Tap the plus button in the bottom left of the ‘Subscriptions’ view.
This will open Instacast’s podcast directory, which allows you to browse both audio and video podcasts by popularity, author or genre. Additionally, you can search for a specific podcast from the directory or add one manually by tapping the link button and pasting a podcast’s URL into the field.
Tap on a podcast episode to open the media player and begin playback. You can pause and play the episode, skip forwards and backwards by 30 seconds (this can be changed in Instacast’s main settings), drag the playback slider to jump to a specific point in the episode, view and add bookmarks by tapping the icon in the upper right, and hide the media player by tapping the the arrow in the upper left.
Yes. Swiping the media player’s controls to the left reveals a set of advanced playback controls. From left to right, these controls allow you to send audio via Airplay, change playback speed, set a sleep timer, allow continuous playback of episodes in the current subscription or playlist, and access various sharing options.
By adding a bookmark to a podcast you are able to instantly return to a specific point. To add a bookmark, tap on the bookmark icon from the media player and then tap ‘Add Bookmark’ at the point you want to save. You can access your bookmarks from the ‘Bookmarks’ section of the main menu.
Tap on a podcast to be presented with a list of that podcast’s episodes. From this view, tap the podcast’s title to be taken to a screen displaying additional details about the podcast.
In this view you can choose to unsubscribe from the podcast, refresh the feed manually, access further settings or share the podcast’s URL.
￼Tapping the settings icon allows you to adjust settings for the selected podcast. These settings will override Instacast’s general settings (see below), which are applied to all subscriptions by default. These settings can also be found under ‘Subscriptions’ in Instacast’s main settings (see below).
Simply refresh the feed manually from the feed’s settings (see above).
A playlist is a collection of podcast episodes arranged into a specific order. To create one, tap the plus button in the ‘Playlists’ view and select ‘Add Playlist’.
You add episodes to a playlist, delete episodes and manually sort the playback order by tapping the icon in the lower left of the playlist’s screen.
A smart playlist automatically sorts and updates podcast episodes from a variety of variables, including the following: most recent, partially played, unplayed, favourites and downloaded. To create a smart playlist, tap the plus button in the ‘Playlists’ view and select ‘Add Smart Playlist’.
Favorites are episodes that you have marked with a star to indicate preference or to refer to later. Additionally, favorites will not be deleted automatically if you have configured Instacast to delete played episodes and/or downloaded files automatically. To add a podcast to the ‘Favorites’ smart playlist, tap the ‘i’ icon next to an episode to view the show notes. Next, tap the star icon (you can also swipe the episode left to mark it as a favourite without viewing the show notes).
You can download any episode for offline playback. To do this, simply tap and hold on an episode to bring up the option to download it. Alternatively, tap the icon in the lower right corner of a subscription or playlist to select multiple episodes to download.
Tap the settings icon from the subscription, playlist or bookmark view to be presented with Instacast’s main settings. From here you can access general, subscription, push notification and offline storage settings.
‘General’ allows you to set whether streaming and downloading should be allowed over cellular data; when to check for new subscriptions; whether to sort episodes by newest or oldest; adjust various playback options; whether continuous playback should be enabled by default in feed lists, playlists and smart playlists; and select local notifications.
‘Subscriptions’ allows you to customise the settings for each of your subscriptions individually. Changes made here will override changes in ‘General’, which are applied to all podcasts by default. To indicate this, the word ‘Custom’ appears next to the podcast’s name.
‘Push Notifications’ allows you to receive instant notifications when new episodes are available. You can also choose which subscriptions you would like to be notified about.
‘Offline Storage’ lets you put a limit on the amount of space Instacast uses for storing downloads. Additionally, you can also set options to allow Instacast to download and/or delete episodes automatically. Any content you have already downloaded will be displayed here, and you can manage downloaded content from this page too.
Parked subscriptions are subscriptions that you choose to hide from your list of subscriptions. Additionally, these subscriptions are not automatically updated. To park a subscription select ‘Subscription Parking’ from ‘Subscriptions’ in Instacast’s main settings.
Yes. Select ‘Export Data’ or ‘Send Data as Email’ from Instacast’s main settings to export your subscriptions or bookmarks to another app or email address respectively.
Instacast Cloud is a custom built cloud synchronisation service. When using Instacast for the first time you are given the option to register an account to for Instacast Cloud.
Instacast Cloud is provided free of charge for all Instacast users.
iCloud has a number of issues that cause a great deal of difficulty for third party developers. This is a well-attested fact, and a number of leading iOS developers are taking it upon themselves to provide their own cloud synchronisation solution to circumvent these problems. Furthermore, Instacast's own synchronisation solution is much quicker than iCloud, which means that customers will appreciate a faster user experience.
