Castro Podcasts App Gets Rebuilt Player Engine, Cleaner Layout, Apple Watch App, More

Castro Podcasts App Gets Rebuilt Player Engine, Cleaner Layout, Apple Watch App, More

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The Castro Podcasts app has been updated to version 3.0 bringing a rebuilt player engine, cleaner layout, easy access to AirPlay controls, a new Apple Watch app, and more.

Castro lets you track lots of podcasts at once without getting overwhelmed.

Here’s how it works:
1) Newly published episodes land in the INBOX. Read the descriptions, queue the good ones and archive the rest.

2) The QUEUE is a central playlist where you organize your next few hours of listening. Queued episodes are automatically downloaded.

3) Press Play. Castro plays your queue in order from top to bottom. Reorder or archive queued episodes anytime.

4) In the ARCHIVE you can find the back catalogue of all shows you subscribe to, browse your listening history, and easily access your starred episodes

Features:
* Drag and drop support helps you triage and reorder your queue.
* Castro sports an elegant dark mode (requires Castro Plus) and well-thought out sleep timer, offering the best in night time podcast listening.
* Our servers constantly scan for new episodes across every podcast, so your phone doesn’t have to, saving battery life and data usage.
* Queued episodes are automatically downloaded, so you can focus on deciding what you want to hear and let Castro manage the details.
* Beautifully rendered full screen show notes.
* Episode notifications include a short summary of the episode to help you decide if it interests you. You can play, queue or archive the episode directly from the notification without opening the app.
* CarPlay support.
* Watch app to control playback and select another episode from your queue.
* Full play history.
* Star episodes to easily find your favorite episodes later.

Castro Plus
Castro Plus is an optional subscription to unlock a range of advanced features. There are quarterly and yearly payment options, and both include a one week trial.
+ Trim Silence — With this option on, the app will analyze audio as it plays to detect silent parts and accelerate those parts. Get through more episodes faster.
+ Enhance Voices improves the listening experience for many podcasts and makes it easier to hear in loud environments. Under the hood, Enhance Voices applies a dynamic compressor and a peak limiter to increase volume just where it’s needed.
+ Mono-Mix — Mixes a stereo podcast to mono, which makes it easier to hear podcasts that pan some guests on left/right channels.
+ Chapter skipping and selection.
+ Chapter and episode artwork.
+ Episode Limit lets users specify what number of episodes of each podcast to keep.
+ Set a start position for episodes of each podcast.
+ Customize settings per-podcast: Episode Limit, Trim Silence, Enhance Voices, Mono Mix, Skip Intros, Playback Speed.

Castro Plus costs $8.99 per year or $2.99 per quarter.

Castro Podcasts App Gets Rebuilt Player Engine, Cleaner Layout, Apple Watch App, MoreCastro Podcasts App Gets Rebuilt Player Engine, Cleaner Layout, Apple Watch App, More


What's New In This Version:
* We rebuilt the player engine from scratch. The app is much faster to start playing when streaming and the controls are much more responsive.
* The player screen has a new cleaner, simpler layout.
* Star the current episode from the player by double tapping the artwork.
* Easily access AirPlay controls from the player screen.
* Use the new Apple Watch App to control playback and choose new episodes from the queue to play.
* Castro 3 is a free app, but everyone who paid for Castro 2 continues to have access to Enhance Voices and Night Mode forever.

Castro Plus Features
“Castro Plus” is an optional subscription to unlock a range of advanced player features. There are quarterly and yearly options, and both include a one week trial.
+ Trim Silence — With this option on, the app will analyze audio as it plays to detect silent parts and accelerate those parts. This means listeners can get through more episodes faster.
+ Mono-Mix — Mixes a stereo podcast to mono, which makes it easier to hear podcasts that pan some guests on left/right channels.
+ Chapter skipping and selection (in episodes that include chapters).
+ Shows Chapter and Episode Artwork (in episodes that include them).
+ Episode Limit lets users specify what number of episodes of each podcast to keep — I use this with The Daily so that I can auto-queue and keep the most recent one without getting overwhelmed if I don’t listen for a few days in a row.
+ Set a start position for episodes of each podcast; this is useful for skipping intros / promos at the starts of episodes on podcasts that use them regularly.
+ Customize player settings per-podcast: Episode Limit, Trim Silences, Enhance Voices, Mono Mix, Skip Intros, Playback Speed

You can download Castro Podcasts from the App Store for free.

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Castro Podcasts App Gets Rebuilt Player Engine, Cleaner Layout, Apple Watch App, MoreCastro Podcasts App Gets Rebuilt Player Engine, Cleaner Layout, Apple Watch App, More

Castro Podcasts App Gets Rebuilt Player Engine, Cleaner Layout, Apple Watch App, More

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