iCatcher! Podcast Player

Last modified
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
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Description of App

Download, listen, watch and enjoy your favorite podcasts all from your device. Now with support for Apple Watch! FEATURES • Background Refresh • Subscribe to your favorite podcasts in the app and manage them in the app • Download episodes over WiFi or Cellular (on devices that have cellular). • Download in the background • Download multiple episodes at once (up to 3 on WiFi and 2 on cellular). • Support for Password Protected feeds • Sync subscriptions, episode playback positions and playlists between your devices with iCloud • Universal App (iPhone/iPad) • Full retina display support • Search in all views to find that podcast or episode you are looking for • Play audio in the background • Custom playlists with filtering options by podcast, episodes and more. • Support for continuous playback (toggle it on now playing screen just below time elapsed). • All device orientations supported with configurable option in the settings • You can unsubscribe to podcasts and still have them on your device. Use that for those less than stellar podcasts! • Full VoiceOver support PLAYBACK • Variable playback speed 0.75x, 1x, 1.25x, 1.5x, 2x • Playback speed remembered per podcast • Support for podcasts with chapters and chapter images (MP3 and M4A) • Use your headset controls including Bluetooth car controls (when paired) to play/pause, jump forward or back 30 seconds • Sleep timer • Beautifully rendered show notes • Onscreen controls for jumping ahead 30 seconds, or jump back 30. • Gesture Support on the now playing screen (when the podcast logo is showing) to aid in hands free use • Double-tap to play/pause • Swipe up to toggle playback speed • Swipe left/right to rewind/fast-forward • Home of the L gesture for the 2 minute Leo jump. • See Settings and Gestures for more and for customizing rewind/fast-forward gestures • Support for AirPlay, watch or listen to those podcasts on your big screen • Support for external display of videos for devices that support an external display (get the Apple HDMI adapter) • Watch or listen to your favorite podcasts with a familiar layout • Customizable options like Auto-Play on connect to start playing the last playing podcast when you plug your headphones in (some restrictions, settings, playback, general). FIND NEW PODCASTS QUICK • Find your podcasts by title, keyword or by author • Browse the top podcasts by category • Manually add podcasts with a URL • Support for Password Protected feeds • Option to download a single episode • Browse the web in the app to find podcasts to add. Browser will prompt if you tap a link that is podcast feed. • Import Podcast subscriptions for episodes that are already in your device from iTunes • Import your OPML file from iTunes or other iOS podcast app • Import media by using iTunes File Sharing feature • Add your existing audiobooks (non-password protected ones) using iTunes File Sharing feature • Add previously downloaded podcasts from your computer using iTunes file sharing feature (see settings and import media for details). MORE • Completely customizable to meet your podcasts needs. • Swipe across a podcast or episode to access additional options • Podcast settings allow you to set the days the podcast typically comes out or the number of days between. • Specify the number of episodes to download when new ones are available • Share the podcast information via email with your friends • Post to Twitter or Facebook from the now playing screen CONTACT Email: tap Help tab and tap Email Support Twitter: @Joeisanerd PLEASE NOTE: The app does NOT sync with iTunes. Like other podcast apps it is standalone app meant to subscribe and download on the device. * If a feed doesn't work, then let me know so I can take a look at it Requires iOS 9 or higher.

Version

2.9.1

Free or Paid

Paid

Apple Watch Support

Yes

Device(s) App Was Tested On

iPhone

Accessibility Comments

Almost fully accessible. You can use the app without to much of an issue. Some of the interface is a bit quirky and there is area where you have three bottons like the All, New, and Playable but you can't tell which is currently selected but can be easy to use.

iOS Version

10.2

VoiceOver Performance

VoiceOver reads most page elements.

Button Labeling

All buttons are clearly labeled.

Usability

There are some minor accessibility issues with this app, but they are easy to deal with.

Developer's Twitter Username

@joeisanerd

Recommendations

0 people have recommended this app

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Comments

Submitted by AppleVis on Thursday, April 7, 2011

I must applaud the developer for his efforts in making this app accessible.

I've made contact with a number of developers over the past few months. Most have been fairly receptive to requests to improve the accessibility of their apps, but I was simply staggered by the speed and dedication with which the developer of iCatcher! responded. Within a few hours he had a beta version of the app available that addressed most of the minor problems. Over the next few days we worked closely to address the more involved problems. Well, he did the working, I just provided the feedback <smile>.

I know that he has implemented functionality in this app that is there solely for the use and benefit of VoiceOver users. He gave this priority at a time in the development cycle of the app when I am sure he would have preferred to be working on adding features to the app. For this, I want to publicly thank him.

I also have no hesitation in recommending the app itself. In fact, it has now replaced Podcaster as my default podcast player. I wouldn't claim that it is significantly better, but I do prefer it. There are still a few improvements that I would like to see, but I know that the developer is working on these (along with adding additional features).

