I decided to put on a podcast during my drive to work today. Before I left, I downloaded some app off Google Play Store. It let me search for podcasts, so I found one, but I ran into trouble immediately: the podcast I found has been around for 11 years, but there was no (easily discoverable) way to download any history that goes back more than 2 years.

But oh well. I pulled up the earliest episode I could, and said to play it before setting out. It pulled up a dialog asking if I wanted to play more episodes after this one ended, and I said yes. I was kind of wondering what it would do when it reached the end of the episode, as it had placed the oldest episode at the bottom of the list--would it go on to the next-oldest one, or wrap around and start with the newest?

Then I got to the end of the episode and found out that instead, it did... nothing at all. Being in the car, I couldn't find out why until I got to work, where I discovered that it had popped up some dialog about some inane thing that had nothing to do with anything. So I uninstalled it.

Does anyone have a recommendation that would actually work for in-car listening? Important points:

  • It needs to retrieve the entire history. (Bonus points for giving me an easy way to get at the end of a very long list. Infinite scrolling sucks.)
  • It needs to be able to play the entire history, in chronological order.
  • It needs to be able to continue from one episode to the next with no user input. If I have to take my hands off the wheel, or my eyes off the road, in order to get it to play the next episode, that's a deal-breaker. (Inserting brief advertisements between episodes is annoying, but not a deal-breaker.)
  • It needs to be able to remember where I am in the chronology, both when I get out of the car, and when I reboot the phone. (Bonus points if it can do the thing Google Play Music does, where when I turn off the car and shut down the Bluetooth connection, it detects this and automatically pauses playback, ready to continue when I get back in the car.)

(I've seen a few questions about podcast apps on here, and I looked at some of them. AFAICT this is not a duplicate, as they don't mention the specific features I'm looking for.)


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Pocket Cast

So, I've been using the IOS version of this app along with the web interface. I've used a few now but I needed something that could predownload the podcasts automatically and sync between all versions (ios, android, and the web interface).

This app should be perfect for what you're looking for. It meets your requirements of:

  • Continuous playback
  • It shows (and you can play) the podcast in Chronological order
  • Show the entire history (to my knowledge, I've never found a podcast that didn't)
  • It remembers and syncs automatically where you are. I can play a podcast in my car off my phone and stop, and pick up where I left off on my pc.

It has a lot more features and is in active development. I'm really cheap when it comes to apps and software, but this is the best money I've spent. No ads and you get the app for life.

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I would just do this a bit more manually but be in full control. Get an rss reader and subscribe to the podcasts feeds and download the mp3 files on your computer.

Download all the podcasts episodes you want in mp3 format. Use a browser to get the old ones. Then use a mp3 merge tool and create a single mp3 from those mp3 files and use an mp3 player on your phone to play the file. Then you have full control: rewind, fast forward, listen at a faster speed, pause and resume. You never have to worry about playing the next podcast manually. They are in the same file.

Just because you're listening to a podcast doesn't mean everything has to be done in a podcast app.

That's how I listen to my podcasts. Instead of a phone, I use an mp3 player. The Sansa Clip.

  • MP3 player apps don't save your position, though, since they are meant for music, not long speech recordings.
    – endolith
    Jun 7, 2022 at 20:59
  • @endolith Some apps support bookmarks, like PowerAmp. MP3 files are just audio files and the apps should not care what kind of audio it is or how the app is used. Just like many physical players support bookmarks. We are now in the era of audio books and podcasts which are becoming very common. Jun 9, 2022 at 2:07
  • "Bookmarks" doesn't sound like "save your current position automatically and return to it even after you've switched to a different book and back". Do you mean the same thing? The way we listen to music is different from the way we listen to long podcasts or audiobooks, and the software behaves different accordingly.
    – endolith
    Jun 9, 2022 at 14:50

I use podcast addict. There is a free version (add supported), and a reasonably priced "donate" version that removes the ads.

In the ad supported version, ads are on a very small and unobtrusive banner

It has a good feature set, with global and per podcast settings to control download limits etc

It meets all your needs as described - I will update with fuller description later


BeyondPod does everything you mention. It has kind of a learning curve because of the massive amount of options it has, but I, personally, think it's worth it.

There's a free version and a paid version. I got the paid version, but I don't remember why because it was several years ago.


If you don't mind going semi manual, which in this case doesn't answers the first point mention in the above, I usually do this by downloading the podcasts first. I've used the following apps in the past, but there are plenty:

  • Rythmbox (Ubuntu)
  • Winamp (windows)
  • iTunes (Mac)

Then copying them to my device, I then play it with Mortplayer Audio Book. Always has been a company for me on the way.

  • 1
    How do each of these apps fulfill each of the "important points" in the question?
    – Nicolas Raoul
    Jul 24, 2017 at 3:26
  • You're right, it doesn't fulfills the first point, but it does fulfills the others. That's why I add the downloading first. I'll edit my answer to clarify it a bit. Jul 24, 2017 at 4:15

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