Podcast Addict: Automatically Download Podcast Episodes to Your Android Device
If you have subscribed to one or more podcasts, you might like the idea of listening to these shows on your Android device. Instead of listening to music while on the go, jogging, or shopping, you can tune into a podcast instead. While not always the best choice, sometimes it can be a valid option, especially if you subscribe to informative podcasts that teach something.
Podcast Addict is a free adware app for Android that you can use to get your regular podcast fix. What sets it apart are two things: First, the options it makes available for subscribing to podcasts, and second, its automatic download feature that you can use to download podcasts to your device so that you can listen to broadcasts while you are offline. .
While other podcast apps may offer similar functionality, it is the complete package that makes PodCast Addict so appealing.
The app offers several ways to subscribe to podcasts. You can use the internal search engine or browse various podcast suggestions, add podcasts via RSS, import an OPML file or add the contents of a folder directly in the app.
It only takes a few taps to subscribe to a new podcast, which is then automatically added to the apps home page and my subscriptions page. To add new podcasts, just tap the plus icon in the top right corner to get started.
The search is pretty good and find a lot of podcasts as far as I know. The list of results is a bit complicated though, and you might have to browse the results a bit to get what you are looking for.
Once you’ve added the podcast, you can open it to start listening immediately, or download the episodes shown to you instead. This only works if you are connected to a WiFI network, unless you change the preferences of the app first.
You can download individual episodes if you want, or open the menu button to download all unread episodes at once. What’s not so good is that you are limited to a selection of episodes, say the last 5 or 10 with no apparent option to download the previous podcast episodes as well.
The application preferences are quite extensive: here you can configure the update, download and streaming behavior for example. This includes options to configure automatic downloads of new subscribed podcast episodes, when and how they are downloaded, and where the episodes are stored.
Here you can also change audio player preferences, including options to change the default play speed from 1.0x in 0.1 increments or decrement (this doesn’t seem to work properly at this time).
An internal audio player is used to play all the default podcasts which you can change in the options so that you can select one of the other audio players available on the system for playback instead.
The program has some minor quirks that need to be addressed, like the broken playback speed changer or the missing option to download previous episodes of a podcast. All in all, this is something that many users may be able to handle, especially since the feature set of the app is quite impressive. You can donate to get rid of advertising in the player interface if you mind.