Instacast 5: Good, but flawed Review

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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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Best Podcast app out
If you like Downcast but hate the UI you'll love Instacast 3 as it does everything Downcast does all while looking good. I'll admit the UI is a bit complicated to figure out but that's just because its different. Once you realize the tabs change what options are available it makes sense. I love that: • It notifies you of new episodes • Is very quick to refresh your feeds (1 sec for 10 feeds, it's all server side so theoretically even if you add a ton it won't take longer) • It looks stock • Has ability to share shownotes/marked podcast position • You can swipe to read/star episodes ala Reeder • Can quickly access play next direction (forward/back), sleep timer, AirPlay, speed • Has individual and global feed settings I would like to see a view with larger cover art ala Pocket Casts or even the podcast app on the AppleTV as I tend to follow the same feeds for long periods and don't add many new ones. Overall I feel this is the best podcast app out right now.
QuarterSwede on Apr 13, 2013 for Instacast 5
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My long time favorite IOS podcaster
I've been a Instacast user for over a year now. I it daily, heavily, and have always been very satisfied. Reliable, usable, and beautiful.
Bradhav25 on Apr 13, 2013 for Instacast 5
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Really good
Thanks for fixing those bugs
DeepCover on Apr 12, 2013 for Instacast 5
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Still the best.
Hands down better than any other podcatcher apps on the market. I've been using Instacast in its various incarnations for awhile now and it just keeps getting better and better. The only real complaint I have about this version is that the "sort order" setting option does nothing. Regardless of whether you set it to display newer episodes first or older episodes first, it always only orders the feeds from new to old. As someone who likes to download whole seasons of podcasts and let them play sequentially, you can't really do that anymore without having to listen to them in reverse order. A minor issue with an otherwise fine app, though, and not a dealbreaker.
ruhk on Apr 14, 2013 for Instacast 5
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going back to apple
the launch of this app was weak and error prone. the "improvements" i felt were a slight step backwards. just tried out the newer apple podcasts app. wow, it is much improved. so much so, i will say goodbye to instacast. it was nice while it lasted, but it's just not working out.
jingai on Apr 13, 2013 for Instacast 5
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