No ads and lots of options: Podcast app Antennapod for Android phones

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  • Sunday, 20 Oct 2019

Antennapod lets you access tons of free podcasts. — dpa

Thrilling true crime stories, interesting conversations, entertaining humbug: There are podcasts for every mood and every topic.

One ad-free Android app to help you find your way in the podcast jungle is Antennapod, which lets you access tons of free podcasts, and even some paid content, while giving you lots of control over how the app works.

Available both on Google's Play Store and the alternative Android store F-Droid, Antennapod lets you play, manage, search for and sort your podcasts.

While some apps struggle to find certain podcasts, Antennapod makes it easier by letting you enter the podcast's web address. Feeds can also be imported via the iTunes and directories, via OPML files and via RSS and Atom-links.

Once a podcast is added, you can tell the app to automatically download new episodes, which happens only by WiFi by default. If you also want to use mobile data for this, the app asks for permission beforehand.

Downloaded episodes end up in a playlist, which can be sorted however you like – for example, alphabetically, by date or by length of episodes.

Unlike the simpler interfaces of apps like Spotify and the native Google Podcasts app, Antennapod focusses more on giving users a bigger range of features and settings they can adjust.

To make things even more personalised just check out the large settings menu: For example, the storage space can be effectively managed by setting the app to automatically delete already played-through podcasts. If you do not want to download content, you can also stream it.

This open source app is free to download and is free from annoying advertising and trackers. – dpa

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