Submitted by AppleVis on Friday, September 23, 2011

In reply to by Morten

As far as I am aware, PodCaster is the only podcast app that offers push notifications.

Submitted by AnonyMouse on Monday, October 31, 2011

In reply to by AppleVis

What's New in Version 1.5.3 +Changes to the podcasts tab to adda refresh button to the title bar "Podcasts". On smaller devices like iPhones and iPod touches the 3 button controll for adding new podcasts has been replaced with the single Add button that will give you the 3 options. +Fix for Artwork showing over playback controls +New option to disable artwork on lock screen (iOS 5 users only). +New option to customize the next and previous button for remotes. +New option to remove an episode from a playlist. Just use the multi-select feature (tap the episode image) and then tap the options button and Remove from Playlist. This can also be done when creating/editing a playlist. +Bug fix for a feed that wouldn't import +Other bug fixes to improve stability

Submitted by DPinWI on Tuesday, June 19, 2012

When I first stuck my toe in the podcatcher waters, i tried Downcast. I loved the functionality, but it ate my battery at a prodigious rate. I tried iCatcher. It worked fine, and didn't drain my battery. But i found one pesky podcast that caused the app to crash. After various attempts to deal with it myself, I contacted the developer this morning. His quick reply let me know he was aware of the issue, and said he had an update pending that he hoped would deal with it. Later today, the update went live. I installed it, and had no further crashes. Okay, this was a nice coincidence, but it is still impressive. Kudos to Joe! I also made a request and he not only thought it was possible, he asked for my opinion on how to best implement it. Even if the rumours about a separate Apple podcatcher in iOS 6 are true, I don't see me being lured away from iCatcher. Great stuff. I highly recommend this app for both its features and performance, and the level of support from the developer.

Submitted by DPinWI on Wednesday, July 18, 2012

An update was released today. The developer implemented the change I requested it, and referenced it as a VO enhancement. Now the app will tell you the name of the podcast feed in the download queue and in playlists. Previously , I couldn't always tell what feed something was from because only the episode name was spoken. Again, I can't be happier with this app, and as a podcast addict, that's saying something.

Submitted by AnonyMouse on Thursday, August 23, 2012

What's New in Version 1.9.2 ✓ Bug fixes ✓ Chapter support for download MP3's that have chapters. ✓ Improvements to iCloud sync. ✓ New sort option for podcasts tab, Downloads, then Priority ✓ Location based background updates ✓ Refresh completed notification will not show if there is 0 to download and 0 to stream. ✓ New iCloud sync option for WiFi only. ✓ Changes were made to allow for 4.2.1 devices to receive this update. ✓ Improvements made to import process when importing OPML files (multiple podcasts). ✓ Changed the default for import to not download latest episode upon import.

Submitted by AnonyMouse on Saturday, November 3, 2012

Still a very impressive app and gets overlooked a lot from Downcast. I feel that this is a bit snappier and is faster than Downcast if you have a good list of podcasts.

  

What's New in Version 1.9.6

 

✓ UI changes on the Now Playing screen
✓ Dedicated button on now playing screen to toggle back-to-back playback. See help anRedirect detection fixes
✓ Fixes to the Location+Background updates
✓ Numerous bug fixes.
✓ Sync fixes for episodes that have future publish dates
✓ Fixes for the dates shown on episodes when the date is in the future

Submitted by DPinWI on Saturday, November 3, 2012

In reply to by AnonyMouse

I'm still a big fan of this app. The latest feature additions are nice touches. The developer has always been quick to respond to questions, and has added features I've requested. I haven't been tempted to try the new Podcast app, nor reinstall Downcast.

Submitted by Scott Davert on Sunday, November 4, 2012

This is the only podcast client I use on my iDevices. Well designed, fully accessible, and well worth supporting!

I thought Downcast was great, but this beats it for me and that's really saying something. The nice part is I have both apps and if something should happen with one of them the other is always around. I was able to import my .OPML file from downcast directly into iCatcher! and began downloading shows almost immediately. Once you set all the options, and man there are loads of them, you can get it to do pretty much anything you want it to. and it's all 100% accessible! This app is amazing!

Submitted by alex wallis on Wednesday, July 31, 2013

What's New in Version 1.10.3 -Bug fixes -Fix for showing embedded artwork when the embedded artwork is too small -Expanded the episodes to ignore option (podcast settings) to allow for setting episodes to include or ignore. This is an either or but not both. -Local search of your podcasts, playlist and a podcasts episodes now allows you to search for podcasts/episodes that have a bookmark with that search term in it -New low free space warning when the device doesn't have enough space to safely download an episode -New Episode sort options within a podcast. You can now choose to show downloaded episodes inline with the other episodes instead of having them in their own section. Episode sort has also been added as a podcast default that you can set (and reset all of your podcats to use). -Sync changes/bug fix -Support for another encoding -Compatibility fixes

Submitted by alex wallis on Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Is there any way to search the hole podcast feed or to view older episodes? I seem only able to view the last 50 episodes.

