Welcome to Tap That App, I�m Antuan Goodwin and this is the show where we talk
about the hottest apps in the mobile space.
These days, I spend more time listening to podcasts than I do listening to music�
there are so many
good shows about cars, technology, and Android� (wink)
Now, iPhone users have got it easy, podcast management is built into iTunes, but
Google has left its
podcast loving Android users out in to cold without a native podcast subscription
there are a few good podcatching apps available in the Android market.
DoggCatcher puts your favorite audio and video podcasts at your fingertips with a
set of options that
allow users to be as basic or as complex and granular as they�d like to be. If you just
to download the newest episode of every subscribed show, it can handle that. If you
want to set
autodownloader options on a per-show basis, DoggCatcher can do that too. If you
only want to
download podcasts when your phone is plugged in and on WiFi, you�re good to go.
This app also allows
resumed playback so you can pick up your shows where you left off.
BeyondPod offers just about all of the functionality to DoggCatcher, but adds the
ability to separate
podcasts into categories, so you can keep your comedy podcasts separate from your
podcasts. Categories these categories come into play with a cool feature called
SmartPlay, that lets a
user micromanage what feeds get added to the playlist and in what order. So if you
like to start your day
with the newest news show, then listen to 3 comedy podcasts, and finish up with the
oldest episode of
your favorite internet radio drama, BeyondPod will accommodate.
BeyondPod also offers a tablet optimized version for Honeycomb users.
Both DoggCatcher and BeyondPod are going to cost you about $7 each. However,
BeyondPod is free for
the first seven-days for those who like to try before they buy. I think that either of
these apps is worth
every penny if you subscribe to a bunch of audio or video podcasts. The app that�ll
be best for you will
depend on which interface you like the best.
Whichever podcast manager you choose, be sure to fill it up with CNET podcasts
which you can
find over at CNET.com/podcasts and if you�ve got an app that you�d like to see us
tap, send it to
TapThatApp@cnet.com. I�m Antuan Goodwin and if you�ll excuse me, I�ve gotta tune
into the latest
episode of� Tap that App� weird.