Top 5 Best Free Podcast Apps for iPhone

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Podcasts are the new AM radio, and they are a great way to pass the time while you’re working, commuting or doing chores. There are so many podcasts to choose from it can be hard to go online and find them yourself. Download these five apps and browse find anything from comedy to interviews to recaps of your favorite shows. Put your headphones in and let Ira Glass’s sultry voice take you to a happy place.


1. Pod Wrangler

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Pod Wrangler makes it really easy to find your new favorite podcast. Browse by categories, favorites or providers. When you find a show you really like you can download the individual episodes or subscribe and the app will download the new episodes when they are released. The most interesting thing about Pod Wrangler is that you can upload any MP3 and turn it into a podcast. It is an easy way to listen to something without streaming it.

Download it here for Apple.

Pros:

  • Subscribe to your favorite shows to automatically download
  • Can listen without internet
  • Turn any MP3 into a podcast

Cons:

  • Popular podcasts aren’t updated often
  • Can’t stream podcast
  • Uploading by URL doesn’t always work


2. Stitcher

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Stitcher combines a podcast app with social media. Log in with Facebook and create a profile that lists your favorite shows and episodes and a little bit about yourself. Connect with your friends and see what they’re listening to. The best way to find something you’ll love is to trust the people you spend time with. If you’re getting on a plane, you can create a playlist of different episodes so you don’t have to access the internet when you finish one. Just let them play through.

Download it here for Apple.

Pros:

  • Can see what your friends are listening to
  • Create a playlist
  • Make a favorites list

Cons:

  • Hard to find certain podcasts
  • Can’t access archives of shows
  • Front page sometimes doesn’t update


3. NPR Addict

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NPR is the king of talk radio and has been producing podcasts for years. Unfortunately, they an be hard to find on other podcasts apps and platforms. NPR Addict has everything you could need from All Things Considered to Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me. Search by topic, show or even episode to listen to your favorite reporters and maybe learn something new. When you choose a new episode you can read the transcript from the show or listen to it. Bookmark your favorites to return to later or share with your friends.

Download it here for Apple.

Pros:

  • Stream any podcast
  • Find recent episodes of your favorite shows
  • View images associated with the story

Cons:

  • Doesn’t have all NPR shows
  • Can’t download episodes
  • Can’t subscribe to shows


4. Overcast

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Find and subscribe to your favorite podcasts. Browse through by category to discover something new or use the search bar to find your favorites. Find something you like and you can subscribe to new episodes, set up notifications and decide how many unplayed episodes to keep downloaded. this makes it easier to monitor how much room they are using on your phone. If you don’t see what you want, you can copy and paste a URL or tweet suggestions to the company.

Download it here for Apple.

Pros:

  • Get notified when there’s a new episode
  • Plug in a URL
  • Tweet suggestions to get podcasts added

Cons:

  • Can be hard to navigate
  • Need Wifi to download episodes
  • Doesn’t support some podcasts


5. Podcasts

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Your iPhone came preloaded with a podcast player. Search for what you want and you can download or stream an episode. You can look through your your episodes by title of the show or network it is one. If you’ve already started playing an episode and want to get back to it, hit the Now Playing icon and start from where you left off. If you don’t know what to listen to, go to the Top Charts section to see what has been trending.

Download it here for Apple

Pros:

  • Pick up where you left off on an episode
  • See what is trending currently
  • Search by show name or network

Cons:

  • Can be hard to navigate
  • Hard to delete episodes
  • Need a connection to download