Well we thought that we might have to wait until iOS 6 for this, but AppleInsider reports today that Apple has released a new, standalone Podcasts app in the App Store. The app is free, and universal, and is described by Apple as being â€œthe easiest way to discover, subscribe to and play your favourite podcasts on your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.â€ The app gives you easy access to a massive amount of free audio and video podcasts from Appleâ€™s extensive Podcasts Catalog, and will organize your podcasts for you by topic, using the new Top Stations feature. Hereâ€™s a complete list of all the new appâ€™s key features, courtesy of Apple, and AppleInsider:
â€¢ Enjoy all of your audio and video podcasts in a single app
â€¢ Explore hundreds of thousands of podcasts including shows in over 40 languages
â€¢ Try the innovative new Top Stations feature to find new podcast series in a variety of topics, including arts, business, comedy, music, news, sports, and more.
â€¢ Browse by Audio or Video podcasts, or see what's most popular in Top Charts
â€¢ Tap subscribe for your favorites and automatically receive new episodes for free as they become available
â€¢ Stream episodes or download to listen while offline
â€¢ Skip forward and back using simple playback controls
â€¢ Turn on Sleep Timer to automatically stop playing a podcast while listening in bed
â€¢ Share your favorite episodes with friends using Twitter, Messages and Mail
â€¢ Optionally sync your favorite episodes from iTunes on your Mac or PC
â€¢ Sync your episode playback for seamless transition between devices
This is an excellent idea from Apple, as a way of highlighting all the fantastic content to be found in its huge library of podcasts.
Click here to download the free app: Podcasts for iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation) and iPad on the iTunes App Store
Source: Apple launches new 'Podcasts' app for iPhone, iPad