Castro Podcasts Updates With Quicker AirPlay Controls, Cleaner Layout, Apple Watch App, and More

by

Podcast app "Castro" updated to version 3.0 this week, introducing a collection of notable additions like a rebuilt player engine, cleaner layout, Apple Watch app, and more.

Developer Supertop Software says that Castro 3 is "much faster" when users start streaming a podcast and the app's controls are more responsive thanks to a simpler layout on the player screen. Users can now star the current episode they're listening to from the player by double tapping the artwork, and in this screen there are also newly accessible AirPlay controls for streaming podcasts to other devices with fewer steps.


Additionally, Supertop has rolled out an Apple Watch app for podcast playback, letting users control their podcasts and choose new episodes from their queue to play.

Castro is a free app to download [Direct Link], and the app supports in-app purchases for Castro Plus at $8.99 per year or $2.99 per quarter. Castro Plus offers advanced features like mono-mix, chapter skipping and selection, trim silence and enhanced voices for an improved listening experience, and more.

Many users have grown frustrated with Apple's own dedicated Podcasts app, despite an update last year that Apple said was aimed at introducing a "richer" user experience. As more and more companies begin looking into the podcast market, Apple has been making moves that should beef up its own app, including the acquisition of podcast search startup Pop Up Archive last December.

Top Rated Comments

(View all)
Avatar
31 months ago
I’ll give Castro a shot. $3 for three months seems like a reasonable trial fee.

I’m subscribed to around 15-20 podcasts at any one time, and PocketCasts has been my go-to podcast player for years, whether on iPhone or Android. PocketCasts checks all the boxes. But I like to change things up and try something new.

Apple’s Podcast app is pretty and easy to use, but no silence-skipping is a non-starter at this point. Skipping all those small silences really adds up over time.

I paid $10 upfront for an annual subscription to Overcast, and then a couple of months ago it stopped working COMPLETELY. It crashes upon opening every time. The developer refuses to respond to multiple emails, and App Store reviews show I’m not the only one for whom the app has become unusable. I’m out $10 on Overcast, but as the developer says, “That’s life, thanks for understanding.”

I’m heading over to the App Store now to give Castro a try.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Avatar
31 months ago

I’ll give Castro a shot. $3 for three months seems like a reasonable trial fee.

I’m subscribed to around 15-20 podcasts at any one time, and PocketCasts has been my go-to podcast player for years, whether on iPhone or Android. PocketCasts checks all the boxes. But I like to change things up and try something new.

Apple’s Podcast app is pretty and easy to use, but no silence-skipping is a non-starter at this point. Skipping all those small silences really adds up over time.

I paid $10 upfront for an annual subscription to Overcast, and then a couple of months ago it stopped working COMPLETELY. It crashes upon opening every time. The developer refuses to respond to multiple emails, and App Store reviews show I’m not the only one for whom the app has become unusable. I’m out $10 on Overcast, but as the developer says, “That’s life, thanks for understanding.”

I’m heading over to the App Store now to give Castro a try.

Genuinely curious... Overcast is likely THE biggest 3rd party Podcast app, one I have used for years. Marco can be pretty darn abrasive sometimes, but I just don't see him not fixing a major crashing bug, nor have I heard or seen a crashing bug "opening every time." I don't doubt you a bit, just wondering what device / configuration you are using that causes this as I have never seen such an issue with a product I frankly love.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Avatar
31 months ago
Definitely like the new update.. but it's missing an iPad app, unfortunately without that.. can't move away from PocketCast.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Avatar
31 months ago


The big test will be about battery drain. PocketCasts will once in a while go crazy on the battery drain if I’m in a poor signal area. Overcast would do the same once in a while back when it was usable. If Castro doesn’t kill my battery, it’s visual appeal may win me over. I’m a sucker for thick, smooth fonts and buttons.

That’s an iOS issue I’m afraid. Even with no apps running it’ll kill the battery trying to get a signal. I just put it in airplane mode when heading out to remote areas. In the city I’m not usually in a bad signal spot for long enough for it to matter.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Avatar
31 months ago



I paid $10 upfront for an annual subscription to Overcast, and then a couple of months ago it stopped working COMPLETELY. It crashes upon opening every time.

Have you tried deleting and reinstalling it?
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Avatar
31 months ago

That’s an iOS issue I’m afraid. Even with no apps running it’ll kill the battery trying to get a signal. I just put it in airplane mode when heading out to remote areas. In the city I’m not usually in a bad signal spot for long enough for it to matter.

Yes, definitely an iOS issue. And I use airplane mode to counter the battery drain. But when I check the battery stats in settings, it’s only the podcast apps that use a crazy amount of data when I’m in a really bad signal area.

The thing that perplexed me is that 90% of the time my podcast apps just run the battery down a little bit when there’s low signal, and sometimes I can lose 20-40% battery in a few hours. Very random behavior.

