The 10 Best Podcasts Apps For Android Users

Find the right podcast app for your listening pleasure

Teenage girl and boy listening music from smart phone while showing to friends in city
They're smiling because they're using a new podcast player. Maskot / Getty Images

There are thousands of podcasts on a myriad of topics and multitudes of ways to listen to them. Android users have a lot of options to tune in on their smartphones. To choose the right one depends on the topics you're interested in, the features you need (such as playback speed controls), and the other types of audio content you enjoy. We've compiled the ten best podcast apps for Android users including those with live and on-demand radio, audiobooks, expert curation, and loads of podcasts that you can listen to whether you're online or off. 

Android screenshots of Podcast Addict app showing list of podcasts
Podcast Addict offers multiple themes and lots of controls.

Podcast Addict is for audio enthusiasts who love not just podcasts, but radio, audiobooks, video, music, and tracking RSS news feeds.

What We Like

  • Playlists can be filtered by type, such as episodes in progress.
  • The interface is customizable; three themes available.

What We Don't Like

  • Making playlists isn't straightforward.
PC screenshot of Pocket Casts app showing list of podcasts
The sleep timer lets you use podcasts as bedtime stories.

If you want to manage all aspects of playback, Pocket Casts offers an array of controls, including speed controls, trim silence (remove dead space between episodes), and volume boost (increase the podcast volume without upping the phone's overall sound). 

What We Like

  • Lots of controls for audio and video settings.
  • Can filter episodes by download status, release date, favorites, and more.
  • A sleep timer lets you listen to podcasts as you drift off​.

What We Don't Like

  • The app costs $4, and there's no free trial.
PC screenshot of Castbox app showing list of podcasts
Castbox has audiobooks and on-demand radio in addition to podcasts.

Castbox offers engaging stories in a few forms: podcasts, on-demand radio, and audiobooks. The app provides suggestions on new content to listen to and allows for downloading content to playback offline.

What We Like

  • Loads of content and an uncluttered interface.
  • Easy to discover new shows and audiobooks.

What We Don't Like

  • The app might slow down your phone or delete content after updating, according to many Google Play store reviews.
Android screenshots of Player FM app showing list of podcasts
Player FM has excellent content curation.

Player FM has hundreds of curated and themed lists of podcasts that users can follow to get content related to their interests. It also has features such as playlists, favorites, and a play later option that automatically downloads selected episodes when you connect to Wi-Fi.

What We Like

  • Subscription feature makes finding new podcasts and episodes easy.
  • The app's recommendations are well-targeted.

What We Don't Like

  • Continuous play gets in the way of bingeing on a podcast​ since it cycles through new episodes from all of your favorite shows.
PC screenshot of Stitcher app showing list of podcasts
The free version of Stitcher has lots of features.

Stitcher is like a lot of the podcast apps on this list, but it also specializes in exclusive and original content. For example, Marvel's Wolverine: The Long Night is available only on Stitcher Premium ($4.99 monthly or $2.92 per month billed annually). Premium plans also give you Stitcher's original content and hundreds of comedy albums.

What We Like

  • You don't need a premium account to manage your favorite podcasts, create playlists, and get recommendations.

What We Don't Like

  • The month-to-month premium account is pricey (about $60 per year).
  • It's hard to get podcast episodes to play sequentially.
PC screenshot of Spotify app showing list of podcasts
Spotify has podcasts about all sorts of topics, not just music.

While Spotify is mainly considered a music app, it has a library of podcasts dedicated to many subjects including comedy, storytelling, news, entertainment, and more.

What We Like

  • Convenient to have one app for tunes and podcasts.

What We Don't Like

  • The app doesn't carry many well-known podcasts that are available on other platforms.
PC screenshot of RadioPublic app showing list of podcasts
RadioPublic helps indie artists get paid.

Founded in part by PRX (public radio exchange), a media company that distributes public radio programming (among other things), such as This American Life, RadioPublic promotes podcasts and generates revenue for creators. Podcasters retain rights to their shows and can get paid when you tune in.

What We Like

  • No login necessary.
  • Promotes small-scale podcasts that may otherwise not get attention.

What We Don't Like

  • Your favorite podcasts may not be available on the app.

 

PC screenshot of TuneIn app showing list of podcasts
TuneIn is great for sports fans.

TuneIn, in addition to podcasts, also has an array of radio stations, and a premium account gives you play-by-play coverage of live sports.

What We Like

  • Offers both streaming radio and podcasts and a slew of sports content.

What We Don't Like

  • Only podcasts can be listened to when offline.
PC screenshot of SoundCloud app showing list of podcasts
SoundCloud offers lots of music-themed podcasts dedicated to all different genres.

SoundCloud is best known for music streaming, but it also hosts podcasts, many of which are about music.

What We Like

  • Perfect platform for analyzing the music you enjoy, and discovering new artists.

What We Don't Like

  • No podcasts about topics other than music.
PC screenshot of DaggCatcher website with video playing on a smarphone
Doggcatcher lets you import feeds from many sources.

DoggCatcher has all sorts of advanced features including auto-cleanup for imported audio, variable playback speeds, and lots of customization.

What We Like

  • Can password-protect feeds.
  • Has an array of tools for audio enthusiasts.
  • Can import feeds from a variety of sources.

What We Don't Like

  • Only a paid option ($2.99) and no free trial.