Zcasts

Zcasts


Zcasts is a free, ad-supported pod-catcher that aggregates RSS podcast feeds and allows the user to browse and add (subscribe) to them through your mobile device. The episodes can be downloaded or streamed on the device. The goal is to create a simplified and intuitive pod-catcher. There is an option to remove ads as well as incorporate future premium features for $0.99.

Features:
Discover new podcasts
1. Search the large and continuously updated Zcasts database by keywords
2. Manually Enter a feed URL. The app will detect if its a valid podcast.
3. Browse the Zcasts database by category or most recently added
4. View some of the most popular podcast networks on the internet.

* Create playlists of downloaded episodes
* Download individual episodes and mange them in the Download Manager. Partial Downloads may be resumed at a later time
* Set up an automatic update interval so the freshest podcasts will always be available
* Stream or play audio/video podcasts
* Manage the read/unread status of episodes
* Easily share podcast feeds or individual episodes with friends.

Explanation of Permissions:
FULL INTERNET ACCESS - Needed to access the Podcast database and subscribe to feeds

MODIFY/DELETE USB STORAGE CONTENTS MODIFY/DELETE SD CARD CONTENTS - Needed to store the app on the SD card. Also needed to read/write podcast files on the SD card.

VIEW NETWORK STATE - This is necessary because the app checks whether you are connected to a network before attempting to download or stream a podcast.

READ PHONE STATE - Used to stop the audio when a call arrives.

VIEW NETWORK STATE - Used for streaming/downloading

AUTOMATICALLY START AT BOOT - only used to reset the scheduled refresh when rebooting.

BILLING - Needed for future In app purchases

Developer - Julian Currie
Google+ : +JulianCurrie
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/zombiedevelopment
Twitter: @MaxZombies

Recent changes:
2.87
- Added an option to remove ads from within the app using In-app billing. The pro version of the app will be deprecated.
- Fixed: album art wouldn't size correctly in the media player on tablets in landscape mode

2.85

Podcast feeds, downloaded episodes, and playlists can now be swiped away from the lists
Improved performance when searching for new podcasts
Added number of returned results to the action bar when searching
Audio Player: tap on album art to display complete title
Bug fixes
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Free
78
3.9
User ratings
21
Installs
500+
Concerns
1
File size
3704 kb
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About Zcasts
Zcasts is a free, ad-supported pod-catcher that aggregates RSS podcast feeds and allows the user to browse and add (subscribe) to them through your mobile device. The episodes can be downloaded or streamed on the device. The goal is to create a simplified and intuitive pod-catcher. There is an option to remove ads as well as incorporate future premium features for $0.99.

Features:
Discover new podcasts
1. Search the large and continuously updated Zcasts database by keywords
2. Manually Enter a feed URL. The app will detect if its a valid podcast.
3. Browse the Zcasts database by category or most recently added
4. View some of the most popular podcast networks on the internet.

* Create playlists of downloaded episodes
* Download individual episodes and mange them in the Download Manager. Partial Downloads may be resumed at a later time
* Set up an automatic update interval so the freshest podcasts will always be available
* Stream or play audio/video podcasts
* Manage the read/unread status of episodes
* Easily share podcast feeds or individual episodes with friends.

Explanation of Permissions:
FULL INTERNET ACCESS - Needed to access the Podcast database and subscribe to feeds

MODIFY/DELETE USB STORAGE CONTENTS MODIFY/DELETE SD CARD CONTENTS - Needed to store the app on the SD card. Also needed to read/write podcast files on the SD card.

VIEW NETWORK STATE - This is necessary because the app checks whether you are connected to a network before attempting to download or stream a podcast.

READ PHONE STATE - Used to stop the audio when a call arrives.

VIEW NETWORK STATE - Used for streaming/downloading

AUTOMATICALLY START AT BOOT - only used to reset the scheduled refresh when rebooting.

BILLING - Needed for future In app purchases

Developer - Julian Currie
Google+ : +JulianCurrie
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/zombiedevelopment
Twitter: @MaxZombies

Recent changes:
2.87
- Added an option to remove ads from within the app using In-app billing. The pro version of the app will be deprecated.
- Fixed: album art wouldn't size correctly in the media player on tablets in landscape mode

2.85

Podcast feeds, downloaded episodes, and playlists can now be swiped away from the lists
Improved performance when searching for new podcasts
Added number of returned results to the action bar when searching
Audio Player: tap on album art to display complete title
Bug fixes

User reviews of Zcasts
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Android Market Comments
A Google User
Jan 27, 2014
Pretty solid Remove duplication from episode lists and this is a five star app.
A Google User
Nov 20, 2012
Works, but buggy The app crashes frequently when trying to update feeds. When it does manage to update feeds, it works well.
A Google User
Nov 20, 2012
Works, but buggy The app crashes frequently when trying to update feeds. When it does manage to update feeds, it works well.
A Google User
Oct 29, 2012
No option to Mark as read Missing an obvious necessary feature: Mark as read. Search option could not find my podcasts, but manual entry (without http://) of the feed address works fine. It would be great to have custom playlist creation. Sort order option is useless. Instead of sorting the most recent episode by oldest first, it pulls the oldest episodes from the feed.
A Google User
May 20, 2012
Nope It wouldn't find any of my podcasts, and even when I put in the feedburner URL it would tell me I was using an invalid URL.