Marco Arment’s Overcast

I’m sure by now you’ve heard of Marco Arment’s new iOS app if you travel in the same circles (read: nerds) as I do. Up until Overcast came out, I had only been using Apple’s Podcasts app mostly because I had only recently gotten into listening to podcasts on a regular basis. As a loyal ATP listener, I was eagerly anticipating this release. I got it on release day and it only took me a few hours before I made the jump and paid the $4.99 for the “unlock everything” In-App Purchase.1

The only possible downside-that-really-isn’t-a-downside is that now my poor 16GB iPhone is constantly running out of space (I can only listen to all these podcasts so fast—even with Smart Speed at 1.2x!). This is made worse by the fact that listening to podcasts and discovering new ones with Overcast is so easy and enjoyable that I keep finding myself subscribing to way more podcasts than I ever thought I would.2

Bottom line: if you listen to podcasts—or even if you don’t—it’s worth taking a look at Overcast. Marco Arment has made a very well-thought-out app that showcases what happens when a world-class iOS developer spends his time crafting an app he truly cares about. We need more developers like Marco.

  1. It was worth it just to hear John Siracusa talk even faster. return to article

  2. I especially love the “Retired Greats” category, got three new subscriptions just because of that. return to article