9to5 Mac is reporting that the Instacast podcast app has been “discontinued.” As the website says:
Popular podcasting app Instacast for iOS and Mac is shutting down as the founders can no longer fund it or any of Vemedio’s other projects.
Vemedio’s website now displays nothing more than an icon with the word Discontinued underneath it.
9to5 Mac shows an email received by a customer, where the developer states that he “ran out of funds to keep the project going.”
I’ve long recommended Instacast as an alternative to using iTunes for podcasts. I found it to be a well-designed app, and it was much easier to use for managing podcasts than iTunes. Alas, it’s too difficult to compete in the podcast sector these days.
Personally, I’ve been using Overcast since it was released last summer. I only listen to podcasts on my iPhone, and Overcast’s wonderful speed feature makes listening much better than with other apps. While Overcast’s podcast management features may not be as good for people who listen to a lot of podcasts – and especially for those who want to keep some of their podcasts – it’s clearly the best sounding podcast app.