I just wanted to give a shoutout to a new Podcasting app I downloaded called Overcast. It’s got a great user interface that I prefer even over Apple’s podcasting app. But the features are where the app truly shines.
Turning on Smart Speed and Voice Boost results in a podcasting experience that is easier to hear and faster than just a normal podcast. Voce boost applies a pretty smart compression algorithm that keeps the volume even so you can set it and forget it. Smart speed only speeds up silences during podcasts. On most shows this means listening at 1.2–1.4x the speed—but without the difficulty of trying to understand when people talk quickly. It would be great if I could use these features on any audio files—perhaps that will be added in a future release.
All in all, I think it’s a great app. I only listen to 3ish podcasts on an even semi-regular basis, but this app is probably going to give me the time to add a fourth if I want. Here are some that I regularly listen to:
Leave a comment below if you’d like to recommend a podcast for me or other readers to try.