Downcast - iOS and Mac OS
Downcast will set you back £1.99 from the iPhone App Store, and is really rather fully featured. You can search, subscribe and download podcasts - with it even supporting background downloads, smart playlists, and you can even tweak settings on individual podcast subscriptions to make sure things are exactly how you want them. Like the official iOS podcast app it can also sync data over iCloud for if you have Downcast on multiple devices (say, your iPad and Mac OS too), and playback not only supports bluetooth and headphone remote controls, but you can also play back at double speed if you like. Great if the person you’re listening to is speaking too slowly.
They may not be as flashy and colourful as apps, but podcasts are still an incredibly popular way of getting the latest news and entertainment – with millions still downloaded every day. For many years now iTunes has been the only game in podcast town – controlling something like 90% of the podcast market, but there are other options if you look further afield – here’s our pick of five of the best non-iTunes podcast clients.