This is a continuation of 10 Best Podcasting Apps For Android – Part 1.
DoggCatcher Podcast Player
This is a paid app, and a very popular one. Doggcatcher is considered to be the king of podcast apps. At the time of writing, it has been reviewed well over 6,000 times at Google Play, and has received an average rating of 4.5/5. At $4.99, it is packed with lots of functionality. For people who are using Google Listen, Doggcatcher lets you import your feeds. Developers have paid close attention to the interface, and the result is a smooth UI which won’t let you down. It’s worth noting that Doggcatcher is Android Central’s Editors’ Choice podcatcher of the year.
It is packed with advanced search functionality, but you can always choose to add feeds easily using the Top 100 DoggCatcher feeds. Other notable features include variable speed playback and automatic actions which automatically updates your subscription as soon as it is published. It comes with an integrated audio/video player which plays all the video formats supported by Android. It even gives you recommendations based on your feed subscription, which is a great feature to have by.
As said before, it is a paid app and costs $4.99. There’s no free/trial version that you can download. Doggcatcher can be bought from Google Play over here.
Podkicker Pro Podcast Player
Podkicker Pro Podcast Player is an enhanced version of Podkicker Podcast Player, a free player, rewritten from scratch with new features. Like the Podkicker, the paid version also has a very user friendly interface. You can listen to podcasts by entering the feed URL. Alternatively, a database consisting of over 100,000 podcasts ensures that you never run out of content. It uses a simple layout that is intuitive, with large tabs at the bottom using which you can easily access various features.
The free version is very functional, but the paid version comes with added functionality such as automatic downloads, car mode, swipe navigation and lockscreen controls, all of which prove to enhance the user experience.
Stitcher Radio – News & Talk
Stitcher Radio is one of the most popular podcasting apps available on Play Store. As the name says, the app’s main feature is that it allows the user to “stitch” favorite content to create a playlist of favorite shows. Content can be personalized by using ‘like’ and ‘unlike’ buttons on broadcasts, thus allowing you to customize user experience.
You can use the app in different ways. There’s a live radio player, but with the podcast functionality, it transforms into a very functional application, and ability to create custom stations just takes it to the next level. You can listen to over 10,000 radio shows, live stations, and podcasts on demand. Since the app is available free of cost, it’s worth giving it a try.
Stitcher Radio can be downloaded from the Play Store over here.
PodTrapper Podcast Manager
PodTrapper Podcast Manager is a paid offering, so expect it to have features which are available in other premium apps. It has features like Automatic podcast management, Playlist support, Extensive built in library, Customize when/how to download and many more. The interface is not that fancy, blame the developers for that because this app hasn’t been updated since February 2011!
There is a trial version available, but for some reason it’s not present on Google Play. You’ll have to download it from developers’ website over here. It has great features, but I suggest you to try the trial version first. At $6.99, the dated user interface can be a deal breaker, nevertheless it’s a fine app.
Click here to visit the Google Play page.
BeyondPod Podcast Manager
Beyond Podcast is yet another great podcasting app. Unlike PodTrapper, this was updated recently. It’s a free app and offers radical management features such as automated download and deletion, advanced file management and categorization, commercial skipping, audio book support and extensive search. It even supports a cool home screen widget, which allows one-button access to your podcasts and is great to have.
The user interface is very fluid. Navigating within the app isn’t a daunting task, and you can customize the way it receives updates. BeyondPod is able to store the selected content in a very user friendly fashion. There’s also a tablet version of the app. BeyondPod’s integrated podcast player tracks what podcasts you have listened to, and supports automatic deletion of podcasts at the end of playback in order to save space.
The app is free to download, however, it will be functional only for the initial seven days, post which you’ll have to buy the unlock key. Visit the app’s Play Store page over here.
RatPoison – Podcast and YouTube RSS player
RatPoison is a Podcast and YouTube RSS player. It is free, and most importantly, it is ad free. It has over 2000 reviews on Google Play and has received an average rating of 4.7/5. The UI is somewhat inspired by ‘graffiti’ and has many features that other free apps don’t have. RatPoison supports automated downloading and superb search functionality.
The app is just functional, and doesn’t have any of those pesky banner ads that you would find in most of the free apps out there. You may or may not like the hand drawn interface, so that’s that. Nevertheless, it offers excellent features for a free app.
Google Play page can be visited over here.
This is the last app I’m mentioning in this post. I know, it’s a pretty long post and you must have already found a podcasting app that floats your boat by now, but Pocket Casts requires a special mention. Pocket Casts comes with a spectacular user interface that is fluid to use. It’s not just about the looks. It provides customizability and functionality of apps such as Doggcatcher and BeyondPod.
It’s a paid app and costs $2.99, but worth every cent. There’s no trial or free version available, but it has received over 2700 reviews and overall rating is 4.6/5.0. If you want to put money on a podcasting app, but not sure which one to go for, buy Pocket Casts with your eyes closed. You’ll love it.
Play Store page of Pocket Casts can be found over here.
Conclusion: Above are quite a lot of Google Play alternatives. Doggcatcher, BeyondPod and Pocket Casts are some of the best apps out there on which you can put your money on and not regret. There may be some more better podcasting apps which I have failed to notice, so do bring such apps to my notice using the comment form below. Which app did you download? How has it been treating you so far? Let me know.