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7 addictive podcast apps you can try

Whether you want to laugh, learn or just need entertainment, our list of great podcast apps can help

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Whether you have a long road trip, miss talk radio or want to listen to something while working, podcasts are for you. There are several genres, from comedy to mysteries, and a wide range of hosts that you can follow. However, navigating over 800,000 podcasts currently available can be difficult, so you need a user-friendly app to find your favorites. Check out our list below for some good choices.

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Laughable

Laughable is a fantastic app to use if you need a good chuckle. This podcast app specializes in comedy-focused casts and includes fun hosts that range from your favorite comedians to famous actors. To make things easy in your search, you can browse by host or comedy genre — plus, they have the Laughable Artist Graph, so you can enjoy similar shows to the ones you like.

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  • Free
  • Available for iOS and Android

Download on iOS

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Stitcher

With over 260,000 podcasts, Stitcher has a show for you. It lets users search for episodes, not just podcasts, so if you hear about one specific episode, you can find it. Stitcher also offers a premium service for $4.99 a month that allows you to listen to original programming and take out the built-in advertisements on some of their podcasts.

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  • Free, or Premium for $4.99
  • Available for iOS and Android

Download on iOS

Download on Andriod

Procast

Procast is a great combination of a podcast app and a social media platform. With Procast, you can listen to your favorite shows and share snippets of your favorite moments. The interface has an easy, swipe-like ability to see your newest subscriptions in your inbox and listen or pass.

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  • Free
  • Available for iOS and Android

Download on iOS

Download on Andriod

Available on iOS

Overcast

Overcast has an intuitive interface and all the typical extras associated with podcast apps, but it’s the extra features that take Overcast to the next level. The Voice Boost feature is handy for those with trouble hearing — the feature increases the volume of quiet voices and lowers louder voices. Smart Speed automatically skips long silences and increases conversation speeds without distorting the speakers’ voices.

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  • Free, or Premium for $9.99 a year
  • Available for iOS

Download on iOS

Castro 3

If you’re looking for an innovative way to store and save your podcasts, Castro 3 could be a great option. When a subscribed cast is saved in your library, you can either set it up in your queue or archive the show. This feature works out well if you want to keep all your episodes to listen to later.

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  • Free
  • Available for iOS

Download on iOS

Available on Android

Podcast Addict

Podcast Addict is a popular app because of wonderful features like advanced playback options, Chrome and Sonos support and a sleep timer for those occasions you want to fall asleep to your favorite shows.

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  • Free
  • Available for Android

Download on Android

Podcast Republic

If you’re looking for an Android podcast app with all the bells and whistles, check out Podcast Republic. Not only does Podcast Republic offer over 600,000 podcasts, but it supports iTunes and YouTube, has auto-downloads and offers live radio streaming.

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  • Free
  • Available for Android

Download on Android

With so many excellent podcast app options, you should be well on your way to listening to your favorite show.

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