Castro Podcasts

Castro Podcasts

By Supertop Software

  • Category: News
  • Release Date: 2016-08-15
  • Current Version: 3.1.1
  • Adult Rating: 17+
  • File Size: 52.95 MB
  • Developer: Supertop Software
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 10.3 or later.
Score: 4.5
4.5
From 3,226 Ratings

Description

Castro lets you track lots of podcasts at once without getting overwhelmed. Here’s how it works: 1) New episodes land in the INBOX. Read the descriptions, queue the good ones and archive the rest. 2) The QUEUE is a central playlist for organizing your next few hours of listening. Queued episodes are downloaded automatically. 3) Press Play. Castro plays your queue in order from top to bottom. Reorder or archive queued episodes anytime. 4) In the ARCHIVE you can find the back catalogue of all shows you subscribe to, browse your listening history, and easily access your starred episodes. This flow lets you expand your listening habits without getting overwhelmed. With Castro, subscribing to a podcast doesn’t mean making a commitment to listen to every episode. You don’t have to choose a few shows and miss the rest. OTHER FEATURES * Drag and drop support helps you triage and reorder your queue. * Castro sports an elegant dark mode (requires Castro Plus) and well-thought out sleep timer, offering the best in night time podcast listening. * Our servers constantly scan for new episodes across every podcast, so your phone doesn’t have to, saving battery life and data usage. * Queued episodes are automatically downloaded, so you can focus on deciding what you want to hear and let Castro manage the details. * Beautifully rendered full screen show notes. * Episode notifications include a short summary of the episode to help you decide if it interests you. You can play, queue or archive the episode directly from the notification without opening the app. * CarPlay support. * Watch app to control playback and select another episode from your queue. * Full play history. * Star episodes to easily find your favorite episodes later. CASTRO PLUS Castro Plus is an optional subscription to unlock a range of advanced features. There are quarterly and yearly payment options, and both include a one week trial. + 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. * Sideloading allows import of audio files directly, just by dropping them in iCloud Drive. + 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. + Episode Limit lets users specify what number of episodes of each podcast to keep. + Set a start position for episodes of each podcast. + Customize settings per-podcast: Episode Limit, Trim Silence, Enhance Voices, Mono Mix, Skip Intros, Playback Speed. 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

  • Best Podcast Organization I’ve Found So Far

    5
    By chucknelson
    After using Downcast and then Overcast for years, I tried Castro when Overcast was acting a bit weird (bugs? No idea). Turns out the Inbox + Queue organization scheme works much better for me since I have only a few podcasts where I listen to every episode, but subscribe to many I may want to listen to every now and then.
  • Ability to search for episodes within a podcast?

    3
    By Shiffkirdgbxxsfgvxl
    This app would be PERFECT if there was a way to search for episodes within a certain podcast. Like I could open SYSK and then search for an episode within their library. Maybe there is, am I missing it? If not I really think it would be useful to add this feature.
  • The queue system is perfect for me

    5
    By Lucas Burke
    Excellent for having podcasts already downloaded and not fill up with podcasts I’m not going to listen to.
  • Beautiful but maybe not suited for fiction

    4
    By blueXenologer
    Just a phenomenal app, y'all, well done. First off, thank you for the import function that let me even give Castro a proper try. The ability to have more than one list might make it better suited for people who listen to fiction, but for users who are listening to non-fiction (which benefits less from the binge approach) I imagine this is just an absolute revelation. It's not a fit for my needs but I'm not every listener.
  • Nice control of podcasts

    4
    By shhQuiet
    I am often out of cell service so I needed a podcast player that would download episodes. The interface is not totally intuitive but once you learn it, not bad. You can still see episodes in your inbox but not downloaded. Then you can set on a per podcast level, how to add it to the play queue, which will download the episode.
  • Works great

    5
    By El Pollo Sonso
    I have purchased a new car recently that has Apple CarPlay, and have started listening to podcasts on my morning and evening commutes. I wasn’t feeling it with the standard Apple podcast app, so I did my research and tried out Castro due to its CarPlay compatibility and other features. Love the “inbox” and queue features as I am trying out many new podcasts from different genres. Also like that I can put individual podcasts in the queue and not have to subscribe if I end up not liking it. I’m sure other features such as play speed will come in handy as more podcasts get added and listened to.
  • Dark wonder

    5
    By Reg reader
    I listen to podcasts in the middle of the night when I can't sleep. The fabulous dark interface is perfect. Easy to use sleep timer and speed buttons and it resets timer if timer ends and you hit play to continue listening. I am so happy with this app and so glad to be away from the horrible Apple podcast app.
  • Very solid podcast player

    4
    By Senbluto
    Castro provides a very nice listening experience for my podcasts. I will occasionally have a problem pop up where two podcasts somehow play simultaneously, but it is a minor nuisance. I shut down and restart the app and ‘Voila!’, I’m back in business. Castro sure makes my daily commute go a lot faster!
  • Great but feature creep

    5
    By Paul1662829285
    I liked Castro because it was the app for people who just want to enjoy podcasts, not power users who want to trim out every bit of silence. Castro 2 was so well designed and every aspect of the inferace felt meaningful. But now if I'm not a Castro Plus subscriber, I have to look at a locked Trim Silence button in the dead center of my screen every time I play a podcast. I explicitly don't want this or any other Plus feature but it's now cluttering my interface. I liked Castro for its simplicity. That's what made it different. This update feels more focused on catching up to other players though. The devs did a great job of that, but I'm afraid it comes at the cost of losing what made me love Castro in the first place.
  • Unfair

    2
    By IamZakariae
    We as old users paid for the full app. So you as a developer should know that we have the privilege to have the full access. At first i was okey with it giving that we had what the old version offered. But not anymore! you developers should appreciate old costumes. We bought the app because we loved your product, but cutting us off by every change you guys make in every update is unacceptable. Please reconsider the decision you guys made😊

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