Previously I took a look at the best apps for listening to radio on your smartphone or tablet. Within that piece I included an app that could access both live radio stations and podcasts. Here I’m looking for the best PODCAST app on Android after some searching and there’s a clear winner
Podcast and Radio Addict On Android – Simply the best!
Are you a podcast addict? Podcast and Radio Addict has become the number 1 podcast app on android.
In a previous blog I wrote about how TuneIn app was my pick for listening to radio. Although I like TuneIn, recently it’s be stalling and crashing on me… like I mentioned previously, it’s quite a large app to have installed (over 40MB on my phone) so this could be the crux of the problem.
So, I decided to give Podcast and Radio Addict a try. Immediately, it’s running better on my phone, using half the storage and there is a number of reasons why you might pick it over TuneIn.
Podcast and Radio Addict, is definitely the best podcast app I have found. Where TuneIn has a good range of podcasts, it requires podcasters to make their content available on the service, whereas Podcast Addict picks it up from the most popular sources like iTunes and Soundcloud, it has the ability to pull directly from the iTunes library, and what serious Podcast isn’t on iTunes.
Another great feature of the app is that it gives you a choice of either downloading or streaming, so should you have limited data on 3G or 4G, you can download the podcasts when on a Wifi network, and listen to them later. You can also subscribe to your favourites, and unlike the iTunes subscribe button, the app won’t automatically download just because you subscribed. Podcast Addict gives you a notification whenever a new episode has been uploaded.
Streaming radio is also available on Podcast and Radio addict. The amount of stations is nowhere near TuneIn, but similarly to TuneIn you can set your favourites so you don’t have to go searching every time you want to listen. I had a quick scan through the UK stations for my favourites, it has got pretty much all the commercial and national stations… for anything it doesn’t have, you can add streams manually if you have the address to the stream. See my video below on how to listen to radio with podcast addict.
It also features a podcast recommendations section, which you can easily browse through, read about the ones people are listening to and give it a chance if you please. A shuffle feature is also cool, you can put your choice of podcasts on shuffle and it’s going to pick one at random. Good option if you subscribe to something a back log of episodes. Similarly to TuneIn it has a car mode, which makes it easier to switch around when driving.
The interface and navigation takes a bit of getting used to, after that there’s no complaints here… the performance has been better than tune in so I’m changing my number 1 choice when it comes to the best app for streaming podcasts or a combination of podcasts and radio. It’s smaller and performs better than TuneIn, it’s also completely free – you can pay somewhere in the region of £2 to lose the ads. This is the easily best free podcast app on android and has the added bonus of radio. This is without doubt the best podcast app on android that I have found. Feel free to argue with me if I’m wrong! I’d LOVE to hear of a better one.
Why it’s the best podcast app on Android
- It’s free!
- It’s light on storage
- Great range of podcasts AND radio stations
- Ability to manually add any radio stations not listed
- Downloadable podcasts
- Recommendations and shuffle feature
- Car mode
- Supports Chromecast
Some minor drawbacks
- Not immediately clear, may take times to get your head around navigation.
- Not available on iPhone or iPad.
Podcast and Radio Addict is available on Google Play and: