I got a lot of feedback saying that Instacast is the better app and that a lot of people are disappointed with the feature set and the performance. For me, my disappointment wasn’t about the feature set or that Apple entered the marketplace for podcast apps. I was disappointed that with this app, Apple is not attempting to modernize its sight on Podcasts and adapt to recent trends in the podcast scene.
Apple’s app is nice, but doesn’t offer what I hoped it would: All my podcasts everywhere. I’m thinking iTunes Match for podcasts. I want everything on my work computer, on my home computer, on my phone, and on my iPad. I think they may get there, but until then I like Instacast.1
It’s beginning to feel like podcast apps are the new Twitter clients. Each of them can take a standard input, like data from the Twitter API or an OPML file of RSS feeds, and present them in new and different ways. Think of how many podcast apps there are now. Downcast. Instacast. Pocket Casts. And now there’s Apple’s podcast app.
If you can export and import OPML files you can easily bounce back and forth between clients, much like what people do with text editors and Google Reader clients. At about $2 for an app it’s tempting to buy a bunch of them and see which one fits you best.
Related: I never thought I’d use Instacast’s Pro features, but I wanted to bookmark one thing and now if I hear something I like it gets bookmarked. For example: Chewing The Fat Boys.
The only things I dislike about Instacast is that it can feel slow on my iPhone 4 and the iCloud syncing can get broken on Instacast HD, but the alert messages say things like “We’re really trying hard to help you here, but iCloud is being a pain right now.” ↩