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The best Android podcast apps for your listening pleasure

Radio is a dying format — err, at least in the traditional manner. These days, many of us prefer to listen to podcasts or other streaming media that allow us to listen at our own leisure. Thankfully, there are thousands upon thousands of amazing podcasts available on-demand. Below are a few of our favorite podcast apps for Android that allow you to quickly access The Daily and NPR’s robust lineup wherever you might roam.

Pocket Casts ($ 4)

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One of the most popular podcast apps is Pocket Casts, which sets itself apart with a modern interface that looks as great as it functions. The app supports both light and dark themes, and offers settings that let you control your download preferences — a welcome feature if you don’t have unlimited data. You can also build a playback podcast, trim the silences between podcasts, and carry out a host of other actions.

Another neat feature in Pocket Casts is that you can sign in using any Android device, which helps you access your podcasts quickly if you use multiple devices. The developers behind the app also routinely release bug fixes and updates, so you can expect more great features as time goes on. At $ 4, the price is steep, but worth it if you love podcasts.

Download now from:

Google Play

RadioPublic

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RadioPublic is a relative newcomer to the Podcasting world, but it has some pretty impressive credentials; RadioPublic’s founding partner is the nonprofit Public Radio Exchange. The team at RadioPublic wanted to create a podcast app that helps listeners discover and connect with content creators. While the story behind the app is pretty impressive on its own, it’s also an excellent option for listening to your favorite podcasts.

Download now from:

Google Play

Castbox

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Castbox is another fairly new podcast app that makes finding your favorite content simple. With Castbox, you can listen to more than 50 million different podcasts from around the world. In addition to providing a huge assortment of content, Castbox offers a clean and easy to use interface.

Download now from:

Google Play

Podcast Addict

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Podcast Addict has a pretty nice feature set, especially for a free app. It offers support for Sonos speakers, so if you like to listen to podcasts around the house, this may be the perfect app for you. Video podcasts are also supported on Podcast Addict.

The trade-off for these features is that the interface is a little cluttered and outdated. You’ll still be able to tweak download preferences and other settings, however, and the app offers support for internet radio stations, allowing you to listen to awesome stations like KEXP and Radio Free Brooklyn, no matter where you live.

Download now from:

Google Play

SoundCloud

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SoundCloud has become quite the podcast app over the past few years, and many content creators now choose to upload their podcasts directly to SoundCloud in addition to other platforms. The main downside is that it will take some time for you to find all the podcasts you want to listen to, but once you do, everything will work nicely and smoothly. The app features a handsome interface, too, and allows you tom designate “favorite” tracks you’d like to listen to at a later time.

SoundCloud is largely about streaming rather than downloading, however, so if you’re looking for something that you can use offline, there might be a better option on the app market.

Download now from:

Google Play

Spotify

As the most popular streaming music service, it’s surprising it took Spotify so long to jump on the podcast bandwagon. Spotify has a beautiful user interface that is incredibly simple to use. With apps for both Windows and Mac, it’s also easy to continue listening to your podcast at work. If you like obscure podcasts, however, Spotify may not be the best option. Spotify carefully curates the podcasts on its platform, meaning you may not be able to find less popular ones.

Download now from:

Google Play Store

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