Pocket Casts desktop app available in beta for Windows 10

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Pocket Casts is one of the best podcast players on the market, and now it’s finally available in the Microsoft Store. You will find the beta version there, and it’s worth checking out.

Pocket Casts stands up in the podcast app area, and it’s one of the best you can find. Its iOS and Android apps are highly rated, but unfortunately, it does not have a compelling desktop presence outside of its web player. On the other hand, this is going to change because developer Shifty Jelly announced the launch of a Pocket Casts desktop app. It’s currently in beta in the Microsoft Store.

Key features of Pocket Casts desktop

Pocket Casts desktop seems to be a hosted web app, and this may disappoint some users. On the other hand, the app looks great, and it’s fluid enough to provide a user experience that does not feel much different from using a native app, and this is really important. You will find plenty of the features that are included in Pocket Casts across other platforms. Here are the main ones:

  • You will be able to play all the podcasts that you know and love.
  • You can also find new podcasts that have the potential to become your favorite ones.
  • Pocket Casts syncs with your existing Pocket Casts Account.
  • You will get the ability to build an Up Next list to power through your day.
  • There are variable speed controls, a dark theme and also a tracker for your listening stats.

The best thing about the app is that if you’re listening across different devices, your progress for each podcast syncs back to the desktop app and this means that you will be able to pick up just where you left off.


Pocket Casts desktop is not free, and you have to pay for it even if you have previously purchased the app for Android or iOS. You can download the app for free from the Microsoft Store, but you will have to get $9 to access the Pocket Casts web app. After paying, your account will become flagged and you’ll be able to sing in with the desktop application.

Give the app a shot by signing up an account at the Pocket Casts website and grab the desktop app from the Microsoft Store.

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