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December 4, 2023:
Podcast app Castro is “actively seeking a new home with new owners”. Last week, we reported that Mohit Mamoria, a former Castro employee who works for Tiny, Castro’s current owners, said it was to close; but “any communication or publication regarding the app's future is not official and does not represent Castro’s views” said the blog post. The blog post was the first for three years, and did not have a named author. (The app is now working again after an extended outage last week.)
November 29, 2023:
iOS podcast app Castro will be shut down over the next few months, according to a surprise post from Mohit Mamoria, a former senior Castro staff member and current partner of Tiny Capital, the investment company that bought Castro in November 2018. Meanwhile, the app itself has been down for a number of days with a database server issue. There's no way to export your library: the company warns a fix might take some time.
February 20, 2023:
Now that Apple Podcasts is implementing the code to stop using "AppleCoreMedia" as its useragent in some circumstances, here are the other apps that need fixing, according to John Spurlock: Podbean, Castro, Fountain, Podcast Republic, Moonbeam, Playapod, Pods, Bullhorn, Luminary, Listen App, and Audible. That means all those apps appear smaller thank they should be in podcast analytics.
August 1, 2022:
iOS 16 has published its second public beta. As we get closer, a reminder that iOS 16 brings with it the ability to set a correct user-agent for your iOS podcast app, removing "Apple Core Media". We see a number of podcast apps, including Pocket Casts, Playapod, Castro and Podbean's app, gaining from this new API.
July 21, 2022:
Canción Exploder is the Spanish-language version of Song Exploder, and it's now available. It's co-executive produced by Martina Castro, and Executive Produced by Song Exploder creator Hrishikesh Hirway.
July 14, 2021:
Emprendedores con Luis von Ahn is a new original podcast from Adonde Media, the globally minded podcast production company that is also behind the hit Duolingo podcasts. The podcast is executive produced by Martina Castro, and 'features the stories of latinamerican entrepreneurs behing the social impact startups that are changing the world'. It's hosted by Luis von Ahn, the CEO and cofounder of Duolingo.
March 9, 2021:
February 24, 2021:
Investor Andrew Wilkinson says he's removing podcasts from his phone: "podcasts are mostly people repeating ideas you already agree with or talking about things that trigger anxiety", he says. Wilkinson is co-founder of Tiny Capital, which invests in iOS podcast app Castro, podcast membership platform Supercast, and podcast producer Ride Home Media.
October 14, 2020:
Award-winning Latin American documentary podcast Las Raras returns tomorrow: as a Adonde Media Original, says Founder and CEO Martina Castro. Over six episodes, you'll hear stories from Buenos Aires, Madrid, Bogotá, Mexico City, San Francisco and Santiago de Chile. (Comunicado de prensa en español)
September 23, 2020:
In The Feed, Libsyn's Rob Walch reports that Amazon Music's new podcasts app out-performed Downcast, TuneIn Radio, Castro and other apps for downloads on their launch day. "I cannot remember anyone on their first day having the numbers that Amazon Music had," he said.
September 10, 2020:
Lemonada Media has released the first episode of Our America, hosted by Julián Castro, Barack Obama’s Secretary of Housing and Urban Development and former presidential candidate. It's their ninth series, and marks the podcast company's first year.
August 31, 2020:
The next version of Overcast, the world's third biggest podcast app, will remove one way for podcasters to earn revenue, and highlight another as a concern. A new "privacy screen" in the app's latest beta release adds a brightly-coloured warning alert for any podcast that may earn revenue from dynamic advertising and geolocation. And for smaller podcasters, the "donate" button, launched in August 2018 by the app's developer, Marco Arment, will be removed "because nobody used it and it’s not worth today’s app-review risk", he writes - referring to Apple's notoriously strict app approval process. The donate button is also in apps from Breaker, RadioPublic, PodcastAddict, Castro, and our own podcast pages. (From Sounds Profitable, here's more about how geolocation works in podcasting).
July 20, 2020:
9to5Mac notes that Castro’s Inbox/Queue feature is game-changing functionality for heavy podcast users. (Google Podcasts offers the same 'inbox'-like view, but doesn't allow you to swipe episodes away. Yes, we've submitted feedback.)
June 19, 2020:
Castro has had an update: the podcast app now does shortcuts and can be entirely controlled through Siri.
June 5, 2020:
Podcast apps Castro and Pocket Casts have both been pulled from Apple's App Store in China. Apple Podcasts remains available, but only offers a selection of podcasts to comply with Chinese government content rules. This time last year, they removed a number of shows for, um, some reason.