Submitted by krshmann on Saturday, September 7, 2013

is it possible to stream a podcast without downloading it

Submitted by DPinWI on Saturday, September 7, 2013

In reply to by krshmann

You can set the podcast to either stream, or download, individually by feed. You can also search for a podcast, and stream episodes without ever subscribing to the feed.

Submitted by DPinWI on Saturday, January 2, 2016

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Download, listen, watch and enjoy your favorite podcasts all from your device. Now with support for Apple Watch!

Updated for iOS 9! Support for split screen and slide over on devices that support that feature (newer iPads).

FEATURES
• Background Refresh (iOS 7 and up only)
• Subscribe to your favorite podcasts in the app and manage them in the app
• Download episodes over WiFi or Cellular (on devices that have cellular).
• Download in the background on devices running iOS 7+
• Download multiple episodes at once (up to 3 on WiFi and 2 on cellular).
• Support for Password Protected feeds
• Sync subscriptions, episode playback positions and playlists between your devices with iCloud
• Universal App
• Full retina display support
• Search in all views to find that podcast or episode you are looking for
• Play audio in the background
• Custom playlists with filtering options by podcast, episodes and more.
• Support for continuous playback (toggle it on now playing screen just below time elapsed).
• All device orientations supported with configurable option in the settings
• You can unsubscribe to podcasts and still have them on your device. Use that for those less than stellar podcasts!
• Full VoiceOver support

PLAYBACK
• Variable playback speed 0.75x, 1x, 1.25x, 1.5x, 2x
• Playback speed remembered per podcast
• Support for podcasts with chapters and chapter images (MP3 and M4A)
• Use your headset controls including Bluetooth car controls (when paired) to play/pause, jump forward or back 30 seconds
• Sleep timer
• Beautifully rendered show notes
• Onscreen controls for jumping ahead 30 seconds, or jump back 30.
• Gesture Support on the now playing screen (when the podcast logo is showing) to aid in hands free use
• Double-tap to play/pause
• Swipe up to toggle playback speed
• Swipe left/right to rewind/fast-forward
• Home of the L gesture for the 2 minute Leo jump.
• See Settings and Gestures for more and for customizing rewind/fast-forward gestures
• Support for AirPlay, watch or listen to those podcasts on your big screen
• Support for external display of videos for devices that support an external display (get the Apple HDMI adapter)
• Watch or listen to your favorite podcasts with a familiar layout
• Customizable options like Auto-Play on connect to start playing the last playing podcast when you plug your headphones in (some restrictions, settings,
playback, general).

FIND NEW PODCASTS QUICK
• Find your podcasts by title, keyword or by author
• Browse the top podcasts by category
• Manually add podcasts with a URL
• Support for Password Protected feeds
• Option to download a single episode
• Browse the web in the app to find podcasts to add. Browser will prompt if you tap a link that is podcast feed.
• Import Podcast subscriptions for episodes that are already in your device from iTunes
• Import your OPML file from iTunes or other iOS podcast app
• Import media by using iTunes File Sharing feature
• Add your existing audiobooks (non-password protected ones) using iTunes File Sharing feature
• Add previously downloaded podcasts from your computer using iTunes file sharing feature (see settings and import media for details).

MORE
• Completely customizable to meet your podcasts needs.
• Swipe across a podcast or episode to access additional options
• Podcast settings allow you to set the days the podcast typically comes out or the number of days between.
• Specify the number of episodes to download when new ones are available
• Share the podcast information via email with your friends
• Post to Twitter or Facebook from the now playing screen

CONTACT
Email: tap Help tab and tap Email Support
Twitter: @Joeisanerd

PLEASE NOTE: The app does NOT sync with iTunes. Like other podcast apps it is standalone app meant to subscribe and download on the device.

* If a feed doesn't work, then let me know so I can take a look at it

Requires iOS 8 or higher.

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What's New in Version 2.7.4

Please take a moment to update your app store review. Without those reviews users won’t notice the app. So if you feel I add value, then please update
your review. Thank you to all of those that continue to update their reviews.

Now what changed
▷Bug fixes for some crashes that could occur during refreshes
▷Updated Add Episodes view when adding episodes to a playlist. You now have the option to see just the episodes you have added, any playable episodes,
any new episodes as well as played episodes. You can have episodes that won't show in the playlist because of over options set for that playlist.
▷New option (on by default) so that if there is no episode loaded, but you have a playlist selected and you press the play button on your headphones or
on the iOS playback controls (swipe up on screen), then it will start playing the first episode in the list. This assumes that iCatcher was the last app
playing audio.
▷New Repeat Episodes option added to the sleep timer. When enabled the episode will repeat if it finishes prior to the sleep timer expiring.

