Subscribe, manage, and listen to your favorite podcasts with bPod

By Alicia Erlich on 30 May 2014 05:22 am EDT
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As we all enjoy listening to CB podcasts, there are quite a few applications in BlackBerry world to choose from. Finding the right one that leverages the best of BlackBerry 10 all while presenting users with a clean, intuitive interface is not an easy task.

Recently, bPod - Podcast Manager was brought to my attention. This Built for BlackBerry application hits the mark in terms of offering a pleasant listening experience because of the simple user interface that makes subscribing, finding, and listening to podcasts effortless.

Going back to the BBOS days, listening to podcasts was rather clunky and unfriendly. This is certainly not the case with bPod. As a matter of fact, the developer implemented several suggestions regarding the look and feel of the application from feedback received. The main screen displays a view of current channels with icons for subscribing or finding new ones. There is also a page to update existing podcasts or to view active downloads.

An important part of the experience is that listening should be easy and convenient to the user. While it may take a bit to get used to in terms of navigation, once you go through the different menus and screens you will see how easy it is to learn.

The process for searching for your favorite podcasts within the application is not difficult at all. If you have the full address or link to the RSS feed, you can simply copy and paste into the appropriate field. The search tab utilizes gPodder.net, a recent addition to the application, so all that is required is entering in your search term. There is also a tab to browse through the Top 10, 50, or 100 podcasts available from the catalog. To subscribe, tap on the desired podcast or by using the URL and it will do the rest. The feed, with image, now appears under the channels section.

Next on our list is that this handy application gives you some decent settings and controls such as how content is downloaded, where it is downloaded to, play controls, playlist settings, and backup/restore options. For instance, to save data, users can select to only download via WiFi or to automatically download new episodes. There are additional controls including auto delete after listening, prompt to resume on start-up, or schedule an update to a podcast at a specific time.

Now, you may ask, how does it perform when downloading or listening to subscribed content or episodes? The answer is a simple one. Once you are subscribed to a channel, simply tap on the icon to view the available episodes. A quick tap instantly downloads, unless restricted to WiFi only in settings. Tapping and holding on an episode brings up the context menu where users can update the feed, fetch information on the selected episode, add to playlist, mark listened to, share, download all, select episodes or delete the file stored on the device or memory card.

The Good
  • Description of individual episodes
  • Native video support
  • Clean, easy to use interface
  • Add bookmarks to podcasts
The Bad
  • Would like an option to set podcast limits (i.e. Save only last five episodes) rather than deleting after a set time
  • Application is not headless, though is on the list
The Bottom Line

Overall, bPod offers a simplistic experience to manage all of your feeds. While it may not have the smooth UI of Nobex, performance is stable, comes with a variety of settings, and is packed with features that BlackBerry users will most certainly appreciate. One thing that must be pointed out is how often the developer incorporates suggestions and is updates the application to make a better product. bPod comes with a price tag of $.99 and, for all of the capabilities included, is certainly worth it.

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Reader comments

Subscribe, manage, and listen to your favorite podcasts with bPod

26 Comments

The app has improved considerably over the past few months and that is thanks to the developer and testers. Although things have gone a little quiet as of late.

There are still improvements especially to the playlist area where custom ordering and drag and drop of ordering would be greatly welcomed.

Also if anyone with any skill would like to improve the icon, especially with the flat design coming, I know the developer would welcome the help on that front.

Recommended app.

Posted via CB10

this is one of the best applications available on BB10. the developer is fantastic, and i know first hand that he truly listens and uses the user feedback to add and adapt bBod. it just gets better and better. if you're already into podcasts, i cannot recommend this more and if you're only slightly interested in podcasts bPod will make it easier for you to get in deeper.

Been using this app too for a while! It's good, I find not the most smooth function and a few other things I would love to see but over all best I have found!

Posted via CB10

I cant find any of my pod casts and got an error message when I try to add something else. No content is downloading.

