Danny Recommends: Overcast
Every so often we dip our toes into a series called Danny Recommends:, posts that tip you off to the stuff that I…you know. These might be products for use in your ministry, resources that will help you develop leaders around you, or just fun stuff that you need. Want. Whatever. For other posts in the series, check out the link at the bottom.
My name is Danny, and I am a podcast junkie.
I listen to a broad spectrum of topics: sermons, leadership, Disney news, regular news, finance, business development, writing, storytelling, and more. (You can see a few of my favorites here, here, and here.)
And all of those are housed in a handy little app called Overcast.
I’ve been an Overcast fan for at least a half-dozen years, and it’s my fave for the following reasons:
Custom playlists / smart filters. Do you have a news or devotional podcast you want to access first thing in the morning? A favorite podcast that you want to hear as soon as it drops? Overcast lets you set priorities and rearrange listening order at will.
Smart speed. Overcast will skip unnecessary gaps and pauses in audio, allowing you to power through an episode. (According to my stats, it’s saved me 421 hours of listening time since 2015.)
Share clips / share from a specific time. I’ve often heard something that I want to pass to a friend, but don’t expect them to listen to the entire episode. Overcast allows me to send an audio clip or send them a link to start listening at a specific point in the episode.
Recommendations. I can find out what my friends are listening to and the shows they think I should be listening to.
CarPlay support. Full disclosure: my car isn’t fancy enough to have CarPlay. But whenever I’m in a friend’s car or rental car that does have it, whoa. It’s just a seamless, great experience.
Overcast is completely free, but the Premium version ($10 per year) eliminates banner ads. I’ve happily paid that almost since the beginning, primarily because Overcast is a one-man operation and I want to show support for the fine work of Marco Arment.
Disclaimer: FTC watchdogs will probably want to know that the vendors listed / linked above did not ask for this endorsement, nor am I receiving compensation or kickbacks for doing so.