I’ve tried a podcast app from a Swedish startup called Acast. Their idea is to be more comprehensive than its competitors by making an app that works for both listeners, podcast creators and advertisers.
I listen a lot to podcasts and uses an app for android that is sufficient but not the best app I’ve used. I’ve find it hard to find a good podcast app for android, and therefore I was very excited to try this new one out. There are two main things that are different when I compare them with other android apps I’ve used before. Firstly, the design looks better and it is very appealing to look at. Secondly, the app suggests podcasts to you that are related to the ones you already listen to. You can also see which podcasts are trending or what people nearby are listening to. One last thing is that it is easy to use on several platforms, which I’ve had not experienced with other applications I’ve tried.
The negative aspects of Acast is that it did not have all the podcasts I am listening to now, which was disappointing. Also, you cannot fast forward a few seconds without unlocking your phone, which is a feature I really appreciate with my current podcast app.
So to summarize, I think that Acast has a great potential to become a really good podcast app, for listeners at least. It would be interesting to hear from advertisers and podcast creators how they think, to see if they succeed to do a more comprehensive app. To improve, they should expand their content and make it possible to fast forward and rewind without going into the app itself.