Castro Podcasts

Castro Podcasts

By Supertop Software

  • Category: News
  • Release Date: 2016-08-15
  • Current Version: 3.2.1
  • Adult Rating: 17+
  • File Size: 64.92 MB
  • Developer: Supertop Software
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 10.3 or later.
Score: 4.5
4.5
From 3,947 Ratings

Description

Castro is a beautiful, full-featured podcast player that makes it easy to track lots of podcasts. Here’s how it works: 1. New episodes land in your INBOX. Read their descriptions, add episodes you like to your QUEUE, and archive the rest. 2. Press play to listen to episodes from your QUEUE in order. Queued episodes are downloaded automatically. 3. Add to and re-order your QUEUE to plan your next few hours of listening at any time. Browse your ARCHIVE to review your back catalogue of subscriptions, quickly access starred shows, and see your listening history. With Castro, subscribing to a podcast doesn’t mean making a commitment to listen to every episode. You don’t have manage a huge list of subscriptions or choose a few shows and miss the rest. FEATURES - Drag and drop podcasts to triage and reorder your next few hours of listening with Castro’s unique queue. - An elegant dark mode and thoughtfully designed sleep timer offer the best in night time podcast listening. - CarPlay support makes it easy to pick up where you left off while driving. - Apple Watch app to control playback and select another episode from your queue. - Our servers find new episodes across every podcast, so your phone doesn’t have to, saving battery life and data usage. - Episode notifications include a summary of the episode to help you decide if it interests you. Play, queue or archive the episode directly from the notification without opening the app. CASTRO PLUS Castro Plus is an optional paid subscription available for $8.99/year or $2.99/quarter (both include a one-week trial). Plus unlocks a range of advanced features: - Sideloading allows import of audio files directly, just by dropping them in iCloud Drive. - Trim Silence — With this option on, the app will analyze audio as it plays to detect silent parts and accelerate those parts. Get through more episodes faster. - Enhance Voices improves the listening experience for many podcasts and makes it easier to hear in loud environments. Under the hood, Enhance Voices applies a dynamic compressor and a peak limiter to increase volume just where it’s needed. - Mono-Mix — Mixes a stereo podcast to mono, which makes it easier to hear podcasts that pan some guests on left/right channels. - Chapter Support: Skipping & Pre-selection. - Chapter and episode artwork. - Customize settings per-podcast: Episode Limit, Trim Silence, Enhance Voices, Mono Mix, Skip Intros, Playback Speed. REVIEWS “Castro 3 is an incredible app.” — The Sweet Setup “Castro 3 is everything Castro already was, but better.” — MacStories Castro 3 Is a Great Modern Podcast App” — Beautiful Pixels “Unlike other podcatchers, Castro's primary virtue is its simplicity and ease of use. The app combines sleek visual design with crystal clear audio.” — Tom’s Guide CASTRO PLUS SUBSCRIPTION TERMS Castro Plus costs $8.99 per year or $2.99 per quarter. Prices are in US dollars and may vary in countries other than the US. Castro Plus is charged to your iTunes Account at confirmation of purchase. It will renew on the day before the current subscription period ends. You can cancel auto-renewal any time from the Castro settings screen. You can switch between the two subscription periods after you pick one, but your trial period will end immediately if you do, so it's best to wait till your free week is over before changing. Subscription automatically renews unless auto-renew is turned off at least 24-hours before the end of the current period. Your account will be charged for renewal within 24-hours prior to the end of the current period. Subscriptions may be managed by the user and auto-renewal may be turned off by going to the user's Account Settings after purchase. Any unused portion of a free trial period, if offered, will be forfeited when the user purchases a subscription to that publication, where applicable. Privacy Policy & Terms of Use: http://supertop.co/castro/privacy

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Reviews

  • Neat!

