Learn a new skill or be entertained with these leading Android podcast apps.
Finding the right app for listening to podcasts can be difficult. On iOS, beginners have the option of using the built-in Podcasts app which simply allows users to download or stream the content they want to listen to.
Unfortunately for Australian Android users, there is no built-in solution for listening to podcasts on Google's platform. Google’s own podcasting solution, which is embedded within Google Play Music, is currently only available in the United States and Canada.
Thankfully, there are many high-quality alternatives that will satisfy your podcast consumption needs. Here are eight of the best.
1. Pocket Casts
Pocket Casts is a paid mobile and web podcast delivery platform developed by Australian company Shifty Jelly. Its most useful features include the ability to save podcasts so you can listen to them without a connection and the option to stream podcasts to a Google Cast device.
The app heavily uses Google's material design style so it feels familiar as soon as it's opened. In addition to its Android app, Pocket Casts is also available on iOS and Windows Phone and you can also access it via the Pocket Casts website as a streaming service, though that’s going to cost you an extra $9 as a one-time fee.
Price: Free/$11.99 per month for Spotify Premium
Spotify is renowned as the most popular platform for streaming music on desktop and mobile, but what is not commonly known is that Spotify also offers podcasts on its service.
Spotify began serving podcasts to its users in February 2017 and has grown its catalogue to include highly popular content from the likes of Slate or key Australian radio programs like Hamish & Andy.
While it doesn't have every available podcast, if you're already a Spotify user it's convenient and won't take up precious storage space on your phone.
Price: Free/$16 per month for Soundcloud Pro
Soundcloud built its brand on being a simple, central place for sharing all kinds of audio content. Its popularity has meant that major organisations have set up shop on the platform to deliver their content to Soundcloud's large audience.
Soundcloud’s catalogue offers its users more variety and a greater selection of podcasts than Spotify, including popular shows from NPR and CNN. There's also a good range of Australian options, though it's unlikely you'll find as many niche podcast options as you would through iTunes.
4. Podcast Addict
Podcast Addict is a free-to-use Android application that allows users to save their favourite shows and series and play them back at any time.
Podcast Addict’s catalogue is impressive, with offerings from major international media organisations (CNN, PBS and Ted Talks) and a decent selection of Australian podcasts (including the finder Money podcast).
Podcast Addict also offers users French, German, Italian, Chinese and Dutch podcasts.
5. TuneIn Radio
Price: Free/$10.99 per month for TuneIn Premium
TuneIn’s focus is on Internet radio, but the podcasts section is alive and well with 5.7 million options to choose from. That includes both the best international options and local shows for the Australian audience.
TuneIn works on Android, iOS and on the web, allowing you to move between devices while still having the ability to access your favourite shows.
6. Stitcher Radio
Price: Free/$6.49 per month for Stitcher Radio Premium
Stitcher Radio's interface may look older than its counterparts, but that doesn't mean it sacrifices functionality. Stitcher offers support for Android Auto, which makes listening to podcasts while driving easy.
In fact, in order to make the entire Stitcher experience more convenient, your front page is adjusted to fit your interests. The app gives you the ability to put your favourite content into playlists so you don't have to spend time trawling through the app trying to find what you're looking for.
Podbean offers you a heavily personalised landing page displaying podcasts that you might be interested in, as well as what is trending at the time, and like Stitcher, Podbean also has support for Android Auto.
Podbean is a great solution for podcasters who can use the app to record, edit and upload their content straight from their device, making the experience hassle-free.
8. Podcast Republic
Price: Free ($3.89 in-app purchase to remove ads)
Podcast Republic's clean design and usability make it a great option for listening to podcasts. You can access the most important sections quickly with a sidebar which is accessible with a simple slide of the screen, as well as a bottom bar for quick access.
Podcast Republic is extremely customisable, offering 11 branches for users to customise, so podcasts sound and look the way you want them to. This customisation lets you change the colour of the UI as well as allowing you to remove certain elements you don't want on your screen.