themselves might be awesome, the quality of apps through which you can access them varies wildly. You don’t want your experience to be tarnished by using a player that lacks features, is inconsistent at downloading the latest episodes, or has poor playback.

Worry not — we’re here to guide you through some of the best podcasts players that are currently available on the Android operating system.

Pocket Casts ($3.99)

The paid-for Pocket Casts has been a favorite of Android users for a long time, and with its regular updates, it just keeps getting better.

The developers of the app, Shifty Jelly, have won a host of awards, including Google Play Top Developer, Google Play Editors’ Choice, and Google Material Design Award — so you know you’re in good hands.

The app is one of the most full-featured players available and comes with audio effects, the ability to schedule downloads while you sleep, a way to sync your episodes between other Android devices and iOS devices, and multiple storage options.

Plus, it can stream episodes straight from your device to your Chromecast Chromecast 2.0: What's New? Chromecast 2.0: What's New? The aptly named Chromecast 2.0 is Google's first major revision to the device since it was first released all the way back in July 2013. What's new? Read More .

Podcast & Radio Addict (Free)

The free Podcast & Radio Addict app takes podcast management one step further.

In addition to letting you organize and download your podcasts, it also lets you control and manage radio-on-demand, your audio books, live radio, your YouTube channels, and your RSS feeds. It also works as a standalone MP3 player, and like Pocket Cast, it syncs with Chromecast, Android Auto What Is Android Auto And How Can You Get It? What Is Android Auto And How Can You Get It? Android Auto generated a lot of buzz at CES this year, but what exactly is it and how can you get your hands on it? Let's examine it. Read More , and Android Wear.


All this functionality is in a well-presented layout that’s easy to navigate and can be customized to suit your personal preferences.

A $2.99 upgrade will remove the ads.

Player FM (Free)

Player FM tries to distinguish itself from the competition by the use of “topics”.

In practice, that means that in addition to simply subscribing to your most-loved shows, you can also subscribe to topics that interest you. It makes the app a great way to discover new podcasts and content that you otherwise would not have been aware of.


Surprisingly for a free app, there are no ads, thus giving you a clean and crisp user interface. It also features cloud-syncing, full shownotes for more than 3 million podcast episodes, and importable and exportable OPML data (in case you ever want to migrate to a different podcast player).

Stitcher Radio for Podcasts (Free)

The Stitcher app made its name as an on-demand Internet radio service, but it’s grown to become much more than that.

Once you’ve added all of your favorite podcasts, you can “stitch” them together into one long radio-esque marathon, and you can even intersperse them with actual radio content, such as breaking news and your favorite shows.


It’s also great at introducing you to new shows thanks to its podcast discovery engine that suggests new content based on your listening tastes and favorite topics.

The only downside is its design; it lacks the modern Material Design Exploring Android L: What Exactly Is Material Design? Exploring Android L: What Exactly Is Material Design? You may have heard about Android L and Material Design, but what exactly is this new design philosophy and how will it affect Android and other Google products? Read More feel of Player FM and Pocket Casts. Nonetheless, there are an impressive array of features for a free app.

AntennaPod (Free)

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It has access to the iTunes and directories, adjustable playback speed, chapter support, an advanced sleep timer, and the ability to access password-protected feeds and episodes.

It also comes complete with a Material Design makeover and a dark theme, making it a pleasure for the eyes as well as the ears.

DoggCatcher Podcast Player ($2.99)

DoggCatcher is the second paid player on our list, but it’s well worth the small fee. It’s another longtime favorite of the established podcast-listeners, and it’s been around in some iteration since the late 2000s.


It’s a feature-heavy option and comes with Chromecast and Android Auto support, auto-cleanup of media files, variable speed playback, Bluetooth support, and podcast categorization.

It also has one of the best podcast discovery tools, with the ability to browse the top 100 DoggCatcher podcasts, personalized recommendations, and a way to search both podcast and news directories.

Podcast Republic (Free)

Podcast Republic is another offering that’s been around a while and is dragging itself up to speed in the ever-changing mobile landscape.

