Before I discovered Instacast I was using iTunes on my PC to manage subscriptions, and syncing daily with my phone. iTunes on the phone does allow you download podcast episodes, but won’t let you subscribe to a series to automatically download new episodes. Then after downloading you have to play your podcasts through a different app (then called iPod, now in iOS 5 simply called ‘Music’).
Streamlines the process of finding, downloading and listening to your podcasts
The iPhone music app has notable downside: It’s designed for music. I found that when I wanted to pause a podcast, I would often hit the previous or next button, and would totally lose my place in what might be a several-hour podcast. Instacast’s buttons instead skip you forwards or backwards 30 seconds, turning a horrible experience into a useful feature (ad skipping).
Instacast streamlines the process of finding, downloading and listening to your podcasts, without ever having to deal with iTunes on your computer. It has better support for shownotes and the app is perfectly capable of playing your episodes in the background while you browse other apps. As with the music app, you can also pause and resume your podcast from the lock screen or via the headphone controls when you’re on the move.
If you listen to podcasts, or want to get in the habit, this is definitely an essential app.
Here’s a video that shows you the app in action.
Note: Before Instacast there was Podcaster (though I think it was called RSS Player then). I switched from it because Instacast felt like a much higher quality app. If you feel like comparison shopping, you could consider this one too. I have seen no need to go back.