So I’m in the process of switching from Spotify to Tidal for my music streaming (since Tidal pays artists like three times more than Spotify does). The only problem is, Tidal doesn’t support podcasts, which is another big thing I used Spotify for.

So what are some good apps for podcasts? I listen both on my PC and my Android phone, and I’m not really thrilled about the idea of paying for another subscription (so now I’m making two payments to cover the functionality I got with a single, cheaper payment). I’m cool with paying a one-time up-front fee, though.

Any suggestions?

katy ✨
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Still love Pocketcasts and would use nothing less (though I have a lifetime membership since I beta’d the web player when it first launched, so YMMV)

I love pocket casts, but their recent price hikes are wild. AntennaPod is a nice open source alternative that I’ve been enjoying the last few weeks.

If you like taking notes, I and found Snipd recently. To take a note you hit back twice on your headphones and it uses AI to create a transcript and summary of what they just said. So far seems pretty good but I’ve only tried it on thr Huberman podcast. It’s free right now but they will try to monetize in future.

Snipd is surprisingly solid, but I wound up going back to Pocketcasts because I missed trim silence, web player, and the UI.

plonk
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I’ve been using Pocketcasts for years, and I’ve been very happy with it. Works on Android, PC, and through web browsers. I’ve never had to pay for it.

I’ve also been using the app for user and got grandfathered into a lifetime membership, although I think it’s been inserting ads in my podcasts. I only say that because I have a VPN on my phone and suddenly my phone will play a Swedish ad I can’t understand.

Fwiw I don’t think pocket casts is doing that, but rather your podcasts themselves. A lot of podcasts use dynamic ad insertion that allow them to inject ads into the podcast at download time as opposed to them being baked into the episode. It lets the hosts have relevant ads in their entire backlog of episodes rather than just ones released during the campaign window.

Fell
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@VoxAdActa AntennaPod. I’ve been using it for years now. Instantly works and has exactly the features you need. No ads, no bullshit.

And it’s Free and Open Source!

(Meaning their primary motivation is making a good app, not monetising through enshitification)

And you can sync with nextcloud. Thats great.

I’m using PocketCasts and I paid a one-time fee before it became subscription based (but there’s still a free tier), in order to be able to listen to podcast using the web app on PC. Thus I now have lifetime premium access.

I’m very satisfied with their service, I did not find any problems with both the Android app and the web app, moreover it has almost every feature I need, except voice to text conversion in order to be able to share slices of audio in text format (but there are dedicated apps for that).

Lockely
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💯 this. Pocketcasts is and has been outstanding for the years I’ve had it. Great UI, and will remember your position on a specific episode cross-platform.

mayooooo
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I paid too and I don’t get to use the web app. That’s the main reason I stopped using Casts

@dcormier@beehaw.org
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Paid for the mobile app (back before it was free)? Or paid for Pocket Casts Plus, which inclued access to the desktop/webapp?

mayooooo
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I paid before it was free for sure, I know there wasn’t a subscription model back then. I know I tried using the webapp later and it asked for more money. It’s ok, lots of decent free options for all of that, just felt like they were touching my butt feeling for the wallet

I moved from Google Podcasts (which is pretty good) to AntennaPod, which is FOSS and honestly, pretty damn solid

UnHooked
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@Nyanix @VoxAdActa I’m only on this because FOSS. If your cast isn’t there I’m not likely to hear you, sorry 😐

@Nyanix love me some AntennaPod!
@VoxAdActa

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@Nyanix @VoxAdActa Looks good! Is there anything like this for internet radio?

I haven’t had a whole lot of luck on internet radio, but I also haven’t dug too deep. I hope someone here has a good answer for that, I’d love to know too

Aaron
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I support Pocket Casts because it’s made by Automattic, the makers of WordPress, Tumblr, and WooCommerce. Their CEO, Matt Mullenweg, is someone who seems to really care about the freedom and diversity of the internet. As far as players go, it’s got all the features you’d want for an Android app.

I seldom listen on my PC, but if I want to I can usually find the stream on whatever service the podcast has chosen (their own site, or whichever embedded player they elect to use).

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I too love PocketCasts and love what Mullenweg has done, but want to point out that Automattic bought PocketCasts from NPR - https://www.theverge.com/2021/7/16/22580023/automattic-pocket-casts-podcast-app-tumble-wordpress

Automattic themselves didn’t/don’t make PocketCasts.

Edit: Fixed type (lost > love)

katy ✨
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Who got it from Shifty Jelly :)

Xerø
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I stand behind AntennaPod, it does what I need.

Personally, I’m using Pocket Casts, but you can’t use it on desktop without their premium subscription, which I don’t need. Antennapod is a good Android App and supports sync through gpodder.net, but there are no good iOS apps supporting gpodder, so I stopped using it. But I thought you don’t need Spotify Premium to listen to podcasts on there. It might be easiest for you to just keep using it for that.

I use AntennaPod, Mainly because it’s open-source and supports RSS podcasts.

They are also on fediverse! https://fosstodon.org/@AntennaPod

Welcome to Tidal! I came from Spotify myself and the improvement in audio quality alone means I haven’t looked back!

I use Google Podcasts to fill the gap

clb92
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I use Google Podcasts and it works great for me. I’m not looking for audiophile-level uncompressed audio with podcasts, the way I normally would be for music.

I would also recommend Google Podcasts. Pretty basic, but does it all very well. Queue continuity across the app and web is great. However, Google being google, they are likely to be sunsetting it soon in favour of rolling podcasts into YouTube Music (which I would also suggest in place of Spotify).

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I’ve seen both AntennaPod and PocketCasts mentioned; I’ve used both over the years. I liked AntennaPod; the only reason that I stopped using it was because I switched to Spotify since that let me pick up listening from where I left off on my desktop. I moved to PocketCasts afterwards because I’ve been slowly trying to get off of Spotify (and because they open-sourced their mobile apps). I don’t like that they require premium to have it sync with the webplayer, but it works.

tanker405th
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I’m throwing in another vote for Pocket Casts. Bought it back in 2015 and the web player as a separate purchase. It’s had ups and downs over the years, but I’ve always returned on the rare occasions I tried something different in hopes of finding something better–granted I’m grandfathered into premium at this point. It ticks all the boxes for me and I’d probably buy it again if I didn’t already have it.

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I switched to Podcast Republic awhile ago because I like the playlist feature and being able to have different “channels” for similar types of podcasts. Very customizable too! They have the android app and a website, though I’ve never used the website

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