Castro for iPhone gets URL subscriptions for your festive podcast feasting

When Castro for iPhone first launched a couple of weeks ago, we found it to be largely impressive but there were a few bits and pieces missing that folks wanted from a podcast client. Sneaking out of the App Store just in time for Christmas is the latest update which boasts a pretty extensive changelog, with one of the better looking items being support for subscribing to a podcast from a URL. Here's what else is new:

  • You can subscribe to podcast from URL copied to clipboard.
  • You can manually download episodes using mobile data even if you have it turned off to automatic downloads.
  • Adds larger cache size options. See Castro settings in the Settings app.
  • Adds setting to disable sound effects.
  • Fixes bug that could cause data loss if you tried to play an episode from the lock screen after a device restart.
  • Enables pull to refresh on Episodes tab even when no episodes are showing.
  • Uses search result artwork if podcast feed is missing artwork.
  • Original podcast art on the lock screen.
  • Fixes a layout bug when tapping into a podcast from search results.
  • Fixes bug where download notifications weren't getting sent sometimes.
  • Fixes bug where downloads found when on mobile data weren't getting downloaded when back on Wifi.

The URL subscription method in particular was something a lot of you wanted before being able to give Castro a try, and a hat tip to the developers for getting it added so quickly. The rest of the new stuff all adds up to make an already great app just a little bit better. It's still available for the special launch price of $2.99 right now, so if you pick it up for some festive podcast listening, let us know what you think of it.

Richard Devine

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  • Love the update. Now I have all my podcasts in the app!
  • I never listen to podcasts, but surely this might make me jump on the boat.
  • The ability to subscribe to custom podcast feeds is the biggest thing that I missed in the original release. I'd love the ability to set custom skip intervals, but the custom podcasts addition is enough for me to switch full time to Castro.
  • Nice update, I wish they would make universal Apps that works on all my devices. This would be more appealing. I like my devices to offer me the same experience and the same feel. Sent from the iMore App
  • Is this any better than Downcast? I love Downcasts playlist and continuous play options. Sent from the iMore App
  • Btw, what's up with the name? We're they intentionally trying to alienate all Cubans? Sent from the iMore App