I've been using Overcast as my full time podcasting app for the last week. So far I really like it. Like Marco, I really love podcasts, and I have a hard time keeping up with the good ones. This app helps you discover and organize good episodes.
The gorilla occupying 33% of the room over there is Apple's Podcasts app, which syncs with iTunes. And it's not a bad app. So, in order to make this a regularly used app in place of Apple's app, it has to be pretty good. It is. Of course, it's not perfect.
This app does a nice job utilizing Twitter. If you have an episode you'd like to comment on, you can post to Twitter within the app, and it provides a link to a nice looking Overcast shell displaying the episode.
Also, within the "Add Podcast" portion of the app, there's a "Recommendations From Twitter" that looks at your Twitter stream to find podcast you might like. That's cool.
I didn't really care about playlists before I used this app. Now I feel like I need them. When I take a walk, I like to start listening to an episode at the point I left off the last time I listened. In past, if I had 10 or 15 minutes left of "The Incomparable", I wouldn't even bother trying to finish up the rest on a walk. So I would end up with 4 unfinished episodes sitting there.
With playlists, I can finish up an episode, and it will continue to the next show. I love it.
Marco Arment shows good taste in the design of this app. While adhering to the typical iOS design standards, there are some delightful touches he provides in the product. For example, to give a tell of which show is currently playing, there's a nice little EQ animation (using actual FFT) which also gives you something nice to look at.
Also, when looking at the currently playing episode, you have the "album art" displaying - if you swipe up on the art, you get a wonderful animation which uncovers the episode notes. This is beautiful.
I think think this will be my Podcasting app of choice for a while. There are a few annoying things in the app, for example some inside jokes like "Turns Out" themed podcasts, which is the 5by5 circle's way of picking on the type of podcasters and writers who attempt to discredit common opinion. The links to the competitors within the app appears to have been added for the sake of praise, and that's fine I guess.
Up until I have preferred to stream my podcasts (I only have a 16GB iPhone). I was a bit irritated that this isn't allowed in the current version of Overcast, yet I have adapted. In fact it eliminates the major frustrating interruptions that come from streaming over cellular data. Now I simply allow the app to delete the episode once I have finished listening.
I don't really care much about "Voice Boost" and "Smart Speed" - new affects added to the app. I've tried them out, and don't find that it adds anything to the experience. I actually find "Smart Speed" a bit annoying. Pauses are there for many reasons, and I hate removing them.
These are all minor annoyances, which can be overlooked with the satisfaction and enjoyment I get from using the app.