When it comes to podcatchers on Android, there aren't a whole lot of good, free options. The current top dogs - BeyondPod, Doggcatcher, and the like - can cost upwards of five dollars, which is a bit of stretch for anyone who only casually listens to one or two key podcasts (like the AP podcast for example). That's really what makes AntennaPod so special - it has a very nice, Holo-theme layout, offers many of the features that users really want in a podcatcher, is completely ad-free, and is open source. That's a pretty impressive list right out of the gate.

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* Downloading and Streaming of episodes
* Support for Atom and RSS feeds
* OPML import and export
* Flattr integration
* Player homescreen widget
* Search
* Automatic feed updates
* Sleep timer
* MiroGuide integration
* Supports MP3 chapters, VorbisComment chapters and Simple Chapters

AntennaPod is completely free in the Play Store, so if you've been looking for a good podcatcher, check it out, and don't forget to subscribe to the weekly Android Police podcast!

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • http://btwnworlds.tumblr.com/ Lou G

    I use Pocketcasts but if this works well, guess what I'm switching too. Yeah, I paid 2.99 for it but honestly? it hasn't been updated to 4.2 yet. there are times the podcasts won't download, or download later then even iTunes. I'm fedup.

    • Aaron Berlin

      The devs are evidently hard at work on a big update that includes things like what you're asking for. At one point they teased cross-device syncing, which is basically the holy grail for me. I've generally been pretty happy with it, but I'm very eager to get ICS+ in-notification playback controls.

      • http://btwnworlds.tumblr.com/ Lou G

        I'm just happy to get an app that looks good on jelly bean. Sometimes the widget breaks, or pressing pause/play does nothing. Sometimes a podcast feed I put on there won't download the episodes even though there are episodes.

        I tried this antennapod and I just couldn't get my OPML to import. Oh well, that's minor. I'll give it another look for sure.

  • http://twitter.com/TheGermian Roberto Giunta

    I have to try it out.

    One thing I really miss is the possibility of speeding up podcast playback. And before you suggest the Presto Sound Library Open Beta, it's buggy and not worth the 3,99€/$5...

    • Kaushal

      Beyondpod supports podcast speedup.

      • http://twitter.com/TheGermian Roberto Giunta

        You're getting an F for paying attention. It's the Presto Library plug-in you have to buy I mentioned

        • Kaushal

          The only reason that I mentioned BeyondPod is because it's not buggy (unlike the plugin you mentioned not worth buying) AND supports podcast speed changing.

          • http://twitter.com/TheGermian Roberto Giunta

            Again, I'm using BeyondPod and the only option to speed up your podcasts is through a 3rd party plug-in which - in this case - is the Presto Library thing which costs about $5. I don't mean the "skipping 10 seconds" functions.

            If I press the 1x button right to the progress line in the player screen, a message pops up which says "Playback Speed Plug-In" and that you have to get it seperately, which IS the Presto Plug-In.

            But if you know a possibility to use Playback speed up without using that certain plug-in, I'm listening :)

          • Kaushal

            I stand corrected. My mistake is that I was aware of that 1x button to support playback speedup but I had never used it. So I did not realize that you were actually referring to BeyondPod in your first comment.

          • http://twitter.com/TheGermian Roberto Giunta

            No problem, dude :)

    • dirtyid

      According to developer on forum this feature isn`t likely to be implemented.

      • http://twitter.com/TheGermian Roberto Giunta

        Meh, what a shame. It's native on iOS :/

    • Davy Jones

      VLC beta lets you speed up tracks. I wonder if there is a way they can integrate it.

    • http://twitter.com/arghness Alex

      The free Kies Cast from the Samsung appstore supports speeding up playback without a plugin.

  • http://www.binarytuberculosis.com BinaryTB

    Just tried this app, it's very nice and simple to use, but after 15 minutes of usage, uninstalled it and went back to Podkicker. They're almost the same app, but Podkicker has some very minor features and GUI displays that I prefer. They're both great apps, up to the user to decide I'd say.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    Open source = huge win and bonus points in my book.


