Overcast 2.5 review: Patron-backed podcast app gets more efficient and adds exclusive features

The original Overcast locked its best features away. It added streaming and Handoff in 2.0, and adds patron features and better battery efficiency for all in 2.5.

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Patrons of the app can use their website account to upload audio files directly, such as for audiobooks, downloads, ripped audio, and test episodes of podcasts before they’re released. Files may be up 1GB and donors can store 2GB total. Uploaded files sync to the app or can be played from the site.

Unfortunately, the 2.5 app as released lacks a link or other information that directs users to the Web site URL, which is https://overcast.fm/uploads. And one must first be logged in. This may have to do with Apple’s App Store restrictions on external links, although that doesn’t seem applicable here. The interface for uploading and the Web site is very spare; and could be spiffed up to better mirror the app.

Overcast 2 also includes 3D Touch actions and a watchOS app.

Bottom line

As a long-time podcaster—and current host of the Macworld podcast—I appreciate any tool that makes it easier for people who want to listen to shows and find new ones. Overcast 2 is a significant step forward for the app in big and small ways without redesigning its approach, and 2.5 carries it a bit further.

There’s no financial penalty to try and then adopt Overcast 2 and some features may be compelling enough to encourage you to switch from an existing app—especially away from Podcasts. Users new to podcasts can get their feet wet with Overcast and, if it doesn’t fill their needs, turn to several modestly priced alternatives that take different approaches to similar tasks.

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At a Glance
  • Overcast Radio, LLC Overcast 2.5

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