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Latest update is BAD
The latest update has significant shortcomings. There is no continues play for podcasts from the same publisher. Download has been made much more difficult. It is still a usable app, but I am looking for a better designed replacement. Maybe the "Podcasts" had a better migration to iOS7.
JC157 on Sep 25, 2013 for Instacast 5
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Looks great, works pretty great
So far I am pleased with the latest looks, and I'm getting used to the changes (most notably the "up next" feature. Sometimes I wish I could disable it). Syncs flawlessly with my Instacast on my other devices, which is extremely valuable.
tyler_zyco on Sep 25, 2013 for Instacast 5
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Really like how they designed this app for iOS 7. I tried Pocket Casts when it came out but it has some flaws. With Instacast you can play a podcast with just 1 tap, which is darn near impossible to do with pocket casts.
Knunez3 on Sep 24, 2013 for Instacast 5
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Still needs work
The more I use Instacast 4 Im tempted to move back to Instacast 3. While I like the controls better while playing a podcast I am in no way a fan of the "Up Next" "feature". Im not even sure how it figures out what is next, it doesn't seem to sync with the "Up Next" on the Mac version. There needs to be a way to just do continuous playback like previous versions. I would still love to see volume level per podcast settings since some of my podcasts are much louder than others. Otherwise this is a great app Im just looking forward to it being as easy and friendly to use as version 3.
Baskettcase on Sep 24, 2013 for Instacast 5
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Worth every penny.
Cryo84R on Sep 24, 2013 for Instacast 5
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Finally delivers
I have bought every version of instacast. I have no problem doing so. Version four delivers on all the promises of previous attempts. Sync is now much more reliable, I suspect due to the constant background updating. Previously in version two and in version three it just never worked. The interface matches iOS 7 well and expands on that concept without appearing too much like a stale copy of the stock apps. There are a few minor interface issues. Swiping to mark a podcast episode as read and swiping to go back to the previous screen are often gestures the app confuses. There are also far more taps and gestures to navigate the app then in previous versions. Importing subscriptions is still inconsistent and often will crash the application. Syncing with the Mac version is often problematic and I often run into syncing edge cases. I subscribe to about 40 podcasts. I suspect this is more than the syncing system was made to handle. That being said, syncing with the iPad is immediate in version four. Often my problems with sync are that overtime the app slowly gets out of sync with the other clients almost like a watch that slowly becomes off by a few minutes. Support is lacking as any email I have ever sent to the developer might as will have gone to a black hole. In comparison to recent versions of downcast or pocket casts it is a competent competitor. Unfortunately there is nothing here to really differentiate it from the other two apps. What you choose to install will still be based on personal preference. For me, there is still no perfect podcast application. The new pocket casts is good but doesn't allow batch editing. The new downcast is good but requires to much micromanaging of your podcasts. Instacast is just the lowest common denominator of the features I want in a podcast app.
Aaron D'Amico on Sep 24, 2013 for Instacast 5
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