My favorite podcasting app for the iPhone is Instacast which puts Apple’s own podcasting app to shame with more features that are easier to use. Take a look at just how easy it is to use Instacast and manage podcasting episodes on your iPhone.
There’s much to like with Instacast for iOS, including subscription management, a better podcast player, and background listening.
What about podcasting on the Mac? For the most part, it’s iTunes or nothing. Or, Instacast for Mac, which also syncs data between devices using the free Instacast Cloud service.
Like the iOS version, Instacast for Mac gives you management control over podcast subscriptions to add and remove episodes with ease. Those playlists are easily accessed in the MiniPlayer with just two clicks, and it’s also ready for the growing trend of video podcasting with fullscreen support in OS X.
Instacast for Mac looks a bit like a typical standalone RSS reader with podcasts listed in the sidebar, episodes in the center column, and details displayed with a click.
Of the two Instacast, iPhone and iPad, vs. the Mac version, my preference is the iOS version. I find my self using the iPhone and iPad far more to listen to or view podcasts than the Mac. Worse, the Mac version of the app costs four times as much as the iOS version. Instacast for Mac does have an elegant mini window which displays player, time remaining on a podcast, and a list of upcoming podcasts, but that’s not enough to offset the much higher price tag.