Recommendation: Overcast 2.0

by Deanna Chapman

It’s been a while since I’ve done any recommendations. For those of you who may not know, I listen to a ton of podcasts. I’ve been using Overcast since it was first released. Unfortunately, I had the iPhone 4 still when the app came out and I wasn’t able to make use of the in-app purchase to pay Marco Arment for his hard work. Once I upgrade to the 5s, I immediately did so and did not mind paying $5 for a great app with great features. With the 2.0 version, Marco has decided to make the app free with all of the features. You can read about his reasoning here. Smart Speed is by far the best feature I’ve encountered in a podcast app. It cuts out unnecessary silences to make your listening time shorter. For an idea of just how many podcasts I listen to, I’ve saved over 240 hours using Smart Speed. I also love the Twitter recommendation feature. If you follow users who listen to podcasts in Overcast, the shows they recommend will show up in a nice feed and there are preset categories that allow you to easily discover new podcasts. If you need any more convincing, check out Federico Viticci’s review of the app over on Macstories. You can grab the app for iOS here