I found out today that my podcast app of choice, Instacast, has been discontinued. It still works, for now, but I guess I should find a new app to use. I was actually thinking about trying a new app anyway, but had been too lazy to actually download and try anything.
I’ve been curious about Marco Arment’s Overcast, so I just downloaded that to my iPhone, and I’m going to give it a try. I’m seeing a few things about it that I already don’t like, but I’ll see if I can figure it out and get used to it. (There’s a good write-up on Overcast at The Sweet Setup.)
There were actually a number of things I didn’t like about Instacast when I first started using it, but over time I got used to it, and I think it worked pretty well for me, with a few little annoyances that continued to bother me.
Overcast made it very easy to set up an account, save the credentials for it to 1Password, and then import my subscriptions from Instacast, so that was quite nice. Once I had it set up, though, it marked all old podcast episodes as “played,” so it looks like I’m going to have to go in and manually download the stuff I hadn’t yet listened to in Instacast. I’m figuring out how to do that now.
I also recently signed up for Huffduffer, so I could easily download and listen to arbitrary episodes from podcasts I don’t regularly listen to. I’m thinking that might be easier to manage in Overcast than Instacast.
I think I’m going to try to start using Overcast tomorrow, during my morning commute. If it works well, I’ll delete Instacast and be done with it. If not, them maybe I’ll switch back to Instacast for a while until I can find something I like.