See whats new under help to see other recent updates

Submitted by TJT 2001 on Saturday, January 2, 2016

How does this app compare with other podcast apps such as Apple Podcasts, Downcast or Overcast?

Submitted by DPinWI on Saturday, January 2, 2016

The current app description states iCatcher has Watch support. i do not have a watch to test this.

Perhaps someone with a watch could test it so the entry can be updated.

Submitted by The podcast junky on Thursday, May 5, 2016

Dow do you know if an episode is streaming? When I marked an episode for streaming, and when VoiceOver read the episode information, there was no information about the episode being marked for streaming.

Submitted by DPinWI on Thursday, May 5, 2016

I don't usually stream, and download instead. However, I think there is a way to tell.

In the settings, I seem to recall an option to show file size. If you turn that on, perhaps it will be zero for the streams, and of some non zero size for downloaded episodes.

If that doesn't work, drop Joe a note and if possible, I bet he will add it.

Submitted by The podcast junky on Friday, May 6, 2016

Thank you, I'll look into that.

Submitted by The podcast junky on Friday, May 6, 2016

Do you think that this app has stopped being updated? It hasn't been updated since last year.

Submitted by DPinWI on Saturday, May 7, 2016

I did not realize it had been that long. I use it as my podcatcher, and really like it. I don't know of any significant problems with it that are pending fixes, so I wasn't tracking updates closely.

Submitted by The podcast junky on Sunday, May 8, 2016

How do you see how long it has been since the last refresh? The app only shows the time until the next refresh.

Submitted by The podcast junky on Sunday, May 8, 2016

I tried the suggested method of streaming, and the size stayed the same. Is there any way to fix this, or is there another way.

Submitted by DPinWI on Sunday, May 8, 2016

Assuming you have set the app to refresh at one of the available duration's, like 1, 2, or some other hours, I suppose you could readily calculate the time since a refresh by looking at the time of the next refresh and doing some simple math.

I only ever download, and never stream. I don't have unlimited data, so I download podcasts on WiFi so I don't have an answer about this.

I have always had quick assistance from the developer. I suggest you direct your questions to him.

Submitted by The podcast junky on Sunday, May 8, 2016

I just sent an e-mail to the developer.

Submitted by The podcast junky on Monday, May 9, 2016

I received a very friendly response from the developers. It looks like an update is coming. Also, I told the developer about the streaming issue with VoiceOver.

Submitted by DPinWI on Monday, May 9, 2016

I'm glad you had a positive response. I have nothing but good things to say about the app, and the developer. I'm looking forward to the new update to see what other tweaks may be in store.

Submitted by The podcast junky on Monday, May 9, 2016

I couldn&#039;t agree more about the update. I might ask the developer to see what new features are coming.

Submitted by The podcast junky on Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Did you know that you can preview 1 minute of an episode. When you are in the feed detail screen, after you double tap on the name of an episode that is displayed, after the show notes option, there will be an option to preview 1 minute of the episode. This is handy because you can know what that podcast feed is like.

Submitted by DPinWI on Wednesday, May 11, 2016

I am a bit of a podcast junkie myself, and I am also an audio quality snob. If a podcast piques my interest, I will preview it to see if it's something i can listen to. Some feeds with great content sound awful to my ears, and I pass on them.

Submitted by DPinWI on Thursday, January 19, 2017

As a long time, daily user of this app, I was surprised to see it listed as having accessibility issues.

I do not know of even one unlabelled button, and the developer is quick to respond to any suggestions or concerns.

I know DownCast is the big boy in this field, but iCatcher, in my mind, is the class of the field.

Submitted by DPinWI on Monday, March 20, 2017

What's New in Version 2.9.3
▷New night mode theme (Cool Gray)
▷Too many downloads warning message behavior changed. New setting under download options for Max Download Queue Amount. If there are more episodes to download
in the download queue than that number, then it won't auto start the downloads. The warn setting will now prompt you if you attempt to manually start the
downloads and it is over that max number.
▷Connectivity bug fix
▷Bug fix for the playback error message
▷Mark as played bug fix when marking multiple items as played. It wasn't deleting the downloaded media.
▷Minor bug fixes to the Apple Watch app
▷Other Bug fixes

See whats new under help to see other recent updates

Submitted by DPinWI on Monday, March 20, 2017

I believe this app should be rated as fully accessible. I have used it for years now, and i know of no issues with Voice Over.

It is mature, frequently updated, and the developer is responsive to requests and issues.

Submitted by DJ on Friday, February 22, 2019

Recently downloaded ICatcher as I was looking for an alternative to Apple's native podcast app and I can say it is well worth £2.99.

Highly recommended!