While you can always listen to podcasts on your web browser, having a dedicated podcast app on your Mac comes with a lot of its own advantages like better user interface, download ability for offline access, bookmark management, and much more. But what is the best podcast app for Mac? Let’s find out.
Best Podcasts Apps for Mac
1. Apple Podcasts
Best for: Seamless switching between Apple devices
Starting with the app built into the Apple ecosystem. Apple Podcasts
It’s the app to get if you’re constantly switching between your Apple devices. You get native control integration that allows you to smoothly adjust volume, pause podcasts with keyboard shortcuts, adjust playback speed, and set sleep timer . Apple Podcasts also lets you save Podcasts for offline listening.
On the other hand, it is available on macOS Catalina and later. However, you can still subscribe and listen to podcasts using iTunes on older macOS. Apple Podcasts is free and comes with the operating system. Simply search for “podcasts” in the Spotlight search.
Best for: Access to Spotify exclusives
The only reason to listen to podcasts using the Spotify app is because of its exclusivity. Since Joe Rogan has signed an exclusive deal with Spotify, it’s very clear that it will be a trend in the future. If you already have a Spotify subscription, you can also listen to podcasts on this app.
You can discover new podcasts by genre or search for your favorite audio stories using the search bar. Podcasts play just like a music player and you can control them in a similar way. However, if you don’t have a premium subscription, you can’t download podcasts on the Mac app. Spotify is free on the App Store.
Install Spotify (Free, subscription available)
3. Mame Cast
Best for: Podcasts with translation
Mame Cast is a decent podcast app that checks all the essential details. It lets you search for podcasts from within the app, and lets you subscribe by entering a URL or importing an OPML file which is what most podcast apps do. The player is nice and simple, the controls are well placed, and it also allows you to download podcasts. However, the primary feature is the Voice Transcription mode which uses macOS’s internal speech recognition system to create subtitles for your podcast.
The app is free on the App Store but the audio transcription feature is locked behind an in-app purchase that you can unlock for $9.99.
Install Mame Cast (Free, in-app purchases available)
Best for: Customize every aspect of the podcast app
Mimir is a feature-packed podcast app that allows you to customize your podcast listening experience with the wide range of options that this app offers. It gives a genre and category based recommendation of podcasts you might like based on your subscriptions and makes playing really simple. Simply drag and drop the podcast tile to start playing, and it even picks another podcast for you so it won’t stop playing. The app also has features like auto-mute that none of the apps mentioned above offer.
Mimir is a subscription based app that offers a lot of great features if you are an avid podcast user and the subscription will cost you around $2.99 per month. You can also get a free 14-day trial to test what it has to offer.
Install Mimir (Free trial, subscription available)
Best for: Existing Pocket Casts subscribers
Pocket Casts is one of the most popular podcast apps for smartphones. It offers a lot of intuitive features and options that make the subscription worth every penny paid. While you can listen to any podcast for free on the smartphone app, the Mac app only works with Pocket Casts Plus which is a paid subscription.
Features include: playback independently on Apple Watch, personal podcast cloud storage, desktop app, and themes. Pocket Casts subscription costs about $1.17/month.
Install PocketCasts ($1.17/month)
Best for: Listen to podcasts from the menu bar
The menu bar on macOS is a convenient place to put your app so you can access it instantly, more easily, and it doesn’t take up much space on your screen. PodcastMenu is an unofficial Overcast port for macOS. Since Overcast is not officially available on macOS, it makes sense to use this app and take advantage of its sheer creativity.
The app is added to the menu bar and offers all the features of Overcast, just sign in with the app’s credentials to start using it. Features include: sleep timer, volume booster, smart quick start, etc.
If you like the Overcast app on your smartphone, you’ll also love what it has to offer on macOS. PodcastMenu is free but you may have to pay for the paid version of Overcast on the App Store to get all the features.
Install PodcastMenu (Free)
Best for: Paid Podcasts App Features Without Subscription
Downcast is another well-known podcast app that is officially available for Mac. It offers different playback speeds ranging from 0.5x to 3x, chapter support, and an automatic download option. You can always create and edit smart playlists with podcasts, and it also supports password-protected podcasts. The app also provides seamless syncing between iOS devices using iCloud.
However, the only reason I included this app on this list is that it doesn’t apply a subscription model and charges a flat fee for the app, which is $5.
Downcast install ($5)
Best Podcast App for Mac
These were some of the best podcast apps that you can get for your Mac. Keep in mind that each app offers something unique apart from the standard features like offline playback, changing playback speed, etc. What app do you like the most? Let me know in the comments below.