When comparing Podcast Addict vs Google Play Music, the Slant community recommends Podcast Addict for most people. In the question“What are the best podcast apps for Android?” Podcast Addict is ranked 2nd while Google Play Music is ranked 11th. The most important reason people chose Podcast Addict is:
For those that would like to try out the app or don't mind advertisements in their apps there is a [free version available for download](https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bambuna.podcastaddict).
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Pro Free ad supported version available
For those that would like to try out the app or don't mind advertisements in their apps there is a free version available for download.
Pro Import OPML
For networks out there that offer an OPML for their entire list of shows, users can import that full list, making an easy way to get an entire networks listings.
Pro A lot of features
The app provides a lot of features, adjustments, and settings.
Pro Built in playlist shuffle feature
While not on by default users can go into the players settings to allow for a shuffle feature of all podcasts in the users playlist.
Pro Chromecast support
Chromecast is supported for those that want to stream their podcasts to a Chromecast compliant device.
Pro Automatically creates play queue
When you play an episode from the Downloaded list, it makes a queue of all episodes for continuous play.
Pro Radio Streaming
Pro Free no advertisements
Google Play Music is a free service for storing and streaming ones library that has zero advertisements in the interface as well as the playing music.
Pro Upload library through browser
Google has added the option of uploading songs through the browser with the help of a Chrome extension download as well as directly through the desktop Chrome app.
Pro Instant mixes
Google Play Music can make smart recommendations for playlist by the user just picking an artist or song they want recommendations formed from.
Pro Also offers streaming service
GPM can be used as a normal music player but also as a streaming service like Spotify.
Con Design is hum-drum and cluttered
The UI is a bit boring and cluttered when compared to PocketCasts.
Con Can not easily share a podcast
Con Confusing to use
Con Want credit card info before using "free" service
Con No folder support
Con Status bar not sensitive nor customizable
There is no way to go easily go back a specific amount of time (for example: Audible has a button that allows you to go back 30 seconds).
The status bar could be more time specific. If you want to go back to a particular segment of listening, there is no way to know exactly where you will land. You have to do some kind of guessing and it is annoying. Lot of time wasted in searching in a blind manner.
Con Quality only as high as 320kbps MP3s
There is no option to listen to lossless music, even if that is what the user has uploaded. The highest quality is 320kbps MP3s. If a lossless track has been uploaded and the user then downloads the track at a later date the file will also only be a 320kbps MP3.
Con No way to start the app in ones library
The app offers no way to actually start up in ones library, either in the desktop Chrome app or the Android app. For those that only use this app for listening to their purchased or uploaded music this is pretty annoying as there s no real need for the front page of recommendations and activity. This doe snot necessarily need to be some social platform but just a way to listen to ones music, really the user should have the choice, especially if they are paying for this service through purchased music or their streaming service.