Overcast does seem to have less lag in Airplay starting and stopping (unsure if an AirPlay 2 advantage.) On the other hand, Castro has mix to mono which makes a couple of otherwise great podcasts tolerable listens.
Thanks for that! I really appreciate the comparison.There are definitely very similar. Overcast has a little more clarity in the vocal range that I appreciate, as it makes voices easier to follow when sped up.
With that said, I think the gap has closed since I last checked them out and a better UI might be worth a switch.
@geoffaire I disagree. I prefer the change. I have never used the Add to Playlist Button, but have always wanted a Mark as Played button. I prefer having the Mark as Played button readily accessible and am fine with Add to Playlist being buried under the “more” button. Of course, not everyone will agree, but it would seem that Marco believes that most users fall on my side of that. By-the-way, he did a writeup explaining his changes, where he states that the Mark as Played feature was “[b]y far, Overcast’s most-requested feature.”
I read the writeup, in the end it’s Marco’s product and he can do as he wishes. I can also choose which podcast player to use and who to give my money to. I was a very happy customer since day one. I scrutinise all of my subscriptions as they’re due to renew, and Overcast was never even a thought to stop but as of this week I’m an unhappy customer.
Each to their own and I’m happy you’re happy. What Marco obviously never considered is that people don’t request features that are already there, how many people are happy with the new arrangement v how many are now pissed off that a feature they use a lot has been hidden away and/or that they regularly mark things as read that they didn’t want to. I would have preferred him to add Mark as Played under a right swipe or offered the player the option to delete or mark as played under the left swipe while not altering what was there. After listening to Marco since Build and Analyze, I don’t think he’ll walk back this change even if he were to think he’d made the wrong choice.
I’ve downloaded a few different Podcast players and have cancelled my subscription renewal to Overcast. A piece of software shouldn’t make me this infuriated, especially not when I use it multiple times every single day for 8 years. But ho hum.
Have you tried setting Settings > Delete to after 24 hours? That’s what I have and if I accidentally tap on Mark as Played, I can undo it with another tap of that button (no need to redownload). With 24 hours, you should have lots of time to catch and fix the mistake. And the “played” episodes are deleted after 24 hours, so you’re not filling up your phone with too many played episodes.
By the way, I have always had that setting configured that way, so it never even occurred to me this could be an issue. However, after thinking about it, I see how that could be annoying for someone who has it set to “When Completed”. I can see an argument for not having Mark as Played be so easily altered when set to “When Complated.” The swipe right option makes much more sense there. Unfortunately, Marco seems to have implemented both ways (swipe and tap button) without any customization options.
I find that triaging works well in Overcast, particularly with the new Recent area on the app homescreen. I just accept that an individual episode can live in multiple playlists, including the “All Episodes” playlist and, if I add an episode to the Queue manually, that playlist too.
It’s my perception that Overcast audio is better, particularly when listening to podcasts speeded up beyond 1.5x or so. But I haven’t done any kind of scientific study, and I have moderate tinnitus so my perception on this might be something other people should discount.
I like the new arrangement of the section below that. Unplayed is what I want to see 99% of the time. I like being able to get to “Active” and “Archive” with just a tap to find additional episodes when I’m out of content.