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Downcast is better
Anyone who loves this app should try downcast. I have spent significant time with both of them and downcast is without a doubt better. Smart playlists with Instacast are a joke. Useless. Why can't I make a tech playlist that automatically includes all of my tech podcasts? The only reason why I gave Instacast a try is because I wanted to sync with the new desktop app (syncing to desktop app is spotty at best). Also, I like to listen to back episodes of many podcasts. The problem with Instacast is that when you are viewing one particular podcast it shows every single available episode. There is not of you to show only the episodes you have downloaded unless you go to the "unplayed" smart playlist. I want a view where I can see all of my downloaded and unplayed episodes of one particular podcast at a time. There is no way to do this that I can figure out.
wigwam_66 on May 4, 2013 for Instacast 5
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Downcast much better
I'm all for competition, but I really feel like I wasted 5 dollars. Do not buy this. Instead, use Downcast because the cross platform syncing works much better and it has more features, like gestures to skip ahead while listening to a podcast.
stevendavidd on May 3, 2013 for Instacast 5
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The best
It's just quite simply the cross-device podcatcher a podcast listener must have.
JonMwords on May 1, 2013 for Instacast 5
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The best podcast player, hands down
Tried others like downcast, apple's, etc. Instacast just works.
stechert on May 1, 2013 for Instacast 5
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Amazing But
The sync between iPad and iPhone is not well enough. Where, some particular podcasts do not appear on my iPhone when I subscribe to it on my iPad. Please fix this ASAP.
Midnight14osx on Apr 28, 2013 for Instacast 5
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Good, but flawed
I've used Instacast in its different iterations for a while now. It looks great, though I question some of its user interface choices. It's great when you have a long commute or when you're getting on a train/plane with with Internet connection because you can download podcasts locally to listen to. The big problem I have with it lately is that i need to babysit this thing too much. I think I am subscribed to too many podcasts and it is extremely bloated on startup. It takes forever to check for new episodes when all i want to do is go out the door. The smart playlists aren't very smart at all...rather, it's not intuitive how they work and there is no documentation. Honestly, I haven't opened it in a while. I used to use it to listen to daily news podcasts and the startup just really was the big issue. I've been using Stitcher for this, while I use Instacast for longform podcasts(for now).
raystation on Apr 25, 2013 for Instacast 5
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