In a hope to declutter the slightly over bearing iTunes store Apple has released a stand alone app for listening and downloading podcasts. The app will act as a hub for all your podcasts so the music app can just concentrate on music. An eagle eyed reader over at Macrumors stopped that there is a redeem button which suggests that Apple intends to release paid podcasts in the future.
Here are a few of the features of the new app:
- Enjoy all of your audio and video podcasts in a single app
- Explore hundreds of thousands of podcasts including shows in over 40 languages
- 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.
- Browse by Audio or Video podcasts, or see what’s most popular in Top Charts
- Tap subscribe for your favorites and automatically receive new episodes for free as they become available
- Stream episodes or download to listen while offline
- Skip forward and back using simple playback controls
- Turn on Sleep Timer to automatically stop playing a podcast while listening in bed
- Share your favorite episodes with friends using Twitter, Messages and Mail
- Optionally sync your favorite episodes from iTunes on your Mac or PC
- Sync your episode playback for seamless transition between devices
If you want to take a look there is a download link here: AppStore