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Apple Releases New Podcast App

Apple has released a brand new Podcasts app, which is available for free. The app is designed both for the iPad and iPhone and requires iOS 5.1 or later. Get the app at the Apple AppStore.

“Podcasts app is the easiest way to discover, subscribe to and play your favorite podcasts on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch,” Apple’s official description reads. “Explore hundreds of thousands of free audio and video podcasts from the Podcasts Catalog, and play the most popular podcasts, organized for you by topic, with the all-new Top Stations feature.”

Apple has highlighted the full list of features in the Podcasts application:

  • Enjoy all of your audio and video podcasts in a single app
  • Explore hundreds of thousands of podcasts including shows in over 40 languages
  • Try the innovative new Top Stations feature to find new podcast series in a variety of topics, including arts, business, comedy, music, news, sports, and more.
  • Browse by Audio or Video podcasts, or see what’s most popular in Top Charts
  • Tap subscribe for your favorites and automatically receive new episodes for free as they become available
  • Stream episodes or download to listen while offline
  • Skip forward and back using simple playback controls
  • Turn on Sleep Timer to automatically stop playing a podcast while listening in bed
  • Share your favorite episodes with friends using Twitter, Messages and Mail
  • Optionally sync your favorite episodes from iTunes on your Mac or PC
  • Sync your episode playback for seamless transition between devices

In order to sync episodes of podcasts, users must be running iTunes 10.6.3 or later on their Mac or PC and streaming or downloading episodes which requires Internet access over Wi-Fi or a cellular data connection. However, the app is actually a nice addition to the set. Let us know what you think.