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Castro 2 is Now Available

Posted by Padraig on Aug 15, 2016
Castro 2 by Supertop

We are proud to announce that Castro 2 is now available on the App Store.

Podcasting has changed a lot since we released Castro 1 in 2013. Serial has been downloaded over 80 million times. A US presidential candidate co-hosts her own podcast. Podcasting is breaking through to the mainstream and there are now more great podcasts available than ever before. Incredible stories, immersive fiction and multiple perspectives on news are all just a few taps away.

Castro 2 is designed to help you track a broader range of shows and pick out the episodes that appeal to you. To do this, we introduce a concept that is new to podcast apps: episode triage.

Episode Triage

Triage allows you to scan new episodes and decide whether you’re interested or not.

Newly published episodes arrive in the Inbox tab. From here, you can review the descriptions, queue the best ones and archive the rest. The Queue tab is a single central playlist. Queued episodes are automatically downloaded, and can be re-ordered or archived any time.

You can set your favourite shows to queue automatically and use the inbox to triage the rest.

This triage system allows you to expand your listening habits without overwhelming your play queue. Subscribing to a podcast doesn’t have to be a commitment to listen to every episode. You don’t have to choose a narrow few shows and miss out on the rest.

Sharing & Discovering Podcasts

Castro provides the top charts by genre so you can browse popular shows easily. Tap search to easily find shows you know or hear about.

Personal recommendations from friends are another great way to find new shows. Castro users can easily share direct links to specific episodes. Tapping a Castro link will open the episode in the app, where you can queue it right away without subscribing to the entire podcast. If your friends don’t have Castro yet, a beautiful web interface lets them play the episode in their web browser.

Castro maintains a chronological list of your played episodes in History. This makes it easy to find these episodes for sharing later.

If you hear an episode you love, you can star it. Your Starred list becomes your personal podcast hall of fame, allowing you to easily share your favourite episodes next time someone asks you for a recommendation.

Extra Features

  • Castro sports an elegant dark mode and well-thought out sleep timer, offering the best in night time podcast listening.
  • Our “Tentacles” backend server constantly scans for new episodes across every podcast, so your phone doesn’t have to, saving battery life and data usage.
  • Castro can notify you as soon as episodes are published.
  • Download and Storage management: Queued episodes are automatically downloaded, so you can focus on deciding what you want to hear and let Castro manage the details.
  • Fine scrubbing: drag the playhead to scan quickly, or drag the waveform for precision scrubbing.
  • Beautifully rendered full screen show notes allow you to follow up and explore links of episodes that provide these details.
  • Rotation support, and big playback controls on the player for easy use while driving.

Thank You

A lot of work went into this project.

We are grateful to Marc and Ryan for their work on the artwork and servers respectively. Matt made our icon awesome. Travis helped with typography. Thanks to our beta testers for their patience and thoughtful feedback. We could not have completed this app without the support of our families and friends: thank you.

We hope that you like Castro 2.

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