Podcasts: Apple's Standalone App Arrives Ahead of iOS 6

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I'm so guilty of forgetting about podcasts. Though I'm subscribed to several, they tend to get lost in the chaos of iTunes, Spotify, Hulu, Netflix, and all the other places I'm turning to for media. But these shows have been given a little breathing room. Prior to the proper release of iOS 6, Apple has launched a standalone app for audio and video Podcasts.


What does it do?

Podcasts lets you do everything you were doing in the podcasts section of iTunes, but now it's siloed in a separate, easy to use app. Plus, there are some new features. You can use it to search, subscribe, and listen to your favorite programs.


Why do we like it?

All you have to do to download a specific episode or subscribe to a show is tap. A new section called top stations, which suggests shows you might enjoy, organized by categories like food, design, music, and so forth, is also great. Plus we love that there's also a sleep timer, so if you're listening to something before bed, it will shut off after, say, 30 minutes. And if you find a really good podcast, you can tell your friends through some new sharing tools for Facebook, Twitter, and email.

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Download this app for:

The Best:

More attention for podcasts

The Worst:

Should've existed before


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The one thing I hate about podcasts through iTunes is that if you don't continuously refresh your updates and listen to the podcasts, iTunes assumes you're no longer interested in downloading them and stops doing it for you. I can't tell you how many episodes of This American Life and Radiolab I've missed because I forgot about it for a couple of weeks. Hopefully they've solved this issue....