Apple has at last released a dedicated Podcasts app for iOS. iTunes has become a massively popular place for podcasts and gives anyone the ability to upload podcasts free of charge. It’s become a great way for people to share speeches, talks and other related content.
Everything is just how you expect it, but with Apple adding their finesse like they love to do. You can browse the library for podcasts by featured, categories, top charts and search.
You can also browse “Top Stations” in different categories, making it a lot easier to discover the most popular content.
I love the playback screen Apple have added, it looks like a classic cassette player, the discs even move! It’s useless, but it looks cool.
Here are the features Apple have put on the app description:
• Enjoy all of your audio and video podcasts in a single app
• Explore hundreds of thousands of podcasts including shows in over 40 languages
• Try the innovative new Top Stations feature to find new podcast series in a variety of topics, including arts, business, comedy, music, news, sports, and more.
• Browse by Audio or Video podcasts, or see what’s most popular in Top Charts
• Tap subscribe for your favorites and automatically receive new episodes for free as they become available
• Stream episodes or download to listen while offline
• Skip forward and back using simple playback controls
• Turn on Sleep Timer to automatically stop playing a podcast while listening in bed
• Share your favorite episodes with friends using Twitter, Messages and Mail
• Optionally sync your favorite episodes from iTunes on your Mac or PC
• Sync your episode playback for seamless transition between devices