Download and listen to your favorite podcasts directly from your iOS device without the need to sync with iTunes.

"Downcast Is the Best Podcast Downloader and Player for iPhone" - Lifehacker

"Downcast: Probably The Best Podcast Downloader for iPad and iPhone" - Wired Gadget Lab

Subscription Features
+ Search, subscribe to and download audio and video podcasts of any size
+ Manually subscribe to podcasts via URL
+ Download podcasts automatically (including resuming downloads)
+ Continue podcast downloads in background (per iOS restrictions)
+ Browse and download older podcast episodes
+ Auto-update podcast feeds based on schedule or location
+ Settings for auto-download and episode retention (globally and per-podcast)
+ Import and export podcast feeds via OMPL
+ Import supported audio/video media files
+ Support for password-protected feeds
+ Create and edit "smart" playlists
+ View podcast details and episode show notes
+ Rename podcasts with long or unwieldy names

iCloud Syncing
+ Sync podcast subscriptions, playlists, settings and episode information with other iOS devices via iCloud

Playback Features
+ Video and audio AirPlay support
+ Play audio in the background (for supported devices)
+ .5x, 1x, 1.25x, 1.5x, 2x and 3x speed playback*
+ Chapters support for enhanced podcasts
+ Stream episodes without downloading
+ Control audio with Bluetooth or other headphone remote controls
+ View embedded images in podcast episodes
+ Gesture support
+ Sleep timer
+ Google Cast™ Ready

If you encounter a bug or have a feature request please send an email to or contact us on Twitter @DowncastApp. Thanks!

* See the following Help article for an explanation of play speeds:

What's new in version 2.8.17

+ Bug fixes


Recommended by Adam Christianson

Version 2.7.2 – June 28 at 08:33 PM

You and Jeff need to have a talk with Michael about his review of Downcast. I find Instacast to be the wonky one. Sync issues, difficult to use playback controls etc.

Recommended by Jacob Rush

Version 2.7.8 – September 27 at 11:54 AM

I use this daily but I find its interface navigation to be unnecessarily complex.
But it works as advertised.
Have you checked out Instacast? The UI is much nicer.

Faved by R. Bruce Jones

Version 2.7.8 – September 28 at 10:35 AM

Gotta have this

Faved by Alirio Ferreira

Version 2.7.8 – September 28 at 06:41 PM

Faved by Rick Cartwright

Version 2.7.8 – September 28 at 06:49 PM

My preferred podcast app. It works so good. The sync seems to be a bit slow, but good otherwise.

Faved by Randy Humes

Version 2.7.8 – September 28 at 10:40 PM

anyone prefer instacast over downcast?

Faved by Christopher Morse

Version 2.7.8 – September 29 at 08:30 AM

Recommended by Tim

Version 2.7.8 – September 29 at 08:50 AM

Recommended by Geoff

Version 2.7.8 – September 29 at 09:06 AM

Recommended by John Beamer

Version 2.7.8 – September 30 at 10:00 AM

Overall the best way to consume podcasts. I like I can set smart playlist. The sync between iPad and iPhone needs.

Recommended by Ron Blandino

Version 2.7.8 – October 1 at 12:54 AM

Faved by Jared Apperson

Version 2.7.8 – October 1 at 11:41 AM

Faved by Roland Mancuso

Version 2.7.8 – October 1 at 05:04 PM

One thing really made this app stand out... the ability to change the "next track" and "previous track" buttons to function as "skip forward" and "skip back." Now if I'm not paying attention, I can skip back 30 seconds (or whatever) without taking my phone out of my pocket.

Recommended by Edwin Hendriks

Version 2.7.8 – October 2 at 02:12 AM

Way better than the Apple one.

Faved by Marie C

Version 2.7.8 – October 2 at 09:48 PM

Faved by Michael Vezie

Version 2.7.9 – October 3 at 05:01 AM

I forget -- does iTunes do podcasts anymore? Went with this and never looked back.

Faved by Barry Fulk

Version 2.7.9 – October 27 at 11:20 PM

Very pleased with this podcast app. I've used a few and so far this one seems the most polished. The location-based update feature is definitely a huge plus.

