Do you use podcasts to be informative on a big range of interests and topics? Well, if you are subscribed to a dozen of podcasts, managing all of those can prove to be a time consuming task. Many prefer the podcast manager of iTunes, however, that’s good enough only for a handful of podcasts. An advanced version of the same is Instacast which comes with better options for playing, managing, interacting with or synching the various podcast subscriptions between your devices.
I remember trying out Instacast in its beta stage. The app is now available in its full version for a price of $19.99. However, you can opt for the 14-day free trial if you wish as well.
The main user interface of Instacast has three columns: you will find a list of all your podcast subscriptions in one, you will find the downloaded episodes for each of the subscriptions in the other and the larger column is for displaying the notes and some other relevant information as well. You can sort the podcast subscriptions by episode, recently played, title, favored and unplayed. The episodes, just in the very same way, can be sorted by these criteria too.
There are 5 built-in smart folders inside the app as well and you can keep track of the most recent, most downloaded, unplayed, recently played or favorite podcasts through those. You can download the individual podcasts if you wish. Alternatively, it is possible to stream them to your MAC as well. I personally liked the streaming feature as it let me not store any unwanted videos/music files in my system.
The playback controls of Instacast are similar to that of iTunes. However, the backward and forward buttons you see are not for skipping between episodes, but, it lets you skip forward or backward in a selected podcast.