Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) is not waiting for its operating system upgrade to launch its brand new in-house iOS app. Podcasts, launched on Tuesday, offers a wide selection of free audio and video podcasts organized by topic. The free app requires iOS 5.1 or later, and supports all devices up from iPhone 3GS, the fourth-generation iPod Touch, and the first iPad. Apple describes the app as being “the easiest way to discover, subscribe to and play your favorite podcasts on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.”
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The 8.8 MB app offers podcasts in over 40 languages and allows subscriptions. Episodes can be streamed or downloaded to listen to while offline. There are functions to skip forward and back, as well as a sleep timer to automatically stop playing a podcast after a while. The app has in-built sharing options on several social networks and episodes can be synced to computers, and can transition between devices.
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