February 6, 2020:
iOS podcasting app Castro is now accepting paid "promoted podcasts" within the app. Podcast promotions can be targeted geographically, and display to all Castro Free users.
December 31, 2019:
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June 21, 2019:
Podiant has introduced clip-sharing from their web player, joining Overcast and Castro. It produces videos for social media sharing, but also gives a URL for each clip (so you can link to it from wherever).
May 31, 2019:
Castro, an iOS podcast app, has added support for creating and sharing podcast clips to social media. It joins Overcast in offering this functionality natively within the app.
March 7, 2019:
Castro, the iOS podcast app, has announced a new update today. The company says it has upgraded the Discovery experience, dramatically improved Search, and simplified some of the language in the app. "From the start, we’ve designed Castro to be a powerful upgrade over the playback and management experiences offered by other podcast apps. These updates are designed to help make the power of Castro available to more people," Padraig O'Cinneide told us.
January 16, 2019:
FastCompany write about how podcast apps are making money, focusing on Castro and also encompassing many others. The app, owned by Candian investors Tiny, declined to share usage figures.
January 14, 2019:
These iOS Podcast Apps Are Way Better Than Apple's Default App, claims Lifehacker. Pocket Casts, Overcast or Castro gets higher scores than the purple one. Meanwhile, 9to5mac carries "Four new features Apple Podcasts should add in iOS 13".
January 10, 2019:
Werk It: The Podcast was published yesterday: a full audio version of the women's podcast event in November. In it, "Write your own rules: lead like a woman" features three women who launched their own podcast companies: Juleyka Lantigua-Williams of Lantigua Williams & Co, Adonde Media’s Martina Castro, and Side Hustle Pro’s Nicaila Matthews Okome. Transcript and direct audio link
November 28, 2018:
Castro, the well-received iOS podcast app, is now part of Tiny, owners and investors in a range of companies including Dribbble and Flow. Oisín and Pádraig post that "for the first time in five years of work on Castro, we’ll have the resources to focus exclusively on it as product designers and developers." Congratulations to them.
October 2, 2018:
September 5, 2018:
How to fix Apple Podcasts if it stutters a lot - Apple Insider uncovers a bug that affects some listeners. The fix? Download something else. They like Overcast and Castro.
August 17, 2018:
Anchor's Listener Support (Aug 10) is now natively supported in podcast apps, the company has just announced. "Support on Anchor" buttons are now visible in versions of Breaker and RadioPublic, with support from Castro and Podcast Addict promised shortly. Podnews also already supports Anchor's Listener Support links - here's an example. Anchor is also marking up these links using the
rel="payment"pattern so they'll be visible in a future release of Overcast.
August 9, 2018:
Podcast app Castro has added a new feature - audio side-loading. "If you’ve got a random MP3 or M4A file that you want to listen to as a part of your podcast playlist, you can add it to Castro by placing it in the Castro folder inside iCloud Drive. Castro spots audio files placed in that folder and automatically adds them."
July 25, 2018:
Is Anchor a threat to existing podcast hosts, or growing the market? Padraig from Castro has analysed the data. Separately, Anchor has announced a revamp of their mobile editing tools.
May 29, 2018:
May 23, 2018:
Overcast developer Marco Arment tweets about Castro's new release (which includes silence detection), saying "I actually want and need Castro and other podcast players to succeed. My goal of keeping podcasting open requires diversity among player apps: so many apps, all built on open podcasting, that producers can’t ignore or control them all."
May 22, 2018:
April 6, 2018:
A profile of Martina Castro, co-founder of Radio Ambulante and founder of Chile's Adonde Media.
February 14, 2018:
Padraig from Castro writes about the podto:// URL scheme that we linked to yesterday.
December 19, 2017:
November 2, 2017:
How podcast show notes display in different apps has been updated to correct our coverage of CastBox, show Podbean without a bug, and adds Castro (spoiler: 5/5).
July 10, 2017:
The Castro podcast player app is currently half price, according to TapSmart. Interesting UX - it deliberately eschews the download model, and instead you pick and choose which episodes you want to listen to based on the show notes.
May 30, 2017:
Castro, a podcast app for iOS from Supertop which lets you choose episodes rather than blindly subscribe to everything, releases a new update. It adds "enhanced audio" (a dynamic compressor/limiter), and a continuous play function. #15 trending news app recently. $4.99; produced in Canada and Eastern Europe.