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    Hey guys, so I've been searching for a while to find a good podcast app for my Windows Phone and I just wanted to put the question out there to you guys to see what everyone else is using. My main reason for wanting to replace the built in podcast catcher through the store is the delay in having them posted as well as the download limit through the store capping at 20MB via mobile data.

    Since I have unlimited data, and I'm not always around wifi and even when I am my LTE is still faster, I'm looking for an app that raises that limit since most podcasts I listen to are larger than 20MB. I'm also would like the app to have some sort sync system, where it will list the new podcasts that I haven't listened to yet. Also other built in features such as a scrubber for seeking as well as being able to keep my place in the podcast when the app is closed would be nice.

    I've tried out a few apps already, the Podcasts! app seemed to be what I wanted but it doesn't have a good way for me to know which podcasts are new. I've also tried out Podcast lounge and it seems to have the same issue, also these apps require multiple swipes and taps to get the podcast to play. The last app I've looked at is WPodder which sounds like it should be able to list new podcasts and download everything in the background for me, the only complaint here is that the app doesn't seem to be updated for WP8 and therefore the UI is really scrunched down.

    If anyone has any other suggestions of apps or other comments about the apps I've already tried, I'd love to hear about them
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    Podcatcher works pretty good for me.
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    Wpodder is a decent alternative, although the search is poor you can just plug in RSS feeds for the podcasts and it seems fairly good at remembering your position in a podcast.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChazTyldsley View Post
    Wpodder is a decent alternative, although the search is poor you can just plug in RSS feeds for the podcasts and it seems fairly good at remembering your position in a podcast.
    I think that Wpodder is what I'm looking for, however the download limit is 20MB over cellular which is terrible since even the shortest podcast I listen to is over 30MB. It seems that even though the built in podcast handling through the store is terrible, there aren't many good alternatives in the store.
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    Podcatcher for me too.
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    I use podcast lounge and carbon cast. Podcast lounge is ok. Seems to have a nice catalogue and the layout is fine. Podcasts have to be manually downloaded though. I also notice that the app lags a bit

    Carboncast downloads your app and has playback. Doesn't have a large catalogue though. I also don't believe the automatic podcast download works properly. The app also seems to crash sometimes

    I've tried wpodder but didn't like it. The interface is not very attractive and it doesn't have a catalogue to browse when last I checked it

    I'll have to try podcatcher and see how it goes
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    Bringcast is my personal favourite.

    It does pretty much everything you want except for automatically downloading podcasts (although it does still have the 20mb download limit).

    To carry on where you left off in your playlist, it's one tap from opening the app.

    When looking at the podcast feed, a blue dot is placed against podcasts you've already downloaded, so you can see what's new. The playlist screen (again, one tap after opening the app) shows you what's in the queue and gives a % of how far through the current podcast you are.

    Position is saved whether you pause outside the app or just start playing music in a different app.

    The free trial is good enough for me, full featured but you're only allowed 3 podcasts (unlimited episodes from each)
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    Quote Originally Posted by andrewkeith5 View Post
    Bringcast is my personal favourite.

    It does pretty much everything you want except for automatically downloading podcasts (although it does still have the 20mb download limit).

    To carry on where you left off in your playlist, it's one tap from opening the app.

    When looking at the podcast feed, a blue dot is placed against podcasts you've already downloaded, so you can see what's new. The playlist screen (again, one tap after opening the app) shows you what's in the queue and gives a % of how far through the current podcast you are.

    Position is saved whether you pause outside the app or just start playing music in a different app.

    The free trial is good enough for me, full featured but you're only allowed 3 podcasts (unlimited episodes from each)

