Instead of requiring people to pay for an upgrade, the developer is accepting optional donations. Check it out to listen to some podcasts, and don’t forget to subscribe to a few useful ones that might help you learn something new or improve your life in some way. Overcast was already considered one of the best podcast apps for iOS. This update includes streaming, chapters, a podcast directory powered by recommendations from other Overcast users, and quite a few other improvements as well.
Here’s a quick overview of the new features along with a note from the independent developer, Marco Arment, about why he has offered this new version for free.
Overcast 1.0 locked the best features behind an in-app purchase, which about 20% of customers bought. This made enough money, but it had a huge downside:
80% of my customers were using an inferior app. The limited, locked version of Overcast without the purchase sure wasn’t the version I used, it wasn’t a great experience, and it wasn’t my best work.
With Overcast 2.0, I’ve changed that by unlocking everything, for everyone, for free. I’d rather have you using Overcast for free than not using it at all, and I want everyone to be using the good version of Overcast.
If you can pay, I’m trying to make up the revenue difference by offering a simple $1 monthly patronage. It’s completely optional, it doesn’t get you any additional features, and it doesn’t even auto-renew — it’s just a direct way to support Overcast’s ongoing development and hosting without having to make the app terrible for 80% of its users.
Here’s an overview of new features from the iTunes Store.
What’s New in Version 2.0
– Storage management
– Icon badge option
– Play-by-priority option
– Smart Speed now dynamically adjusts to quiet voices
– Lots of bugs fixed, including playlist reordering and storage growth
– Tons of little improvements and optimizations
All features are now free! A new optional monthly patronage is available if you’d like. Thank you.