I’ve used Podcast Addict for years, across two phones, more than 5000 hours of listening time.
I recently got a de-Google’d /e/Solutions Teracube 2e, so I didn’t want to use Podcast Addict because it’s got 10 trackers in it, and I didn’t want to have to go through and neuter all the trackers as I’d done in my old phone (which I de-Google’d and got rid of the ads myself).
I tried Tsacdop but with the 130 podcasts I listen to, it bogged down so badly that it literally took 4 minutes between the time I pressed the ‘Play’ button and the time that the podcast started playing.
AntennaPod looked good on F-Droid, so I tried it. It’s light, it’s fast, it can handle the insane number of podcasts I listen to… and the setup was super easy.
I couldn’t export an OPML file from my old phone (a Blu Life One X3), the battery was so bad that every time I tried, it’d shut down even though it was plugged into a 2 amp USB source.
But AntennaPod’s search function is fast (faster than Podcast Addict), comprehensive (more comprehensive than Podcast Addict) and accurate (far more accurate than Podcast Addict).
And the setup of the podcasts after subscribing was especially nice… subscribe, the podcast comes up with a list of episodes, press and hold to get the menu, tap on “Multi select”, press and hold to get the menu and “Select all below” to select all the podcasts which I’d already listened to with my old phone, mark those selected podcasts as read, then click the ‘hamburger’ icon in the upper-left, select ‘Queue’, drag down to refresh the podcasts and let it download the episodes I hadn’t listened to yet.
Can there be a separate Queue for audio-only and for video podcasts?
When playing a video podcast, the player screen doesn’t automatically come up, you have to tap the player along the bottom edge of the screen to bring it up. Can it come up automatically?
When playing a video podcast with the player screen open, and that podcast finishes and an audio-only podcast starts playing, if you tap the ‘Back’ arrow to exit the video player, the audio podcast stops playing. Can you automatically close the video player and return to the previous screen unless another video podcast starts playing?
When finished playing one podcast episode, can you set it so it jumps to the top of the Queue and plays from there?
Otherwise, this thing rocks!