Apple has released a new free app – Podcasts for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch – which is a one-stop shop for all of your iOS podcast needs.
The company describes its new app as: “A way to discover, subscribe to and play your favorite podcasts. Explore hundreds of thousands of free audio and video podcasts from the Podcasts Catalog.” That ‘Catalog’ front end looks pretty much the same as the iTunes Store.
The app lets you browse for podcasts in the Audio and Video sections, and a Top Charts section lets you go straight to the most popular podcasts in a given topic.
You can subscribe to your favourite podcasts and automatically get updates when there are new releases, then organise your podcasts into a library.
Other features include being able to stream content or download it to listen offline, a sleep timer so you can listen while falling asleep, bookmarking, AirPlay support and sharing via Twitter, Messages and email.
Once you install Podcasts, it’ll move any existing audio podcasts out of Music and video podcasts out of the Videos app, and instead store them in Podcasts’ library.