Andrew Whipple

The Protector and King of Chilladelphia

How To Pick A Podcast App

Published 03/27/2017

Podcasts can be hard to get into. Not only can it be hard to find the right a show you like, you also have to figure out how to listen to the dang things.

Well, if you have a smartphone, fortunately there's a whole ecosystem of great apps built to help you do just that! But then you run into another problem: which app do I pick?

This is where this handy-dandy series of questions should help you out. Go from top to bottom and stop when you hit something that applies. Keep in mind, this is all my own personal opinion, and very geared towards iPhones. But I listen to a lot of podcasts, so while I may not know much about most things, I do know a thing or two about podcasts and listening to 'em.

Do You Have An iPhone And Just Want To Use My Default Suggestion?

Use Overcast.

Do You Use An Android Phone?

Use Pocket Casts.

Do You Listen To An EGREGIOUS Amount Of Podcasts OR Like To Sample Episodes From Lots Of Different Shows?

Use Castro.

Do You Care About Maximum Customization Or Fiddly Features?

Use Downcast.

Do You Care About Having A Mac App?

Use Downcast.

Do You Care About Having An iPad App?

Use Pocket Casts, Downcast, or Overcast (aka not Castro.)

Do You Want To Try Listening To Podcasts On An Apple Watch?

Use Outcast or Workouts++

Do You Really Really Care About Being Able To Use Siri?

Use Apple's default Podcasts app.

Do You Really Want To Use Stitcher?

Fine.

Or How About Using Spotify For Podcasts?

I mean, I guess?

Did None Of The Above Apply?

Use Overcast.

Do You Want To See The Apps I've Downloaded At Some Point, But Wouldn't Pick Over Any Of Those As General Suggestions?

Use Anchor, NPR One, 'sodes, Castaway, Instacast (RIP!), Podwrangler, Podmower, Spreaker, Breaker, or ZCast.


And for those curious, my personal podcast app history (ignoring a few days/weeks spent here and there testing out the other apps on the list above) goes roughly:

  • Syncing podcasts through iTunes, which sucked, so as soon as it launched I switched to...
  • Apple Podcasts app, which was buggy, so I switched to...
  • Downcast, which started crashing and syncing broke, so on to....
  • Instacast, which was perfect, but went out of business, so over to....
  • Overcast, which started to buckle under 200+ subscriptions on an iPhone 6, so then....
  • Castro, which I loved, but once I got a newer, faster phone, it was time to return to....
  • Overcast, which I use today!

Appearance: Holy Swift podcast ep 64, 'Forever & Always w/ Andrew Whipple' 🔗

Published 02/26/2018 (Permalink 📌)

Guys I've peaked.

I got to be on my favorite Gossip-Girl-podcast-that-occasionally-talks-about-Taylor-Swift to discuss the absolute banger of a track "Forever & Always," why Georgina Sparks is necessary to the overall arc of Gossip Girl season 1, and a very lengthy discussion of promise rings. It was an unbelievably fun time on one of the most fun podcasts.

You can listen to the episode, subscribe to the podcast's RSS feed, or check it on Apple Podcasts.


2017 In Lists

Published 12/22/2017

I was going to do a few big posts like last year, ranking things like music and podcasts.... but I got wildly lazy and decided to just tweet a few lists sans lengthy context.

For posterity, here they all are! And as always, these are my personal top (aka not yours, hence likely differences) and when I say "top" I mean that in the realm of "favorite," rather than "best" (aka there will be some things ranked higher than others despite being Objectively Worse.)

Chill.

Top 5 TV Shows Of 2017

  • 5) The Chris Gethard Show (Fusion)
  • 4) The Good Place (NBC)
  • 3) Girlboss (Netflix)
  • 2) Riverdale (The CW)
  • 1) Marvel's Runaways (Hulu)

Top 8 Movies I Saw From 2017

  • 8) Baby Driver
  • 7) Wonder Woman
  • 6) Get Out
  • 5) Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  • 4) The Big Sick
  • 3) It
  • 2) Lady Bird
  • 1) Blade Runner 2049

Top 5 Movies Of 2017 I Still Want To See

(In no particular order)

  • Raw UPDATE: saw it and it was good! Maybe around Wonder Woman on the 2k17 list?
  • I, Tonya UPDATE: saw it and it is now my new #1 movie of 2k17
  • Happy Death Day UPDATE: saw it too, and it is now my #2 movie for 2k17
  • Coco
  • The Shape Of Water UPDATE: saw it. Was quite good! Probably like right around Get Out on my 2k17 list

Top 5 Video Games Of 2017

  • 5) Nier: Automata (PS4)
  • 4) Super Mario Odyssey (Nintendo Switch)
  • 3) Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds (PC)
  • 2) Destiny 2 (PS4)
  • 1) The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild (Nintendo Switch)

Top 10 Albums Of 2017

  • 10) Everybody Works - Jay Som
  • 9) Stranger In The Alps - Phoebe Bridgers
  • 8) Try Not To Freak Out - Sløtface
  • 7) Gone Now - Bleachers
  • 6) DAMN. - Kendrick Lamar
  • 5) reputation - Taylor Swift
  • 4) Collection - Soccer Mommy
  • 3) Miami Garden Club - Kitty
  • 2) Guppy - Charly Bliss
  • 1) Melodrama - Lorde

Top 7 (ish) Podcasts That Were New In 2017

  • 7) Inside Psycho/Inside The Exorcist*
  • 6) October’s Very Owned
  • 5) Cry Me A Riverdale
  • 4) S-Town
  • 3) The Turnaround
  • 2) Lovett Or Leave It
  • 1) The Daily

* (Counting these as one, given the similarities)

Top 5 Podcasts That Existed Previously, But Were New To Me In 2017

  • 5) Dissect
  • 4) The Weeds
  • 3) Faculty Of Horror
  • 2) The Bright Sessions
  • 1) Woodland Secrets

Top 10 Podcasts I Loved In 2017 That Were Returning From Previous Years

(Aka top 10 not on either podcast list above)

  • 10) Cortex
  • 9) The Besties
  • 8) Analog(ue)
  • 7) Girl Friday
  • 6) The Adventure Zone
  • 5) Holy Swift
  • 4) [BRACKET!]
  • 3) Reconcilable Differences
  • 2) Do By Friday
  • 1) My Brother, My Brother, And Me

Neato!

-Andrew W.


BuiltIn Chicago: Groupon’s project managers are 'the air traffic controllers of the engineering department' 🔗

Published 10/31/2017 (Permalink 📌)

(I hate this kind of self promo but eh. It's me in an article!)

-Andrew W.


Stereogum: Watch The Killers Cover The Gaslight Anthem In NYC 🔗

Published 09/23/2017 (Permalink 📌)

I mean to be fair "American Slang" is functionally Brian Fallon's version of "Sam's Town" so like yeah this scans as heck.

-Andrew W.


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