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Pocket Casts lets you pick what to listen to based on your commute's length

Pocket Casts lets you pick what to listen to based on your commute's length

I've always wondered why some podcast applications don't consider episode length as an important factor in how people decide what to listen to. If I only have twenty minutes during my commute or 30 minutes on my drive, I don't want to start a lengthier episode and be forced to pause before it's over. A few podcast players recognized this a long time ago, but Pocket Casts remained an outlier until recently when it added sorting by episode length. Now it's also implementing duration filters.

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I wish all music and audio apps on Android wouldn't stop playback when swiped away

I wish all music and audio apps on Android wouldn't stop playback when swiped away

Several years ago, developers of music players on Android had to implement a persistent notification in order to keep their app running and music playing even when users switched to another app. With better memory management and more available RAM on modern phones, this isn't a concern anymore, and most devs have forgotten about that commodity. That has had one annoying consequence on several audio apps: If you mistakenly swipe them away, your music or podcasts or audiobooks stop playing.

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Pocket Casts lets you automatically skip the unnecessary outros of some podcasts (Updated)

Pocket Casts lets you automatically skip the unnecessary outros of some podcasts (Updated)

Since most podcasts start with a jingle and a small intro, possibly even ads, several podcast players have implemented a skip feature that lets you avoid those. You set up a specific duration per show (anything from a few seconds to a couple of minutes) and the app will automatically jump over that part and start playing. Pocket Casts is now adding a similar option, but for outros.

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Pocket Casts shares plans for new Discover screen with custom picks from popular podcasters (Update: New release available)

Pocket Casts shares plans for new Discover screen with custom picks from popular podcasters (Update: New release available)

Pocket Casts had a full year of controversy in 2019, first releasing a massively divisive material redesign, then following it up a few months later by going freemium. After the dust settled, the app started making slow improvements, introducing easier ways to check show notes and edit your playlist queue, and now releasing a total redesign of the Discover tab.

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Pocket Casts 7.6 makes it easier to check show notes and edit your episode queue (Update: Now in stable)

Pocket Casts 7.6 makes it easier to check show notes and edit your episode queue (Update: Now in stable)

Slowly, very slowly, Pocket Casts is starting to add back features that were removed in the big move to v7. Version 7.6, which is now in beta, implements more of these improvements, notably bringing back the swipe to see show notes, and making it easier to edit the Up Next queue. We also get a new free theme and customizable quick actions in the Now Playing screen.

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[Update: Now in stable] Pocket Casts now respects the system dark mode setting on Android

[Update: Now in stable] Pocket Casts now respects the system dark mode setting on Android

Many apps are rushing to add a dark mode now that Android 10 and iOS 13 have implemented it on the system level. Some apps, however, have had a dark theme for years and the only thing they need to change is to make it respect the system setting. That's the case for Pocket Casts, the popular podcast player.

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[Update: Free Plus for desktop app buyers] Pocket Casts goes freemium, sells PC app and extra features for $10 a year

[Update: Free Plus for desktop app buyers] Pocket Casts goes freemium, sells PC app and extra features for $10 a year

In its most sweeping change since being acquired by a public media consortium last year, podcast app Pocket Casts is making its Android and iOS apps free. Most features, including dark theming, cross-platform syncing, silence removal, and variable-speed playback will be available to all users. Other facets, including the desktop apps, will be available for a monthly or annual fee.

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Pocket Casts 7.0.2 brings back multi-select, adds new episode grouping options

Pocket Casts 7.0.2 brings back multi-select, adds new episode grouping options

The saga of Pocket Casts' controversial v7 update continues, but there's more light at the end of the tunnel... or at least a hint of light at the end of the tunnel. After an update to v7.0.1 that fixed casting issues, made the swipe gesture customizable, and improved episode title layout in filters, a new version is rolling out with a few more features users were clamoring for.

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Minor Pocket Casts update fixes a few issues with the app's recent controversial changes

Minor Pocket Casts update fixes a few issues with the app's recent controversial changes

To say that Pocket Casts' latest update to version 7 wasn't well received is an understatement. The app modified several of its core mechanics, removed some beloved features, and podcast addicts have been quite vocal about their displeasure with the changes. It's true that you can get used to most of them, but the team's response to a few concerns was underwhelming. Now the developers are trying to mend a few broken hearts by rolling improvements and fixes in v7.0.1.

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Pocket Casts team defends changes in V7 update after widespread criticism

Pocket Casts team defends changes in V7 update after widespread criticism

Stop me if you've heard this before — a popular app gets a major update, and people get upset. There's always a subset of users annoyed after an app is revamped, but the blowback to Pocket Casts v7 has definitely been extreme over the past few days.

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