Posted via CB10

After the first year of BB10 where every podcast app was absolute garbage I caved and bought Pocket Casts for android and have absolutely loved it. It works extremely well on BB10 and the features available are outstanding, not to mention the UI is clean and fresh and extremely easy to navigate. It looks like this app is on the way to the performance of Pocket Casts but not quite there yet. I'll probably keep my eyes in the forums to get a better look at bPod for a while and might download it just to support BB10 development. If it could somehow top Pocket Casts I may even switch, but that remains to be seen.

Posted via CB10 on my Z10

I have bought pocket casts for Droid, and if necessary I will buy it again to install on my soon to arrive Q10.
It is hands down number one on podcast apps. I have wasted a lot of time and money on apps made for my iPhone and Droid and none comes close to this.
It really is a standout effort that sets the benchmark for what a clean intuitive podcast app should be.

I bought this one in my quest for a great BB10 podcast app. The only drawbacks are that it can't do push notifications for new podcasts like Nobex and thus, no hub integration. Also, I can't seem to get it to update podcasts on is own as scheduled. Really hoping the promised headless update fixes that.

If you can live with that (I can for now), it is well worth the price!

I think Nobex is probably the best, but it didn't allow me to play a podcast that I subscribe to (password protected feed).

Bpod does, but still freezes more often than I'd like when switching between the playlist to the grid view.

Why did Blackberry not update their own podcast app for bb10?

Posted via Q10

That screenshot with all these drop-downs is off-putting, it doesn’t really show the app in a good light. It gives the impression of a lot more complexity than the rest of the article suggests.

Podcasts paired with the Z30 speaker is a great fit! I've noticed bpod improve with each update. As an avid consumer of current affairs and news content I'd recommend the app!

Posted via CB10

I tried a bunch of Podcast apps available in BBWorld, including buying bPod, but have settled on the one the looks, works, is best for me, and that's the Android app Podcast Addict. Just what the doctor ordered. Nothing better that I have tried. Does everything, and that's the free version.

I've been a user of this app. Highly recommended. There are continuously improvement over time, and it has been great. Developer listens to feedbacks and recommendations.

Does what it need to, if you're a regular podcast listener

Posted via CB10

I'm so glad that bPod is getting the attention it deserves. As a former iPhone user and heavy podcast subscriber I found it very difficult to find a podcatcher that did everything I wanted it to do, and was native BB10.

bPod is all that, and more. When I heard they're working on making it headless I was even more excited.

What really blew me away, however, was when I ran into a problem and submitted a bug report right from the app. Within twenty minutes I received a personal e-mail from the developer with a solution. I couldn't believe the personal assistance!

I have never been into podcast but a lot of my favorite Electronic music artist do them and I think this will be a great way to keep up with them.

Swiped via CB10 with my T-Mobile USA (Only T-Mo rep still pushing  ) new  BlackBerry Z30 (STA100-5), son! The Thor's Hammer of phones! Member of "Club Z30 "..... the most exclusive club in mobile. Once you go BlackBerry, everything else is wack-berry! #longestsignatureeverthatishortenedabit

"Going back to the BBOS days, listening to podcasts was rather clunky and unfriendly."

Maybe so if you're making do with the captive app but PodTrapper remains the gold standard across all platforms. Nothing else comes close.

BBOS aside bPod has become the app of choice for audio podcasting (I still prefer Podcasts for its landscape support on Z10/30 for video podcasts). As others have said bPod is continually updated by the developer with added functionality and ease of use.

Via CB10, Z10 rocking official 10.2.1

I've been using bPod since it was in Beta and it's been my go-to podcast app. The Dev is constantly and consistently improving the app by implementing user suggested features. Other apps are good, but if you want the native BB10 then this one is it. Personally it's the only one I'll use.

I use Nobex for the few Podcasts I subscribe to. It does the job well enough.

Q10SQN100-1/10.2.1.3175 CB10'n

The main problem with that app there not exists a option for add podcasts from a opml file. I have too podcasts for add one to one and later create a backup not compatible with other podcasts apps from others systems.