    5
    By Meister E
    Just switched to Castro from another app that recently changed its interface for the worst. Castro is unique in the way it uses an inbox and queue. My regular listens go straight to my queue. Other titles go to the App’s inbox and then I choose whether or not to add them to the queue. I find this very convenient and the UI and controls are easy to use overall. A winner!
  • Finally!!!

    5
    By fahegwagads
    I have tried and been disappointed by SO MANY podcast apps, and I can barely believe I’ve finally found one that isn’t a miserable disaster!! So much better than Stitcher, apple’s podcast app, and all the others. Castro has common sense functions and is so easy to use. It’s simple and reasonable and I love it!!
  • Fantastic podcast app

    5
    By gagator79
    This app is so much better than the standard Apple iPhone podcast out. The podcast organization tools or so much easier to use and the playback controls are much stronger.
  • Episode search is the only thing lacking

    4
    By michaellynton
    This is an”power user” podcast app. Yet how are you supposed to wrangle those episodes of you can’t search for them? Episode search would complete this app and keep me from continuing to look for an alternative. For now, the queue and inbox is enough to keep me using it, while searching for specific episodes elsewhere.
  • Lovely app but lousy support

    1
    By Belden Fox
    Castro seems like it was tailor-made for the way I listen to podcasts. Every day I flip through new episodes in my inbox and select which ones to drop in my play queue and which to archive. I particularly like that it automatically downloads episodes but only after I’ve decided to listen to them; I haven’t found any other player that gets that right. A single queue works fine for me and thanks to some recent tweaks reordering episodes is much easier. Still a bit tedious to drag something up to be next in line for playing; I do that a lot so it would be nice to have a dedicated “Play Next” button. Otherwise the UI is almost perfect. So why the low rating? Because my primary paid feed stopped updating over two and a half weeks ago and multiple e-mail messages to support have been met with stony silence. I’ve tried everything and the feed just won’t see any episodes past Nov 13. Since I can’t get new episodes on my main feed I have no choice but to use some other podcast app even though none of them are nearly as good at triage. Castro is now useless to me.
  • Loving it!

    5
    By EmeraldFyre
    Castro feels very sleek and clean. I love the inbox and queue features!
  • My favorite podcast app!

    4
    By scotluman
    Super simple to use, best features, clean looking, and fairly priced. All I need for that coveted 5th star is to be able to sort the playlist quickly by date, podcast then date, or shuffle. Lookin’ at dev team! (Honestly is settle for just shuffle)
  • Thank you, but

    2
    By MAMDOH ALANAZI
    The app always crashing
  • Nice UI, but needs work under the hood

    3
    By ski-dog121
    Castro is a very good looking app and works well most of the time. However, there are some critical bugs that pop up and can make the app nearly unusable. 1) is that the app seems to be unable to transition from streaming over WiFi to streaming over data. That means when I start an episode as I’m walking out the door of my apartment, it will stop playing when my phone switches from WiFi to data. The only remedy I’ve found is to restart the app and reload the episode. 2) is that the seek bar scales with the amount the podcast has been downloaded, even when streaming. This means that when you start streaming an episode, the entire bar at the bottoms will start by being 1-second long and increase as the podcast buffers. This means that you can’t manually skip to the middle of the show until the entire podcast loads up to that point. Serious problem when you have to restart an episode and want to find where you left off because the app didn’t save your spot, which is another frequent occurrence. Other than these issues, Castro is great and well-designed. Until such issues are fixed, however, I can’t rely on it as my default podcast client.
  • Needs an iPad version

    3
    By quickhoof
    This appears to be the podcast player that I’ve been looking for. The ability to re-order my que is something I’ve looked for in vein on other Podcasts players. My only problem is that I prefer to keep all my audio files on my iPad. However, as I am an over the road truck driver and my iPad sits in a stand in landscape mode at all times in the truck this app is completely unusaqble on my iPad. I hope that the developers will release an iPad version or at least fix the iPhone version two work in landscape mode. For the time being I have downloaded the app on my phone and will try to use it that way.

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