The Overcast podcast app gets a gorgeous, much-needed revamp
Despite the onslaught of podcasts from Apple, Spotify and more, the Overcast app remains one of the most popular places on iOS to collect and listen to all your favorite content creators.
The functionality is great, and supporting one-man operation is a great way to stick with big companies like Spotify, which are looking to monopolize access to major podcasters.
Unfortunately, until now, Marco Arment’s app design has looked like an old RSS feed, rather than a state-of-the-art listening portal fit for 2022.
Everything changes today, with a major change update for application, which adds much-needed color and exuberance. There’s a new emphasis on playlists and podcast artwork in the “radically different” home screen and a more readable font (San Francisco Rounded). You will definitely notice the changes as soon as you open the updated app for the first time.
The functionality has been enhanced with drag-and-drop playlist reordering. There’s also a new Mark as Played feature, accessible as a checkmark or swipe left action, as well as a way to view all starred episodes. It is also possible to create playlists for favorite, downloaded and current episodes.
“Playlists now have strong visual identities for more enjoyable and easier navigation,” Arment writes on his Blog. “Each playlist has a customizable color and a custom icon can be selected from over 3,000 SF symbols to match the modern iOS design and other Overcast icons.
“Recently played and recently posted episodes can now be displayed on the home screen for quick access, as can the CarPlay widget and experience. Podcasts can now be pinned to the top of the home screen list. Home and pinned podcasts can also be manually rearranged using drag-and-drop.
Arment says this is the first part of the big overhaul he’s been working on, and the next step is the Now Playing screen.