    So far this is the only app that I've actually been able to override the 20MB download limit on. When I hit the download button, it'll tell me i need to be on wifi, then I can hit cancel and it'll warn me I'm going to use cellular data and I hit ok and it goes ahead and downloads the podcast. The layout seems good and it does keep track of new episodes for me so I think I'm going to use this for a while and see how it goes.
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    I use Podcast picker to download podcasts and also talk radio shows that I've set up to be recorded via drivecast.eu and it has been working very good.Not perfect but good. The only problem is the limited storage on my L820 since a 3rd party app can't save to my SD card where I really want the stuff to go. I was used to downloading all these shows to my PC on a schedule with a podcatcher and then transferring via wi-fi to my BB 9800. So far the drivecast/podcast picker solution is the only way I've found to achieve that since Zune won't work with WP8.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sportrckr View Post
    So far this is the only app that I've actually been able to override the 20MB download limit on. When I hit the download button, it'll tell me i need to be on wifi, then I can hit cancel and it'll warn me I'm going to use cellular data and I hit ok and it goes ahead and downloads the podcast. The layout seems good and it does keep track of new episodes for me so I think I'm going to use this for a while and see how it goes.
    Oh well, there ya go! Just the one minor niggle with it not auto downloading then, which I don't think any of the apps do :p Thanks for the tip :)
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    Podcatcher. I have tried WPodder, Podcast Lounge, and one more, can't remember the name, but none of their catalogues had all my podcasts in them. I was surprised to know that Podcatcher had all of them, and some of the stuff I listen to is pretty rare.
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    Would certainly like to see the podcasting area of WP8 get some love. All of the apps seem lacking with many not being updated for months. Although podcatcher and wpodder seem like the best (in my opinion) there's still a lot of room for improvement there. We need something like 'Downcast' on iOS
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    Feed Reader For me is the best for RSS and Podcast ,lot of high quality Podcast preloader.
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    Quote Originally Posted by haydt1 View Post
    I use Podcast picker to download podcasts and also talk radio shows that I've set up to be recorded via drivecast.eu and it has been working very good.Not perfect but good. The only problem is the limited storage on my L820 since a 3rd party app can't save to my SD card where I really want the stuff to go. I was used to downloading all these shows to my PC on a schedule with a podcatcher and then transferring via wi-fi to my BB 9800. So far the drivecast/podcast picker solution is the only way I've found to achieve that since Zune won't work with WP8.
    I've been very frustrated by Podcast Picker because it won't start podcasts where I left them off. Sometimes it just starts up again, as well. Very annoying.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dainla View Post
    I've been very frustrated by Podcast Picker because it won't start podcasts where I left them off. Sometimes it just starts up again, as well. Very annoying.
    I've been using it for a little more than a month and so far I haven't had that problem. It picks up right where I left off. I also like that I can skip ahead 30sec at a time.
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    I just discovered Podcast Lounge and it's pretty nice. Search is great and you can add your own feeds if you want.
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    Found this thread as well as this article when searching for the best podcast app
    Podcatcher roundup: Podcatcher, Podcast Lounge, Podcast Bandit, and more...

    The biggest complaints I have about built in support, lag time for updates, no way to force an update, no way to force downloads over mobile data, and no way to add podcasts from RSS url.
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    Hey everyone,

    We're the developers of Podcast Lounge on Windows Phone, so great to see it getting a mention in the discussion. We're hard at work building new capability into the app following its recent success and we're keen to ensure that Windows Phone finally has a Podcast app with parity to iOS and Android. We've largely addressed the lag issues which were due to some of the podcasts offering insanely high resolution images which were killing the performance and we're hard at work to bring the first part of our playlist functionality.

    Let us know where you'd most like to see the app develop and we might be able to re-jig the development schedule if the demand is there ;o)
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    I like the look and presentation of Podcast Lounge, just needs performance tune up (never had enough ...)
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    I haven't seen this addressed anywhere yet, so I thought I'd ask:
    Do any of these use the SD card as storage? I don't have enough spare space on my 810 to have podcasts in main storage.
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    I was using Podcast Lounge but it is buggy and video playback is poor. It also doesn't tell you when new podcasts are available.

    I am now using the new kid on the block. Podcaster.

    Podcaster | Windows Phone Apps+Games Store (United States)

    It is amazing. It has the best native experience and is great for my video podcasts. It has scrubbing and you can set video to audio only if you want to lock your screen and just listen. Which I need on occasion.

    I recommend Podcaster. Best pocast app for windows phone.
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    Podcaster.

    /thread. (but in all seriousness, check it out)
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    Quote Originally Posted by WreckITRalph View Post
    I am now using the new kid on the block. Podcaster.
    It's not bad, I like the simplicity. My 810 is suffering over its inability to use the SD storage instead of the main storage (which I'm out of).
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    I'm using Podcast Picker. Been very happy with it.
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    Podcast Picker works well for me.
    Download in the background
    Live Tile shows count of unplayed
    Skip 30 sec forward or back
    Create playlists
    Plays audio in background or under lockscreen
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