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Our Rating: ★★★☆☆ :: CLOSE, BUT NO CIGAR :: Read Our Full Review >>

Castro is an elegant-looking podcast app, but does it have what it takes to dethrone de facto standards like Downcast and Instacast?

What's New

* Adds Italian localisation.
* Fixes a crash when completing background downloads.
* Fixes a crash in feed updating code.
* Fixes an issue where the feed update progress bar could get stuck.
* Fixes an issue where episodes could get added to the wrong podcast, or a podcast could get duplicated.

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App Description

"Podcasting apps are so tough to get right. I’ve tried them all, and Castro fits perfectly with the way I like to manage and listen."
— Dan Benjamin, Founder of 5by5

Castro is a revolutionary podcast client that's smart, focused, and designed exclusively for iOS 7.

Highlights:

* Gesture-based interface that puts content front and center.
* Episodes timeline makes it easy to find the latest episodes of all your podcasts.
* Continuous play option to automatically play the next episode.
* Voice-optimized playback speed algorithm makes podcasts sound incredibly good when played at fast or slow speeds. No other podcast app sounds this good.
* Full screen themes make podcasts look as good as they sound.
* Innovative player controls, optimized for podcast listening.
* Takes advantage of iOS 7's background features to keep your podcasts fully updated, even when you're not in the app.
* Automatically downloads new episodes as they are published.
* Instant, clear, notifications when new episodes come out.
* Turn on News Mode to keep only the most recent episode of frequently updated podcasts.
* Exceptionally fast search.
* Simple, well thought out settings.
* Easy to manage cellular data usage.
* Sleep timer for listening in bed. Still awake when the episode pauses? Just tap play again on the lock screen or headphone remote to extend the sleep timer.
* Intelligent storage management — you set the size limit and Castro will delete old episodes as necessary to keep within it.
* Supports streaming and offline playback.
* Ability to play episodes without subscribing to the podcast.
* We keep Castro updated regularly, fixing any bugs you report and adding new features.

App Screen Shots

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App Changes

June 29, 2014 New version 1.1.2
February 19, 2014 New version 1.0.7
January 29, 2014 New version 1.0.6
January 25, 2014 New version 1.0.5
January 05, 2014 New version 1.0.3
December 16, 2013 New version 1.0.1
November 30, -0001 Initial Release