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Top-Rated Android Podcast Apps
This is a roundup of top-rated Android podcast players that are great for finding and managing podcasts, audio books and even RSS feeds.
These podcatchers not only allow the user to subscribe to and follow podcasts but also make it easy to navigate large audio files and even customize how the audio sounds with integrated equalizers.
Some apps can even prevent data service overages and battery depletion with data plan and battery saving features.
DoggCatcher Podcast Player
This is one of the most highly rated Android Podcatcher that is also capable of handling RSS/news feed.
Features that make this podcast app popular include:
- Makes it easy to find new podcasts/feeds
- Fully automated download and cleanup of media files and has the ability to identify media that has already been listen to
- Offline playback of audio and video
- Feeds Categories
- Active user community
- Highly configurable
- Variable speed playback with Presto, a third party audio library
- Makes recommendations based on your feed subscriptions
- Integrated Audio/Video Player
- Battery/data plan friendly – can limit downloads based on network/power connections
gReader Pro (Google Reader)
gReader is an unofficial Google Reader client for Android. This app is more readily know as and Android RSS reader, but it handles podcasts as well.
- Syncs with Google Reader
- 2-Way Sync (include star items)
- Offline Reading with full article content
Podcast streaming support
- Themes: Black, Blue and Dark
- Folders / Tags support
- Auto synchronization
If you had tried the free version and still get ads after you upgrade, clear the cache and check the license in gReader again (Menu->More->Check License).
RssDemon News & Podcast Reader
RssDemon is a powerful, clean and easy to use news and podcast reader that allows you to subscribe to news, blogs, podcast feeds and read the feeds in the comfort of your mobile, with or without being online.
- Supports all kinds of news and blog formats not just RSS, ATOM, Podcast
- Supports offline Podcast playback
- Add your own news source and choose from predefined feeds and podcasts
- Easy Search: You can search for a news source by simple keywords
- Google Reader Integration
- Full application Backup / Restore (all settings, feeds and articles)
- Highly customizable UI and support multiple theme colors with both dark and light background
- Feed grouping allow users to easily categorize and locate feed
- Automatic downloads new articles
Music Folder Player Free
This app is an alternative music player and is particularly suitable for people who often want to switch between music and audio books/podcasts.
The app’s “Seek Buttons” work particular for long podcasts and audio books that make it difficult to skip to a certain position. To help the user jump forward or backward in controlled increments, each seek button can be configured to advance or rewind between 1s and 99s or between 1% and 9% at a time
- Makes navigating large audio files easier
- Equalizer – Has a customizable equalizer (Android 2.3 or newer) with 8 presets (Bass Booster, Bass Reducer, Treble Booster, Treble Reducer, Vocal Booster, Vocal Reducer, Volume Booster, Party)
- Sleep Timer – The sleep timer stops and exits the player after a selectable time or at the end of the current track. The sound starts fading out some seconds before the timer ends so you aren’t awaken.
- Extended headset control – If your headset has only one button, you can skip to the next track by double click. A single click pauses the playback. This also works in shuffle mode.
- Undo function – If you accidentally touch a button or select another track, the undo button appears.