At least an hour’s worth of commuting to work means that podcasts are a big part of what my iPhone does. Every day it goes into the cradle in the car and plays one of my favorite shows. These days, if I’m listening, it’s not to music, it’s to a podcast.
So for the second app returning to my home screen after the purge, I’ve chosen Instacast. First of all, it syncs and downloads in the background as soon as I get home as long as the app is open, or it syncs when I’m on my way out.
Never since buying the app have I climbed into the car only to find that iTunes didn’t pull down the new episode of Hypercritical or that the sync has it on the Mac but not the phone. It’s great.
But Instacast has many other features in addition to easy syncing. You can turn off 3G for downloads, have playback skip backward when resuming listening so you have a chance to remember where you left off. There’s even access to show notes and the option to stream episodes. With an in-app purchase you can get even more features, but for everything I use, the base app is excellent.