By Jim Karpen on Wed, 06/27/2012
Yesterday Apple released its new Podcasts app, and so far the reviews are quite positive. It allows you to find, subscribe to, and play podcasts with one app. This is a much better option, in my mind, than using the Podcasts feature of the built-in Music app. The app lets you access the Podcasts catalog in iTunes, using the same interface as iTunes so that you can view New & Noteworthy, the Podcast Starter Pack, Staff Favorites, and the Top Charts. The app switches between the Catalog view and Library view in just the same way as Apple's iBooks app. The most innovative new feature may be Top Stations, which highlights podcast series in a range of categories, from Arts and Comedy to Music and Technology. The way you scroll through the categories and subcategories in Top Stations is fresh and attractive. A toggle lets you browse either audio or video podcasts. I like this app a lot. You can stream episodes, or listen offline. A sleep timer lets you stop playing a podcast after a specified time if you're listening in bed. If you're new to podcasts, iMore walks you through the process of subscribing and unsubscribing. When you subscribe, you automatically receive new episodes.