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Podcasted is a stylish Windows 10 podcast app with real potential

Podcasted is an attractive app with a unique layout compared to other podcast apps. It has access to a wide library of podcasts that you can easily play on a variety of Windows 10 devices. It also has a share button so you can easily send podcasts to your friends.

The app is available for free on Windows 10, Windows 10 Mobile, and HoloLens, though to remove ads you'll have to pay $2.49.

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Standing out from the competition

It's difficult to make a podcast app that's truly different than all of the other ones. Most of them, including Podcasted, support importing OPML files, variable playback speeds, and have a vast library of podcasts available. But one way you can make an app stand out is to make it look different.

Podcasted strays away from the Groove Music-esque design and tries to look unique. For example, you won't see any hamburger buttons or menus that expand. Whether this is good or not is of course a matter of choice, but it is certainly different, and variety within the app store is never a bad thing.

At the top of the app you have your listen feed of any podcasts that you subscribe to. Below are categories such as comedy and video games with suggested podcasts to follow. When you click on any podcast you see a list of all available episodes on the right, and after clicking a specific episode you have play controls on the bottom. In addition to being different than the design of many podcast apps, Podcasted presents a lot of information on the screen at once without feeling crowded.

The design is fresh and effective at displaying information. It's clear why the developers highlight the look of the app in the Windows Store listing.

Room for improvement

Podcasted is a fine app for the basics of listening to podcasts but to come close to or pass the top tier podcast apps on the market there are some things it needs.

First off, it needs a version on for Xbox One. The app is already available on PC, phones, and HoloLens, so there's hope that Xbox One support could come in the future. Bringing the app to the Xbox One would let you listen to podcasts while you game and also play podcasts through a home media center that is likely connected to better speakers than a phone or PC.

Next, the app needs to iron out some kinks. The store listing advertises the ability to continue to play a podcast on another device but it doesn't seem to work within the app, or at least it doesn't work consistently enough for us to try it out in our tests.

Overall impressions of Podcasted for Windows

Podcasted has many of the features you'd want in a podcast app, wrapped in a unique design that looks nice and is functional. But to be able to replace the best podcast apps in the Windows Store it needs some fine tuning and feature additions.

The app is currently in v1.0 which makes it impressive that the app is already at the stage that it's at. Even if Podcasted doesn't convince you to replace your current podcast app, it's worth keeping an eye on in the future to see how it develops.

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Sean Endicott
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Sean Endicott brings nearly a decade of experience covering Microsoft and Windows news to Windows Central. He joined our team in 2017 as an app reviewer and now heads up our day-to-day news coverage. If you have a news tip or an app to review, hit him up at (opens in new tab).

  • Looking pretty slick for a v.1.0 release, downloading on PC and Phone as it's a UWA. Props to the dev!
  • Looks good, but my current one, Grover Podcast is also good. So, this, or Grover?
  • Nothing has beaten grover pro afaik. I wish they made this cross platform for android and ios now that Windows 10 mobile is defunct.
  • I am sticking with Grover Pro. It does everything I need it t ok do and it looks good.
  • Grover Pro needs an update to pull in some key missing features.  No ability to have a video playlist and separate audio playlist is disappointing.
  • grover pro does have the ability to play video or audio only and I think there's a way to create multple playlists.
  • I have asked the Dev this very question, and he stated it is being worked on, but not available yet.  Hopefully soon!
  • I use Podcasts (beta) and I'm happy with it. It would take an app that brings a lot of new functionality for me to change, and to be honest, there's not that much more to do with podcasts than what almost every app does.
  •  Does it let you change the playback speed? That's a must have feature for listening to podcasts.
  • I'm really disappointed with the syncing on Grover pro, especially since that's the whole reason  I bought it. Podcasts (beta) has performance issues and I don't like the look. Was really hoping for something with sync that just works when I opened this article. Oh well...
  • Syncing does need improving but my work around was to set one device as the master to update the sync every 15 minutes and the other devices every 12 hours. This way the other devices won't overwrite the master and only downloads the sync streams based on the master.
  • Has anyone tried Acast? I think it looks better then anything else out there.
  • I want a podcast player that looks and acts like the current version of Groove Music. Grover Pro is the closest app but doesn't get updates that often.