What’s new in Instacast 4?Instacast 4 is one of the most significant updates to Instacast thus far, and we’ve taken time to completely overhaul the UI and add even more features that we think you’ll love to use.
A new, iOS 7-inspired user interface

iOS 7 brings a completely new look to iOS, and Instacast 4 embraces this by taking cues from iOS 7’s design philosophy. You can expect a much cleaner, subtler look in addition to other, more functional features.

Sidebar menu

Instead of floating buttons, Instacast 4 now has a sidebar menu that allows you to quickly access the Subscriptions, Lists and Bookmarks views, maximizing vertical space. You can also quickly access the Directory, the Up Next queue, Downloads and Settings from here too.

Up Next

Up Next functions as a dynamic playlist where you queue episodes for playback without having to create a specific list or worry about enabling continuous playback between episodes. Single or multiple episodes can be sent to the Up Next queue quickly and easily.

Improved multitasking and background download management

Instacast 4 is able to automatically refresh your subscriptions and download new episodes when your device is idle, meaning that you don’t have to wait for the refresh and download process to complete when opening the app.

New notification behavior

Previously, push notifications let you know when new episodes were available to play or download. But because Instacast 4 now refreshes and downloads episodes automatically, notifications now inform you that the episode is available to listen to instantly.

New Sidebar Menu Shake to reveal sidebar for quick access.

New Multi-Selection Management The new multi-selection management feature allows for bulk downloading or scheduling for playback.

ManageManaging a large collection of podcasts on the move is easy with Instacast’s thoughtful and intuitive design. Browse the online directory, import your subscriptions, customize settings for individual podcasts, sort episodes into different playlists and view your bookmarks.

Instacast collects all your subscriptions in a single view, allowing you to quickly browse episodes or set custom settings for each subscription. You can also explore our online directory, paste a subscription’s URL and import old subscriptions with an OPML file.

Lists and Smart Lists

Lists are a quick and easy way to collect a number of podcasts for sequential playback. Smart Lists are especially useful because they automatically collect and sort episodes based on predefined values such as ‘partially played’ or ‘downloaded’.


Bookmarks allow you to name and save specific points in an episode so that you can quickly return to them later, which is especially useful if you use particular episodes for reference.

Podcast URL Scheme Instacast supports the Podcast URL scheme for subscribing to podcast feeds. If you get an email with a podcast:// URL, a click is enough to start Instacast and to subscribe to the podcast feed.
OPML File Format Instacast supports the OPML file exchange format for importing and exporting subscriptions. Export from iTunes e.g. and import from Dropbox.

PlayPlaying podcasts is why Instacast exists, and so we’ve put a lot of thought into the design of Instacast’s media player. There are a number of options for controlling playback, and we’ve made sure that the currently playing episode can be accessed instantly from wherever you are in the app.
Sophisticated media player

Instacast’s elegant media player has a host of playback controls that allow you to output to AirPlay speakers, adjust playback speed, set a sleep timer, quickly add a bookmark and share the current episode. Other settings, such as the length covered when skipping forwards or backwards, can also be customized.

Save playback position

We’ve made sure the Instacast is able to remember exactly where you paused the playback of an episode and then resume from that exact spot when you play that episode again – whether that’s in a few minutes, hours, days or weeks. And thanks to Instacast Cloud, you can continue playback from the same position on another device.

Audio, video and audio-only video playback

Instacast is able to play the audio track of a video podcast while your screen is locked, which means that you can continue to enjoy your podcast when you don’t have the opportunity to view at your device’s screen.

Advanced Playback Tools Quickly jump to a particular position, change playback speed or set a sleep timer for a scheduled halt.

DownloadMake use of your iOS device’s available storage space to save episodes that you’d like to listen to without having to rely on a constant internet connection.
Offline playback

Streaming episodes requires a reliable internet connection – something that isn’t always available when you might want to listen to a podcast. Thankfully, Instacast lets you download multiple episodes via your home internet connection and conveniently collects them in the ‘Downloads’ Smart List.

Automated download settings

We want Instacast to allow you to listen to your podcasts without getting in the way, and with this philosophy in mind Instacast automates your downloads and updates your feeds when your device is idle. You can apply auto-download settings to individual subscriptions, and you can also limit the amount of space Instacast uses to save downloaded episodes.

Quick downloads with Instacast for Mac

If you have a copy of Instacast for Mac running on your local network, Instacast for iOS will automatically copy episodes directly from your computer if they have been previously downloaded with Instacast for Mac, meaning that you can enjoy significantly reduced download times.

Advanced Download Management Instacast 4 automatically schedules downloads with iOS to enable unlimited downloads without battery drain.

InteractInstacast does more than just play podcasts – it also allows you to interact with episodes via show notes and support the production of podcasts with Flattr and Instacast Cloud. Naturally, Instacast also has the ability to share episodes to a number of other services.
Show Notes

Instacast presents show notes in a comfortable, easy-to-read format. Additionally, Instacast also lets you view a list of links in the show notes separately from the rest of the text, maximizing the iPhone’s limited screen space.


We live in a hyper-connected world, and Instacast reflects this by being able to share a link to an episode, including the full show notes, via a number of different methods such as email, Twitter and and various read-later services.


Flattr is an important third-party service that lets users give financial contributions to support content providers. If you own a copy of Instacast for Mac, you can choose to automatically and seamlessly donate to creators of podcasts via Flattr the next time you sync with Instacast Cloud.

Access Show Notes Follow show links and share them with your friends.

SyncAutomatically synchronize your podcast library between devices with Instacast Cloud – our custom cloud-sync solution.
Instacast Cloud

Instacast Cloud is our own cloud synchronization service that automatically synchronizes your subscriptions, deleted episodes, played and unplayed states, playback position, favorites, lists and bookmarks between devices.

For iPhone, iPad and Mac

Instacast Cloud synchronizes your data between each version of Instacast you own.