Faved by Brian Kim

Version 2.7.9 – October 3 at 12:17 PM

Faved by Philip Mehew

Version 2.7.9 – October 3 at 12:51 PM

I use this absolutely every single day. I can't recommend highly enough, and developer support is fantastic if you are having a problem.

Faved by John Tiftickjian

Version 2.7.9 – October 3 at 08:09 PM

Very good podcast catcher

Not Recommended by Jerry Goldbaum

Version 2.7.9 – October 5 at 12:05 PM

I know this is one of the more popular podcasting apps on iOS but I find it's performance downloading episodes and in app scrolling to be slow and laggy. Plus, the UI looks and feels circa 2007-2011 iOS design with the large menus at the bottom of the screen. The app is very configurable and offers some nice playback features but overall I prefer Instacast.

Faved by Tim Pentreath

Version 2.7.9 – October 8 at 03:15 AM

The only way to listen to podcasts!

Faved by Eoin O'Cleirigh

Version 2.7.9 – October 8 at 05:08 AM

My GoTo app for Podcast downloads and syncing - very customizable playlists and download preferences and best of all it Syncs between devices!

Faved by Makoto Miyamoto

Version 2.7.9 – October 10 at 12:58 PM

podcaster of choice. Worth every penny.

Recommended by Steve

Version 2.7.9 – October 10 at 01:12 PM

Recommended by Nathan Humble

Version 2.7.9 – October 10 at 03:06 PM

Faved by John Fuller

Version 2.7.9 – October 10 at 10:54 PM

By far the best app I have found for audio and video podcasts. I tried Apples Podcast app and there was no comparison. Don't waste your time on other apps. Best $1.99 I have spent on an app. Love the multiple speeds you can play audio and video back.

Faved by Steve

Version 2.7.9 – October 12 at 08:38 AM

Faved by David Wheeler

Version 2.7.9 – October 13 at 07:44 AM

Recommended by Carl Harrison

Version 2.7.9 – October 13 at 10:55 PM

Recommended by Kevin King

Version 2.7.10 – October 15 at 07:29 PM

Faved by Brian Giese

Version 2.7.10 – October 15 at 08:40 PM

Recommended by Juan Monroy

Version 2.7.10 – October 18 at 08:56 AM

Best podcast managing app ever!

Recommended by Mark Houx

Version 2.7.10 – October 22 at 11:27 AM

Faved by Leon Speegle

Version 2.7.10 – October 22 at 10:05 PM

Recommended by Andrew Chang

Version 2.7.10 – October 29 at 06:48 PM

Recommended by Brent Kecskemety

Version 2.7.10 – October 31 at 08:07 PM

I use this daily. I listen to an average of 2 hours of podcasts a day. It is nice to know I don't have to plug with iTunes as much as I used to.

Faved by Michael Overstreet

Version 2.7.10 – November 1 at 09:43 AM

Faved by Sandro Cuccia

Version 2.7.11 – November 4 at 08:23 PM

The only way to collect, organize and listen to podcasts.

Recommended by Darren Scorza

Version 2.7.11 – November 16 at 03:25 PM

So good because it just does what it's supposed to do... everything the Apple Podcast app doesn't:)

Recommended by Victor Alberts

Version v2.7.12 – November 17 at 06:46 AM

Faved by Gareth Ball

Version v2.7.12 – November 18 at 12:31 PM

Faved by John Cutler

Version v2.7.12 – November 19 at 07:56 AM

Recommended by Debbie Ripps

Version v2.7.12 – November 19 at 09:21 AM

My go-to podcast app. Perfect.

Faved by Kevin Geerhart

Version v2.7.12 – November 19 at 10:14 AM

Best app for podcasts

Faved by Aidan

Version v2.7.12 – November 19 at 04:12 PM

Brilliant app! Especially for listening to the maccast!

Faved by David Leggett

Version v2.7.12 – November 19 at 04:30 PM

Faved by Dale Riley

Version v2.7.12 – November 19 at 05:15 PM

Faved by Gino Santerre

Version v2.7.12 – November 19 at 05:09 PM

Faved by Mike McPeek

Version v2.7.12 – November 19 at 05:43 PM

Great app for downloading and listening to podcasts