App Review: Podcast Addict

I am a bit late to this party on this, but podcasts are great.

There is just something  about short form audio shows that is pretty great. I started with the incredible show Serial, and nothing has been the same since.

What became obvious once I started finding more shows to listen to is that I needed a way to manage them and keep track of new episodes without having to think about it.

podcast addictEnter Podcast Addict.

One of my wonderful co-workers suggested this app to me

Some of the features:

  • Keeps track of all of your podcasts
  • Get updates to easily download new episodes
  • Discover new podcasts by category or popularity
  • Have files automaticly delete themselves after you are finished listening
  • Back up your subscriptions

 

It is a bit difficult to figure out where all of the important settings, so here are some tips on getting it configured:

  • Settings > Update: includes the option to automatically refresh your list of podcasts.
  • Settings > Network: set to only download files via Wi-Fi
  • Settings > Playlist:
    • Automatic Playlist: adds newly downloaded episodes to your playlist
    • Add newer episodes first
  • Settings > Automatic Cleanup > Once listened to: deletes episodes once listened to
  • Menu > “+” lets you find new podcasts by “Search engine” or “Discover”

There are tons more settings, but those above are the ones that have helped me so far.

link to the play store

★★★★

Bonus: Sarah’s favourite podcasts:

  1. Invisibilia
  2. Stuff you missed in history class
  3. 99% Invisible
  4. Radiolab
  5. This American Life
  6. Serial

App Recommendation: Aviate

I love my Android phone. It is my second smartphone and I love the app selection, the add-ons, widgets, and having options to make it look the way I want it to.

A couple of days ago I started hearing about an android launcher by Yahoo!

Which, I hesitated over because, Yahoo!. But the temptation was strong and I installed it.

It was a good choice. The 3(.5) screens and the way that you interact with them is intuitive, interesting, and almost fun.It completely replaces your android home screen.

The centre “Home Screen” keeps you base screen, a(n unobscured) picture you choose, and if you swipe up you get to text or call your favourite contacts.

To the right you get to set-up app bundles (you can re-arrange the order, as well as adding and removing apps) for easy access. Topics include entertainment, productivity, social, news, games, sports…. While you can’t name the topic folders, they are flexible enough to show you all of the apps you want whenever you need them. To the right of that you get all of your apps in A-Z order (yay!).

To the left, is the learning screen you get your widgets here, news, weather, and “today” this uses technology magic to you when you are at home, at work, on the move, in an area with restaurants etc. and then serves you information and apps appropriate to your task and location. And to the left are settings and help.

It is a lot of fun, and a very useful way of organizing your phone.

★★★★★

(Try it!)