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It also includes cross-device syncing, a lock-screen widget, OPML files, and the ability to save content onto your device’s microSD card.

The ad-free version will set you back $1.99.

Podkicker Podcast Player (Free)

Not everyone wants (or needs) a full-featured, bells-and-whistles, memory-hogging app.

If you know which podcasts you like, and you want to access them on a simple and lightweight app, you should give Podkicker a whirl.

Despite its barebones approach, it still has a dedicated search engine that includes more than 260,000 shows, a car mode for driving, podcast suggestions, and Chromecast support (in beta).

Interestingly, it can also send any podcasts you’ve downloaded to your Dropbox account, where you can then listen to them on other devices or share them with friends.

Which App is Your Favorite?

Have we convinced you to try one of these apps?

Perhaps you’re already a dedicated user of one of them and wouldn’t consider changing? If so, what makes your app of choice so special? Or maybe we didn’t even cover your favorite?

Whatever your situation, we’d love to hear from you. Let us know your thoughts and suggestions in the comments below.

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  1. Narq
    July 7, 2018 at 10:41 pm

    I've seen several recs for Podcast Addict (which is what I currently use). However, there is one glaring con- you cannot save your podcasts subs or progress. There is no account or cloud. If you use the app on a different device, you will be at scratch. You'll have to re-add your podcasts and there will be no memory of where you were on your other device. It's such a huge feature to be missing and is the sole reason I am searching for a different podcast app.

  2. Jimmy
    November 1, 2017 at 10:45 pm

    You got to check out CastBox! It has the BEST search functionality going around. Other podcast apps only give you a handful of results but CastBox gives you 20+ results everytime. (Click on episodes) once you bring back your search result. Audio quality is a bit scratchy so i'm only giving them four stars.

  3. Elya
    May 25, 2016 at 12:24 pm

    LucidPod is nice and simple podcast app.

  4. lmba
    April 13, 2016 at 7:15 pm

    Is there an android app with an onscreen volume control and bookmarking?
    Those are the 2 things missing from Podcast Addict - otherwise I love it.

    • Elya
      May 25, 2016 at 12:26 pm

      Why don't you use volume buttons on your phone for that? Bookmarking - is that to set a point in the audio to return to it later?

  5. chaoooo
    March 31, 2016 at 8:53 am

    CastBox is an APP mainly about podcast for Android devices. Here to discover and subscribe 220,000+ podcast content. Listen to 16,000+ radio stations for free. It offers podcasts and Radio from 30+ countries & languages. Control playing from multiple widgets and notification bar seems rather convenient for finger movements. it enables you to choose to download new episodes such as free music, audio books automatically when they become available, even when the app is not open.

  6. Derek
    February 18, 2016 at 3:39 pm

    I've been using Poddirectory a lot recently.

  7. Andy
    January 15, 2016 at 12:28 pm

    I agree. Missing BeyondPod was a glaring omission.

  8. Stefan Eklund
    January 15, 2016 at 8:45 am

    KIS podkicker.

  9. Brian
    January 15, 2016 at 3:13 am

    Podcast Addict is by far my favorite. In the FREE version of the app you can adjust playback speed on everything you listen to. This is fantastic since you can listen much faster than people can speak. The app is very customizable, heck you can even adjust the amount of time you skip every time you press the back and forward buttons!

  10. Shelly Middleton
    January 15, 2016 at 12:51 am

    I was shocked that BeyondPod was not included in this list. I recently uninstalled PocketCasts to return to BeyondPod. For me its best feature is the ability to set up rules for automatically putting podcast episodes into playlists in whatever order you choose. After I set up the playlist rules once, episodes are there waiting for me - in order - to listen to every morning!

  11. Martin
    January 14, 2016 at 6:37 am

    For several years now, I have been using BeyondPod as my favorite podcast player. It is a full featured player that has many neat functions. Just to mention one that I am particularly fond of is the ability to automatically rewind your podcast a couple of seconds if you have been interrupted by an incoming call. I have tried a lot of podcast players but I always return to BeyondPod.