Instacast 4 brings updated design, goes iOS 7-only

Instacast has been updated to version 4.0, going iOS 7-only with a new look and some new features. First and foremost, Instacast has a new, iOS 7-inspired look. The new podcast player has been designed to give for faster access to controls like AirPlay, playback speed, and the sleep timer. Additionally, the controls change to match the colors of the podcast art. There is also a Now Playing bar at the bottom of the screen when away from the playback window so you can easily see what episode is playing no matter where you are in the app.

Navigation has also seen a significant change over Instacast 3. Rather than three buttons to switch between Subscriptions, Lists, and Bookmark, all three can now be found in sidebar. Either swipe to the right from the left edge of the screen, or hit the hamburger button to reveal the menu. Here you will also find the podcast directory, a list of podcasts currently downloading, settings, and the new Up Next section. Up Next comes over from Instacast for Mac, and allows you to queue podcasts episodes to be played in succession. Once added to Up Next, you can drag episodes up and down, chaging the order whenever you choose.

The episode list has been redesigned. It's harder to accidentally start playing an episode, as tapping on the episode itself takes you to the show notes, while tapping the play button will, unsurprisingly, being playback. From the show page, you can play the episode, download or delete the podcast file, share the episode, or mark as played. In the episode list, tapping the button in the bottom right corner will allow you to select multiple episodes to mark or delete, download, or control playback, either setting episodes to be played now, next, or added to Up Next. Instacast can also now download episodes in the background with no time limit. You can even set the app to notify you only when an episode has been downloaded and is ready to play, rather than just when it is available.

Instacast 4 is available as a free update to existing Instacast users, while new users will need to pay $4.99.

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