Apple has just released a dedicated iOS app for podcasts, simply called Podcasts. It’s a universal app, so it works on iPhones, iPads, and iPod Touches, and it’s free to download. Click here to view it on the App Store.
The app is divided into two sections: Library and Catalog. The Library stores all of the podcasts you have downloaded, while the Catalog is more like the podcast section in iTunes. It lets you view a “featured” list, a “top charts” list, or scan individual podcasts by category. You can also stream podcasts here, or choose to download them to your device. There’s also a “Top Stations” section that acts as an easy way to discover and stream popular podcasts, divided by category and subcategory.
When listening to a podcast, you can press buttons to rewind 10 seconds or skip ahead 30 seconds. If you tap on the podcast image, it lifts to reveal more buttons that let you adjust playback speed, set a sleep timer, or link to the podcast over email, Twitter, text message. According to the app description you can also sync episode playback over devices, but for now that only seems to happen when you connect your device to a computer, rather than over-the-air.
So far we’re finding it to be a pretty useful app for anyone who wasn’t satisfied with using the Music app to listen to podcasts on their iOS devices. It’s free, so it’s probably worth checking out if you’re interested.
If the official Podcasts app doesn’t have the features you’re looking for, however, MacWorld has a pretty good rundown of third-party podcast apps here.