Podcasting has been a favorite medium for playing radio and internet broadcasts for years today. The idea is easy: each time you plug in your MP3 player in to a computer, load it with the latest episodes of your favorite podcasts and listen for them later, once you’re out and about. However, lots of phones now act as MP3 players and lots of MP3 players are at present internet-enabled. Shouldn’t it be possible to load the latest podcasts without an association to your pc? That is where Podcaster comes from. Podcaster was the first feature-rich podcast download client to appear for its iOS platform, first because of jailbroken app, then in reduced functionality while in the appstore as RSS Player, and finally since the full-fledged valid Podcaster iOS program. Keep reading to find out just how well it really works out.
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The History of Podcaster
I will stray from the normal inspection here in order to Jailbreak iOS 11.3.1 get into Podcaster’s tumultuous history as I know it. Podcaster was initially written in the morning of this app-store, but has been summarily refused by Apple. Apple’s explanation for it is that Podcaster violated app-store policies by copying features added to Apple’s operating system. While it’s true that the iTunes program then (because it can now) had the ability to downlaod podcasts right to the device, it was an incredibly cumbersome process that involved looking downloading and up podcast episodes one at a time, each single time you desired to capture fresh ones. This was a dreadful solution. Believe me, I tried it for some time. I finally got frustrated, which is among the things which led me to jail-break my device, however, I digress. After collapse at the app store, Podcaster’s author released it like a jailbroken program, and there it stayed for quite a while. Finally, the writer developed another app named RSS Player.
RSS Player was an app designed to track internet RSS feeds and also invite sound content from those packs in order to be played on this device. It’s important to note here a podcast is defined (in technical terms) a listing of sound recordings encoded into an RSS feed; mcdougal had found a sneaky way to get a podcast player in to the app store by precisely what the program was made to accomplish. However, RSS Player wasn’t pretty. It had been such a stripped-down version of Podcaster which usually it hardly functioned at all. It went through several upgrade cycles, but while those upgrades fixed some of its own issues, they consistently introduced. I wouldn’t have advocated RSS Player to anybody but the most die hard podcast fans.
Then after what seemed like forever, the time finally came that Podcaster was allowed into the appstore. The writer had to make a few compromises (one which I will explain later), and also the app got refused a couple of more times before it was finally announced, but things have been far better since.
Some of Podcaster’s port has a bit of a learning-curve to it, but when you work out the basics, it may be very easy to use. The first thing you will probably wish to do is add your favourite podcasts into feed. To do so, tap the directory icon at the bottom of the program. There, you have a lot of choices to locate your podcasts, however, the most useful are ‘Search by Title’ and ‘Publish’. This directory is incomplete and sometimes comprises unreliable details. This really isn’t the fault of Podcaster’s author; the podcast directory had to be set up in a sense that does not violate Apple’s App Store policies, and also a directory kept from Podcaster’s author is just one of Podcaster’s few remaining intended features of which Apple does not approve. Therefore, Podcaster draws up on an directory generated by the app’s users, thus the faulty information. If you find yourself unable to find a podcast, or will need to gain access to a password-protected feed, use the ‘Publish’ section. There, you can load feeds via a web speech or import them in an OPML file.
Reliability has been sketchy with Podcaster, and while it really is worlds of progress over its predecessor RSS Player, there are still a lot of bugs along with hiccups to be had. As the program attempts to save exactly the place you were at on your podcast once you close it or find a phone call, it doesn’t always succeed. The downloading errors from prior models appear to be longgone, but you may still find a few persistent corruption bugs that you can get. I’ve become stuck right into a manner where Podcaster would play every audip file quite fast, making everybody else seem like chipmunks. I had to reset these preferences to default to fix that. I have gotten stuck to a mode where it mightn’t advance to the next event after you finished unless used to do it manually. I couldn’t resolve that without re installing the app. Upgrades always appear to resolve some bugs, but introduce more. And every once in a long time, something will go wrong with my podcast list, that again requires me to wipe everything and start from scratch. The lesson: Podcaster is just a fantastic tool, but if you are using it, back up your podcast list regularly employing the Backup icon (in the ‘More’ section).
Though there are still a few snags that harvest on a fairly regular basis, I’d still recommend it to some avid podcast listener. I’ll give this program a four out of five.
This Guide is introduced by Jacob Strandlien, who works Savvy Duck Computers, providing Tech Service in Eugene, Oregon and surrounding regions.