Marco Arment’s “Overcast”

Marco Arment basically invented read-it-later publishing on iOS with Instapaper. But with podcast applications he’s playing catch up. The challenge here is innovation and differentiation. I wrote about this app when word got out he was building it, and I’m revisiting it post launch.

Overcast  Podcast Player on the App Store on iTunes


Arment’s app, Overcast joins the already crowded Podcast application category. And what makes success in this area even more difficult is that Apple now offers its own free solution, which is markedly better than previous incarnations the company put out.

The driving component behind Overcast is simplicity. The design is thoughtful and Arment’s signature language is all over the interface language. Prompters like “no pressure” and “Skeptics FAQs” make it very him.

It offers all the bells and whistles users have come to expect, and you can also import subscriptions form other catchers, which I appreciate immensely. The interface is understated, and there is an amazing EQ, the likes of which I’ve never encountered with apps like Overcast.

There’s Twitter API integration as well, which allows you to suggest show favorites to friends. And the show notes seem to be more present somehow than in other applications. I actually look at them on Overcast.

I’ve yet to see any major flaws with this one, and anything that could be a potential shortcoming could arguably be seen as a plus for others. A lot of subjectivity here. I’m on board. Let me know what you think.

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One thought on “Marco Arment’s “Overcast”

  1. I am also really liking Overcast. The way it let’s you organize shows in playlists is intuitive. It’s the first podcast app I’ve ever seen that incorporates back catalog transparently. The search and add interface is nice and light. Finally, the audio boost feature is amazing. So much so that—not only is it worth the cost of the upgrade—I would be shocked if you didn’t see a similar thing pop up in the category leaders. If it has an issue it would be lack of streaming but I don’t need that very often so it’s no a deal breaker.

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