Castamatic: Ways in which it is better Podcast Client

Now Playing Screen

I understand the Overcast developer is working on a “now screen” redesign and I am eagerly looking forward to that.

  • Old school levels: this is probably showing my age but it’s nice touch showing live levels (1). It’s hidden by default but clicking on the bottom left will show up the settings such as Gap Zapper which is inspired by Overcast’s smart speed.
  • Full-Screen Chapter List: Again, Overcast utilises only half the screen and for episodes with lots of chapters, the user is left scrolling unnecessarily.

Skip Chapters with Advertising

Advertising

Castro, Overcast and Pocket Casts sell advertising slots as part of their business model. Selling advertising means there is at least some form of data that is provided to advertisers and in most cases, thankfully, it’s focused on privacy (at least for the apps specified above). Having said that, Castamatic has NO third-party advertising and as such is not selling advertising slots. The only adverts the user sees is the one prompting Castamatic Premium. I have not seen any other advertising throughout the app:

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This is my safe place where I share my passions for this beautiful planet of ours, technology and pursuit of happiness.