Overcast: Podcast Player


A powerful yet simple audio podcast player, with features such as Smart Speed, Voice Boost, and Smarter Playlists to help you listen to more podcasts in more places, try new shows, and completely control your experience.

Overcast is a modern, fully featured audio podcast player with many useful features in a simple, intuitive interface:

- Download podcasts for playing anytime, even when offline.
- Search and browse for new podcasts, plus get recommendations from Twitter.
- Create custom Playlists with smart filters and per-podcast priorities, and rearrange the list whenever you want.
- Receive optional push notifications when new episodes arrive.
- Subscribe to a podcast, or just add an episode: try new shows without committing.
- Download podcasts over cellular, set a sleep timer, or use Voice Boost to enhance and normalize speech volume.
- Adjust playback speed, and use Smart Speed to pick up extra speed without distorting the conversation.
- Navigate with CarPlay. (On supported car radios.)
- Apple Watch app, Glance, and notifications

What's new in version 2.0

- Streaming
- Chapters
- Storage management
- Icon badge option
- Play-by-priority option
- Smart Speed now dynamically adjusts to quiet voices
- Lots of bugs fixed, including playlist reordering and storage growth
- Tons of little improvements and optimizations

All features are now free! A new optional monthly patronage is available if you'd like. Thank you.


Recommended by Michael

Version 1.0 – July 17, 2014 at 5:56 AM

Greg said:
Hey Michael. Can I set it so this app will open location services? I know I can use Siri but it would be nice to do some things without asking my personal assistant ;)
Greg said:
I just bought it 40 percent off Black Friday sale. Looking forward to trying it out. What's your favorite things to do with the app?

Faved by Evan Willnow

Version 1.0 – July 18, 2014 at 10:40 AM

Instantly my goto podcast app.

Rated so-so by Ray Newbery

Version 1.0 – July 25, 2014 at 8:09 AM

Good first release. A couple nice features like smart speed and voice boost. Missing some features of other apps, biggest is no video. Recommended if you don't need those features. You may finding it lacking if moving from Instacast or Downcast.

Recommended by Chris C

Version 1.0.1 – July 30, 2014 at 5:32 PM

Recommended by Skip Owens

Version 1.0.1 – August 1, 2014 at 6:30 PM

Not Recommended by JT Ray

Version 1.0.1 – August 2, 2014 at 6:52 AM

The app fails to address enhanced podcasts. Also the developer is one the most arrogant in the iOS app development arena.

Recommended by Fred Zelders

Version 1.0.1 – August 4, 2014 at 6:51 AM

Unfortunately no support for enhanced podcasts.

Rated so-so by Michael Johnston

Version 1.0.1 – August 8, 2014 at 6:36 PM

Not Recommended by Joel Massey

Version 1.0.2 – August 17, 2014 at 9:23 AM

Needs more work. A good first release. Smart Speed and Voice Boost are good features. Unfortunately, it's iPhone and audio only. I need a universal app that handles both audio & video and which syncs across iCloud.

Faved by Terry Austin

Version 1.0.2 – August 17, 2014 at 9:30 AM

SmartSpeed & VoiceBoost ROCK

Rated so-so by Greg

Version 1.0.2 – August 19, 2014 at 8:26 PM

I think the app is off to a good start and think the developer did a good job, but I am not the target audience for this app.
I think the smart speed is for those people that drive really fast to get to a red light. It's not for me. As far as the speed control is concerned (slider to control the speed manually) If you have a podcast where they talk too fast, you can slow the speed down and I found that to work really nicely. You can also speed it up if you like too.

Regarding Smart Speed
Things now of days are so sped up and it's nice to have a pause in the podcast every now and then. If the podcast is worth your time then leave the pauses. You would save more time just skipping the parts you don't wanna listen to.

The voice boost I have tried in my car with the iphone connected to a lightning cable to USB. If I play the podcast with the iCatcher podcast app the podcast sounds rich and when I play the same podcast in overcast with voice boost enabled the same podcast sounds flat. I think they need to work on that feature.