Instacast Cloud synchronises the following: subscriptions, deleted episodes, played and unplayed states, playback position for individual episodes, favourites, playlists and bookmarks.
To synchronise your data you simply need to create an account when you first launch Instacast – all synchronisation is automatic. If you declined the option to create a cloud account when first using Instacast, you can find the option to make one in Instacast's main settings.
Yes. Update to Instacast 3.1.2 or above and visit instacast3:///sync/reset from your device to replace the data in Instacast Cloud with the data from that device. Next, open Instacast on your other device and confirm the sync reset.
Instacast only supports devices running iOS 6 and above. Although previous versions of Instacast did support earlier versions of iOS, these have been removed from the App Store.
Yes. Instacast will work on both iPhone and iPad without having to pay twice.
Yes. Instacast 2.2.2 used iCloud to synchronise data. You are given the option to import this data when you first use Instacast 3. Alternatively, you can export your subscriptions from earlier versions of Instacast as an OPML file.
A Mac version of Instacast is currently in development and will be available later this year.
There are currently no plans to create an Android version of Instacast.
Unless your internet connection is faulty, this indicates that the podcast you are trying to download has been removed from the host's server and is no longer available. It's also possible that the download has been corrupted. In this case you can delete the file and re-download it with the download button under the show notes.
Try resetting your sync data.
Podcasts are listed on Instacast automatically, once at least one user has subscribed the feed. All other feeds can be found using the integrated Podcast Search, that actually uses the iTunes directory to search for podcasts.
To enable Flattr payment with your podcast, please refer to this article.
We had some difficulties with Apple about the integration with Flattr. Please refer to this article for more information.
Instacast can continue playback on a website or can copy a playback URL to the clipboard. To enable this feature for your website, please refer to this article.
With Instacast 2.0, users can share personal comments along with a particular section of a podcast episode. Instacast has its own web service to provide a web player which can link directly to this section. This web service also includes a link to the original site of the podcast author. However if you as the podcast author would like to provide this web service yourself, you need to support the Podlove Deep Linking specification in your podcast feeds. If Instacast detects that a deep link is provided by the podcast author, it uses this specification to create the Share URLs.
Instacast 2.0 supports a method to link multiple related feeds together and present the user with a user interface to choose between them. Please have a look at the Podlove Alternate Feeds specification on how to implement this feature in your podcast.
Absolutely, the longer your feed, the longer it loads, the longer it needs to be parsed. While Instacast, the app is not limiting the feed length yet, other online services do. Feedburner e.g. limits the maximum feed length to 512 kb. The Instacast push notification service will also limit the feed length to this value in the future.
For the upcoming version of Instacast we are working on a new online directory that allows us to feature podcasts in hit lists and categories. As a featured podcasts your podcast is moved to the top of the list and gets special artwork treatment. There can either be one or two features per podcast listing.
To get your podcast featured, please send an email to publisher (at) our domain and provide the canonical feed URL. You can also send us a special feature URL that redirects to the canonical feed URL. You can also send us your special artwork treatment. We accept two formats: 145x80pt or 300x80pt. Ideally you send us both formats in 1x and 2x resolution, so that we have all choices where to put the podcast feature. Here is an example of a podcast feature image in both resolutions:
To be more clear, this means sending 4 images: 145x80px, 290x160px, 300x80px and 600x160px.
How do we decide which podcast to feature?
Your podcast needs to meet some basic quality standards. For one your podcast feed needs to be free of parsing errors and it needs to comply to either the RSS or Atom standard. Make sure you also use the iTunes Podcast Extension to include good metadata. You can check your feed on feedvalidator.org.
The podcast artwork needs to be nice on the eye. We don't accept crappy artwork done with Windows Paint. Please also make sure that titles or slogans on your artwork can be read clearly and that colors are not over-saturated.
Another criteria is that your metadata must be clean and free of SEO bs. We don't accept podcasts with 300 character titles. Please make sure you put subtitles and keywords into its respective tags.
Instacast makes use of the HTTP ETag header to speed up refreshes. Basically the first time it asks for the feed content, the server replies with a content relevant Etag hash that changes as soon as the content itself changes. The next time Instacast asks the server for content it passes the old ETag along and if it did not change in the meantime, the server just sends back a "304 Not Modified" message instead of the feed content. This way Instacast knows that it doesn't need to parse the feed over and over again. Make sure your feed infrastructure supports this method. In addition of faster refreshes, your server also saves a lot of bandwidth and resources. If you're using Feedburner, you are in the clear.
Latest Update: Dec 06, 2012 for 3.0