But I love podcasts, like I loved radio as a kid in the 70s, so I’ll pay whatever price in battery drain. By far my most used apps are for podcasts and audiobooks. What are you gonna do?
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)

Top Stories

Leaker: 'iPhone 12 mini' and iPhone 12 Storage Capacities Start at 64GB, Pro Models at 128GB

Tuesday September 29, 2020 2:31 am PDT by
Rumors suggest Apple's iPhone 12 launch event will be held on October 13, with the more affordable 5.4 and 6.1-inch devices set to ship out ahead of the more expensive 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch Pro devices, and this morning hit-and-miss leaker Jon Prosser has further committed to that date by providing alleged details on Apple's first shipment of finalized iPhone 12 units. Prosser claims the...

Hands-On With iOS 14.2's New Shazam Music Recognition Toggle in Control Center

Monday September 28, 2020 2:35 pm PDT by
Shortly after launching iOS 14, Apple introduced an upcoming iOS 14.2 update, which is now available to developers and public beta testers ahead of a public release that could come at some point in October. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. The iOS 14.2 update mainly focuses on the Control Center, introducing a new Music Recognition toggle that deepens the Shazam...

Top Stories: iOS 14 Feature Tour, 'iPhone 12 mini' Rumors, Apple Watch Band Controversy

Saturday September 26, 2020 6:00 am PDT by
Things started to calm down a bit this week following last week's rush of media event, Apple Watch and iPad launches, and the release of iOS 14 and other operating updates. But that doesn't mean there wasn't still a lot of news, from digging deeper into iOS 14 to more iPhone 12 rumors to the uproar over trying to exchange band sizes on the new Apple Watch. On top of all of that, we heard...

DigiTimes: 12.9-inch Mini-LED iPad Pro Arriving Early 2021, Mini-LED MacBook Coming Later

Tuesday September 29, 2020 4:18 am PDT by
Apple will launch a 12.9-inch mini LED-backlit iPad Pro in early 2021 and a mini LED-backlit MacBook in the second-half of next year, according to DigiTimes. The Taiwan-based industry publication claims Epistar will supply the over-10,000 mini LEDs used in each iPad Pro tablet. Meanwhile, Apple is expected to recruit Osram Opto as another supplier of mini LEDs for use in a new "high-end"...

iPhone 12 May Launch Earlier Than Usual in South Korea

Monday September 28, 2020 5:24 am PDT by
The upcoming iPhone 12 lineup may launch earlier than usual in South Korea, reports The Korea Herald. South Korean telecoms firms speaking to The Korea Herald have said that the iPhone 12 lineup will launch ahead of its usual schedule. Normally, the release of new iPhones in South Korea comes about one month after launch in the United States. Last year, the iPhone 11 arrived in South Korea ...

iOS 14: 'Phoenix 2' Space Shooter Delivers Playable Demo via App Clips

Saturday September 26, 2020 2:08 pm PDT by
One of the new features that arrived in iOS 14 is called App Clips. App Clips is described by Apple to be a "small part of your app" that can be available to users at just the right moment.App Clips focus on finishing one task quickly. An ideal App Clip experience allows users to open and complete a task in seconds. Instead of requiring an App Store download, they can be loaded and run via...

Epic Games Unlikely to Win Injunction in Ongoing Fortnite Battle With Apple, Jury Trial Possible

Monday September 28, 2020 1:14 pm PDT by
The ongoing legal dispute between Apple and Epic Games continued on today, with a preliminary injunction hearing taking place this morning. We're still waiting to hear the judge's official ruling, but it looks like Epic is not going to be granted an injunction to allow Fortnite back into the App Store as the case unfolds. Many of the arguments that lawyers for Apple and Epic Games made were...

iPhone 12 Production Lines at Foxconn's Zhengzhou Factory in China Running '24 Hours a Day'

Tuesday September 29, 2020 3:38 am PDT by
Apple contract manufacturer Foxconn is running its massive Zhengzhou factory in China 24 hours a day to produce the new iPhone 12, according to Chinese media reports. Apple's main iPhone manufacturer in China is said to be cancelling workers' holidays and introducing mandatory overtime with additional bonuses for longer-serving staff, according to information garnered from employees,...

'iPhone 12 mini' Name Reappears in Leaked Apple iPhone 12 Case Stickers

Friday September 25, 2020 1:58 am PDT by
Earlier this week a proven leaker claimed that the iPhone 12 lineup would be named "iPhone 12 mini," "iPhone 12," "iPhone 12 Pro," and "iPhone 12 Pro Max," and today the same nomenclature has appeared again in a photo depicting alleged stickers from unreleased Silicone iPhone cases originating from Apple's international distribution center in Ireland. The photo shows three stickers with the...

Apple Releases iOS 14.0.1 With Fix for Bug That Resets Default Apps After Rebooting

Thursday September 24, 2020 10:12 am PDT by
Apple today released iOS 14.0.1, the first update to the iOS 14 operating system that was released on September 16. Today's update is a bug fix update addressing issues that weren't able to be fixed in the initial iOS 14 launch. The iOS 14.0.1 update is available on all eligible devices over-the-air in the Settings app. To access the new software, go to Settings > General > Software Update. ...