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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.

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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.

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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.

Popular podcast iOS client on Instacast has come up with a new version for the MAC users. If the desktop version of the app is considered, it is still in open public beta; hence, many improvements are expected to come before the app hits its prime time. However, for the time being, it looks like to be shaping up as an awesome podcast client.

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The beta version of this app will run till the end of this month, so, if you are interested, you’ll have a single month to test it out. The final release will probably not be free, so, that’s another reason to try it out right now.

Right from the application, it is possible for you to subscribe to numerous popular podcasts. If you see that a particular podcast is not featured in the app (You’ll understand this by searching the podcast name in the app’s search field), you can import the same manually using the exact feed URL.

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If you are subscribed to a particular show, the new episodes will automatically be downloaded as soon as those are posted. The shows are presented in a slick and easy to navigate layout, hence, you can listen to the favorite podcasts without any unnecessary fluff whatsoever.

There’s another cool feature of this iOS app that I’ll like to mention here. You can synchronize the podcasts between your devices by creating an Instacast account. Thereby, you can listen to the podcasts no matter if you are at home or you have started to venture out into the world. If you have loved using the beta version, the same can be purchased for a price of $14.99. Well, it is still less than the official launching price of the next month. As the app is still in beta, you may see bugs. If you do, make sure to report those to the creators, so that the final app released is pretty smooth.

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