Castro 2

Castro 2

By Supertop Software

  • Category: News
  • Release Date: 2016-08-15
  • Current Version: 2.6.2
  • Adult Rating: 17+
  • File Size: 43.10 MB
  • Developer: Supertop Software
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 10.3 or later.
Score: 4.5
4.5
From 2,377 Ratings

Description

Castro lets you track lots of podcasts at once without getting overwhelmed. Here’s how it works: 1) Newly published episodes land in the INBOX. Read the descriptions, queue the good ones and archive the rest. 2) The QUEUE is a central playlist where you organize your next few hours of listening. Queued episodes are automatically downloaded. 3) Press Play. Castro plays your queue in order from top to bottom. Reorder or archive queued episodes anytime. 4) In the ARCHIVE you can find the back catalogue of all shows you subscribe to, browse your listening history, and easily access your starred episodes We call this “Triage”. Triage lets you expand your listening habits without getting overwhelmed. With Castro, subscribing to a podcast doesn’t mean making a commitment to listen to every episode. You don’t have to choose a narrow few shows and miss out on the rest. SHARING AND DISCOVERING NEW PODCASTS Castro provides the top charts by genre so you can browse popular shows easily. Tap search to easily find shows you know or hear about. Personal recommendations from friends are another great way to find new shows. Castro users can easily share direct links to episodes and podcasts. Tapping a Castro link will open the episode in the app, where you can queue it right away. If your friends don't have Castro yet, a beautiful web interface lets them play the episode from a browser. The Castro iMessage App makes sharing even easier. - Easily share recently played episodes with your friends and family - When you receive a recommendation from someone else add it to your queue without leaving the Messages app Castro maintains a chronological list of your played episodes in History. This makes it easy to find these episodes for sharing later. If you hear an episode you love, you can star it. Your starred list becomes your personal podcast hall of fame, allowing you to easily share your favourite episodes next time someone asks you for a recommendation. RICH NOTIFICATIONS Castro’s notifications look great, and include a short summary of the episode to help you decide if it interests you. From the notification you can play, queue or archive the episode directly, without opening the app. ENHANCED AUDIO Enhanced Audio improves the listening experience for many podcasts and makes it easier to hear in loud environments. Under the hood, Enhanced Audio applies a dynamic compressor and a peak limiter to increase volume just where it’s needed. CARPLAY CarPlay is better with Castro. You’ve already queued the episodes you’re interested in, so it’s one tap to start playing. Castro’s powerful queue and inbox system means that you don’t need to dig through collections of playlists to find the episode you’re looking for. WIDGET & QUICK ACTIONS Castro’s Widget reveals the next 4-12 episodes in your queue at a glance. Tap the podcast artwork to open Castro and start playing that episode. Quick Actions also allow 3D Touch users to start a sleep timer, search for a podcast using the clipboard, and jump straight to the inbox or the queue, by force pressing on the app icon. AND MORE - Drag and drop support on iOS 11 to help you triage and reorder your queue. - Castro sports an elegant dark mode and well-thought out sleep timer, offering the best in night time podcast listening. - Our "Tentacles" backend server constantly scans for new episodes across every podcast, so your phone doesn’t have to, saving battery life and data usage. - Download and Storage management: Queued episodes are automatically downloaded, so you can focus on deciding what you want to hear and let Castro manage the details. - Fine scrubbing: drag the playhead to scan quickly, or drag the waveform for precision scrubbing. - Beautifully rendered full screen show notes allow you to follow up and explore links of episodes that provide these details. - Rotation support, and big playback controls on the player for easy use while driving.

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Reviews

  • Nearly perfect

    5
    By Hilldale63
    Sharp, clean interface for OCD types. Imaginative way to organize, with inbox and queue.
  • Wonderfully Simple - Inbox Feature Is Great

    5
    By Johnny-boy89
    Switched to this one from Overcast. This one lets me automatically download the podcasts I know I will always listen to (like in many other apps). For the other ones I subscribe to, I can either get a notification for new releases in the Castro inbox or I can have them archived with the rest of the old episodes. The thing that makes this app unlike any other is the inbox. If there are some podcasts you like, but you don’t want to listen to every episode, this app makes sifting through those much more simple. It’s a great app and well worth the cost.
  • Looking forward to V3

    5
    By fantomcheung
    Can't wait
  • Love the flow of the app

    5
    By itsthatryguy
    Castro makes podcast management a breeze.
  • Better than native but could be better

    3
    By cgguido
    Definitely better than Apple’s app. However I’d like to see: - an easy way to move episodes once they’re in the queue. - a way to specify that a certain podcast should be played as a miniseries and placed in cue in release order, all episodes at once. - a way to assign relative priority to podcasts. So that if I add a new episode of a super-favorite podcast it’s added at the very top, but if I add an episode from a “regular” show, it’s added beneath it - a way to say: only ever keep the last “N” episodes from this podcast. Or only keep them if they are no older than “D” days. - a way to explode shows from same publisher or author - a web interface to easily manage subscriptions and queues on a pc or Mac. Or a Mac app.
  • Finally a podcast app with an on the go queue! Needs Apple Watch app.

    5
    By Picac
    I searched high and low for an app that allowed me to choose specific episodes and add them to a playlist WITHOUT having to subscribe to the entire podcast. Finally I came across Castro. Now I can choose individual episodes of a podcast and line them up in a playlist, change the order, stream or download, it's everything I was looking for - checked all my boxes in a podcast app.
  • Beautiful design with extra features

    5
    By dredav
    This app looks beautiful. The interactions feel fun and intuitive. The ability to have any episode, from any subscription, automatically add to either the bottom or top of the queue is an awesome feature. This is a great app that I would recommend to anyone needing a little more out of your podcast listening.
  • Excellent app to organize and queue podcasts

    5
    By M_Seth
    I'd been using Overcast for a couple of years, but I really wanted something that was better at organizing a number of different podcasts. After nearly a year with Castro, I've been really pleased with how it works. It handles a wide range of podcasts, and it's easy to set which ones to download, queue, and the ones to skip (archive). The Castro model works better for me than any of the other clients I've tried. I also really enjoy their own podcast - a really good interesting look into podcasting apps, and their own journey developing Castro.
  • My favorite podcast app just got better!

    5
    By Paperclypse
    Just really really good. Not only my favorite podcasting app, my most used app, period. Update: My love for this app remains strong! Update 2: yup, this is still the best!
  • Solves a Podcast Problem I Never Knew I Had

    4
    By Challenick
    I have gotten so used to the triage system in Castro, and now I can’t use any other podcast app. Everything else feels clunky now... Not to mention the devs were clearly very intentional with designing Castro, and it shows in the UX. This is a must have for podcast listeners who are tired of managing playlists and queues. Castro does podcast streaming with style. The only lacking features are trim silence (as other reviews have pointed out), and the option to change font size would be appreciated. These slight gripes don’t take away from the rest of the app, however. Again, this is a must-have.

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