I use the app iCatcher for listening to my podcasts on my iPhone and iPad, and find I am missing features in overcast that I am used to having. It's Missing enhanced podcasts which a few of my podcasts have (like the iOS Show, MacCast, MacGeekGab), horizontal mode, gestures, a lot of settings so I can tweek it just the way I like,
Bookmarks, missing video and more. Personally I think the in-app purchases are gimmicky.

Recommended by Matthew Orris

Version 1.0.2 – September 3, 2014 at 10:09 PM

Recommended by Dan Gerken

Version 1.0.2 – September 6, 2014 at 11:59 AM

Faved by Latenightlizzie

Version 1.0.1 – November 25, 2014 at 11:33 PM

Smart speed and voice boost are great features well worth the in app purchase.

Faved by Hajas Marcell

Version 1.1 – November 28, 2014 at 12:32 PM

Recommended by Renaud Parize

Version 1.1.1 – December 9, 2014 at 12:29 AM

Faved by Panos Matiakis

Version 1.1.1 – December 20, 2014 at 2:53 PM

Recommended by Mark Johnson

Version 1.1.1 – January 6, 2015 at 5:13 PM

Faved by Steve Derry

Version 1.0.4 – January 10, 2015 at 8:40 AM

Best Audio Podcast App!

Recommended by Johnfmorton

Version 1.1.4 – March 10, 2015 at 2:24 AM

Faved by Scott

Version 1.0.4 – March 20, 2015 at 7:26 PM

This app has the best features for listening to podcasts the way I do. It might not be the best for everyone, but it is the best for my use.

I only listen to audio podcasts; video podcasts hold no interest for me. I like the choices Marco made, I like the way playlists work, I like Smart Speed (I always listen at 1x, it's just a thing with me, and no, I'm not changing). I like the UI.

For me, at this point in time, this app has made the best choices and has the nicest UI around those choices. Love it.

Faved by Brian

Version 1.1.4 – March 20, 2015 at 8:20 PM

Faved by Matt

Version 1.1.4 – April 1, 2015 at 11:07 AM

Faved by Rob D

Version 1.1.4 – April 2, 2015 at 12:12 PM

My primary podcast app. It has replaced the built in app for me.

Recommended by Clark

Version 1.1.4 – April 3, 2015 at 11:23 AM

Recommended by Andy Fraizer

Version 1.1.4 – April 5, 2015 at 7:58 AM

Recommended by Paul White

Version 1.2.1 – April 30, 2015 at 5:18 PM

Faved by Cody Chandler

Version 1.2.2 – June 23, 2015 at 3:15 PM

Faved by Randall

Version 1.2.3 – July 2, 2015 at 11:12 AM

Recommended by Don Matteson

Version 1.2.3 – October 3, 2015 at 5:52 PM

Faved by Michael C

Version 1.2.3 – October 5, 2015 at 12:22 AM

best podcast app

Recommended by Michael Overstreet

Version 2.0 – November 12, 2015 at 10:33 AM

Recommended by Jari

Version 2.0 – November 17, 2015 at 12:54 AM

SmartSpeed & VoiceBoost - I couldn't live without them!

Recommended by Andrew Moore

Version 2.0 – November 17, 2015 at 11:35 AM

Recommended by Douglas

Version 2.0 – December 7, 2015 at 10:59 AM

Recommended by Raymond Phillips

Version 2.0 – January 20, 2016 at 6:27 AM

Recommended by Tiffany White

Version 2.0 – March 9, 2016 at 11:58 AM

Recommended by Steve

Version 2.0 – March 14, 2016 at 9:01 PM

Recommended by Ricardo Ceballos

Version 2.0 – March 17, 2016 at 9:41 AM

Faved by Isaiah

Version 2.0 – April 10, 2016 at 4:26 PM

Faved by Marci

Version 2.0 – June 26, 2016 at 10:04 AM

Rated so-so by Oleg Neyolov

Version 2.0 – July 2, 2017 at 2:01 AM