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Photo: goffkein.pro (Shutterstock) Apple Podcasts is the podcast app of choice for many iOS users, but don’t ask me why. Changes first made in iOS 14 turned it into an unbearable mess , and the hopes they would be fixed with the launch of iOS 15 last month were dashed when the update included only a few surface-level improvements. Sure, you can spend half an hour tweaking your settings to try to make Apple Podcasts better —but thankfully, you don’t have to stick with the native app if you’re fed up with the recent headaches. Podcasts continue to grow in popularity and, as a result, there are more top-tier podcast managers on the App Store than ever before. We’ve been on this beat for a while, and have a pair of definitive recommendations for the best apps to manage podcasts on your iPhone and/or iPad (and maybe even Android or desktop, too), as well as a few backup suggestions for those seeking a more novel podcast listening experience. Pocket Casts is the podcast app to beat Image: Pocket Casts Platforms: Free on iOS and Android; Plus Subscription ($1/month or $10/year) on iOS, Apple Watch, Android, Mac, Windows, and web. Pocket Casts brings together almost every useful feature found across pretty much every other podcast manager out there, plus plenty that are unique. The app also delivers them via a slick interface that’s easy to use—and best of all, it’s free. A few of the standout features include audio enhancement […]