One of the biggest advantages the iPhone has over Android is its seamless out-of-the-box podcast integration. However, with BeyondPod, Android users can have a podcast app that is even better. Not only can you easily add podcasts to it, it is integrated with Google Reader, so you can easily import your Reader subscriptions to it as well. You can schedule podcast downloads to occur at a specific time, you can download podcasts over Wi-Fi or 3G, and BeyondPod will even do this nifty trick where it knows to automatically turn Wi-Fi on, update your feeds, and then turn the Wi-Fi back off.
The player itself is pretty smart too. It can be set to automatically delete podcasts to save space, and there's even a "commercial skip" feature that lets you zip past content you don't want to listen to. BeyondPod also has a Smart Playlist feature that generates playlists based on your listening preferences. You can also organize your podcasts into different categories, import local files like music or audiobooks, and of course you can add your own feeds if you like. I also like the Sleep feature, which automatically turns the podcast off after a set amount of time, so you can doze off to your favorite show.
The downside is that the app isn't free--it's about $6.99 for the full unlocked version. You can try the trial version out for 7 days, however, to see if you like it. And for all of its features, you'll see that the $6.99 is well worth it.
Price: Free for seven days; $6.99 for the full version
July 21, 2011 3:55 AM PDT
| Caption by: Nicole Lee
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