Apple has outed its Podcasts app, collating a ton of audio outpourings for your listening pleasure. So is it any good? We’ve had a play, and you can read our thoughts after the jump.
Apple has just dragged podcasts out of iTunes and given them a home of their own in its new app. It’s free to download, and has a look that combines modern lines and retro styling: the podcasts’ colourful cover art is present and correct, but you navigate it like an old school radio. A dial at the top takes you through various categories, or you can select from a separate Categories submenu.
You’re probably better off doing the latter to be honest. The dial is a nice touch, but because of the page layout you can only see one cover at a time.
The upside is that you can see the cover art in all its glory, so you’re more likely to know what you’re getting. The downside? It can feel a little plodding, going through podcasts one at a time, especially if you don’t know what you’re looking for. But once you’re subscribed, the Catalog section shows plenty on-screen at once.
Apple has extended the retro feel to the controls too, with the play and skip buttons resembling those on an old cassette player.
The search bar works well, but we did have some issues actually loading a podcast. The Desert Island Discs menu was reduced to a grey block, though we were running it on an old iPod Touch that crunches along thanks to iOS 5.1.1, so any slowdown issues could be down to that.
But streaming was fine, and stations and podcasts were generally quick to load.
It’s an 8.8MB download, and you’ll need iOS 5.1 or later on your iPod Touch, iPhone or iPad. It’s available now – just head over to iTunes to get it. And let us know what you make of it.