    • jaduncan

      This stance is one of the things that makes me appreciate you being involved with AP; I'm just about to switch from beyondpod to this on general principle and if there's a feature I miss I'll just write patches.

      Actually, an article by AP on the best FOSS applications on Android would be awesome.

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

        Being a developer, I always appreciate access to source code. And hosting on github, forking pull requests are a click away.

        • jaduncan

          I successfully pulled, and then after a bit of work I was pushing up my own stuff all night. (As the other one-liner goes, the problem with git-related jokes is that everyone has their own version.)

        • http://twitter.com/ArtVandelay440 Nathaniel Webb

          This code helped me tremendously in learning to use some of the new fragment views from API 17. Good stuff.

  • David

    I've been using Podkast since my Eris days and I absolutely hate it, since it randomly stops playing podcasts and starts back from the beginning and crashes to where you have to force stop the app 2-3 times per podcast. I've stuck with it because of the high prices of alternatives. I will definitely give this app a shot!

  • atlouiedog

    No auto-download of new episodes. No download folder selection. Those are just the two biggest oversights for me in a list of features that I think should be standard in a podcast app but are missing here. I'll check back later and see where it is.

  • http://ridukkokun.wordpress.com/ Dukkokun

    Just wanted to report that I started a Community page about holo apps on G+. Any help is encouraged :) https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/112110996671697454680

  • Tyler Humphreys

    And another Holo-themed open-source free podcaster in its early stages:

    Volksempfänger ( https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.x4a42.volksempfaenger )

    Unlike AntennaPod, this one actually allows automatic downloading of podcasts. It also has much better success in searching for podcasts in my experience.

    • MicroNix

      Yes, with AntennaPod, I did a search for "Android" and nothing showed up. Of all things I expect an *Android* podcast app to pick up, and nothing.

    • Martin K

      They claim AntennaPod supports automatic downloads now, but I couldn't get it to work. I got Volksempfänger to download episodes the second I subscribed to them.

  • ericl5112

    I hope this is a relatively early theme, being a beta. Something that gets to me (and I've seen certain googlers mention this as well) is apps that are cookie-cutter holo. It was designed as a base to build off, not the end of the design process. Look at a lot of great holo apps. They usually have a holo base, with their own flavor.

  • Nathan J

    I definitely appreciate this article. Podcasts is just something I never got into, and my curiosity hit a wall when I learned all the good podcast apps cost money. Now, I'm willing to pay for a good app, but I'm not willing to pay for a good app if I'm A) not sure about the app and more importantly, B) not sure about the job the app is intended for. There does not seem to be a good starting point for one who is new to podcasts that the paid apps build on, like, say, Google Play Music (or a myriad of others) for music playback. It's just pay or GTFO.

    I like the design so far, seems to follow basic Holo guidelines, so the interface is familiar. What I don't understand is finding podcasts to follow. There must be literally thousands, especially under technology, but we have two headers under each category: top and popular. (Aren't those the same thing?) And one podcast I checked out last month, The Nerdist (not that I'm a fan -- I heard one excellent show and one that was rather lacking, so they're 50/50 with me, but I figure I'll start there) does not show up in either, and in Reddit polls on tech podcasts, their name is dropped a lot. I would classify them as both top and popular, but again I am not an expert. They don't show up and a search for them returns no results. So, I'm not sure. Other than that, it's a great app so far.

  • ConCal

    Whenever I see a holo themed app, I instantly like it.

  • JAD88

    I dont know if i'm using this wrong, but none of the podcasts i listen show up when i search for them.

  • ShivSharan

    Hello, I have downloaded the project code, I think some libraries are missing here, "https://github.com/danieloeh/AntennaPod/tree/master/submodules", can you please check and update the same..

  • Aftecno

    But is autodownloading work ing.? In my version seems not...