With so many podcast apps on the market, is there room for a new contender? If you’re looking for a customized, streamlined podcast-listening experience, the answer might be “yes.” WeCast, the 14th app added to Blubrry’s Subscribe on Android service, offers a user-friendly and multi-faceted way to consume podcasts.
“We don’t have all the possible features available on other apps,” explains Eduardo Baião, creator of WeCast. “Instead, we chose the ones that could satisfy the majority of podcast listeners,” including notifications when new episodes are played, automatic download, sharing features, and the ability to backup and sync subscriptions between devices, among others. But the app also one unique feature with the potential to greatly impact the way podcasts are consumed: users can add text, links, and images to a timeline to create a richer listening experience.
“Imagine the following scenario,” says Baião. “You’re listening to an episode of a podcast and someone mentions a topic you don’t know or can’t remember. It could be the name of an actor, a movie title, a character in a video game, or a historical event. Wouldn’t it be cool to be able to look at your smartphone screen and see, at that very moment, a picture or text informing you about that particular topic, such as a movie poster, the actor’s photo, a book cover, a picture of the character, or the discography of a band? You can do that on WeCast.”
The app costs $1.99 to download for both iOS and Android, but Baião believes that it could be a great gateway app for potential podcast listeners who haven’t embraced the medium yet, so if you’re looking for techniques to turn your blog readers into podcast listeners, WeCast could be a way to ease them in. And a couple of bucks may prove to be a small price to pay for a multi-media podcast listening experience. If you’re already promoting Subscribe on Android, it may be worth mentioning WeCast to your listeners to see if they like what they hear – and see.