Podcasts: 2015 edition

Listening to podcasts is one of the pleasures of my life. They entertain me. They teach me things I didn’t know. They make me forget about my long daily commute to work – a 45-minute car journey across Hamburg (I honestly don’t know how I would have survived so many traffic jams without some decent podcasts). Sometimes I also enjoy podcasts in the evening, when my eyes feel tired from staring at computer screens all day long. In short, podcasts are a wonderful invention worth writing about.

The ultimate podcast player

I used to get my daily dose of podcasts using an iPod and iTunes. I’ve never liked iTunes; it’s way too clumsy. I also didn’t like the fact that I had to plug in a USB cable every time I wanted to sync new podcasts to my iPod.

When I got an iPhone, I started to look for alternatives, hoping that there must be a better way to listen to podcasts. If I recall correctly, it was a tweet by Patrick McKenzie that got me interested in one particular podcast player – an iOS app called Overcast.

Overcast was single-handedly developed by Marco Arment. It took him 15 months of full-time work – over a year of concentrated effort – before launching the app in July 2014. Now Overcast is paying his bills.

It didn’t take long before Overcast became my favorite podcast player. Besides being just beautiful and simple to use, the app provides three great features that make a big difference for me:

That being said, I highly recommend Overcast. It has changed the way I listen to podcasts.

My favorite podcasts

What would the best podcast player be without some terrific podcasts? Of course, the correct answer is: nothing. Here’s a list of what I’m listening to these days.

Image credits: Macworld