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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

* Clearer skip buttons. Buttons now show how many seconds tapping them will skip. You can change the skip duration in settings. Tap the top left icon on the main screen and scroll down to player settings.
* Fixes bug where episodes with identical timestamps as previous one were not getting marked as new.
* Fixes bug where export url scheme didn't work when settings was open.
* Fixes bug where invalid downloads would still be saved.
* Now supports upside down device orientation.
* No more Helvetica in action sheets.
* Adjustments to border styles based on suggestions in Jared Sinclair's "Friday App Review".

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App Description

"This app is great. It’s a new entrant into the iOS podcasting space, but it shouldn’t be seen that way. It’s a very functional app in a visually impressive package." - Benjamin Mayo, 9to5mac
"Personally speaking, I've found my new podcast app of choice." - Richard Devine, iMore
"Castro's a fantastic podcast app that's worth a look." - Lifehacker
"Podcast clients continue to be a modern UI design playground for an evolving medium, and Castro 1.1 – available at $3.99 on the App Store – is a solid exponent in this field." - Federico Viticci, Mac Stories
"New podcast listening app for iPhone, with an elegant, simple iOS 7 interface. I don’t recall ever seeing a playback/scrubbing interface quite like Castro’s, and it’s really good." - John Gruber, Daring Fireball
"Nice app." - Jim Dalrymple

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

September 04, 2014 New version 1.1.4
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
November 30, -0001 Initial Release