Google is dropping Google Podcasts and enrolling users in YouTube Music. Google Podcasts was adequate, although it sent many notifications, some pointless, and did not carry all the podcasts I wanted.
I decided to deal with this before the app and service disappear. I changed podcatchers again,. This time I am trying Podcast Addict.
A podcast app works when the app can connect users to sites where a user can download or stream a podcast. A podcast app is not rewarding to a developer if the developer cannot earn revenue, which means a devloper can try to charge for the a full featured “pro” app, advertising, collecting and selling data. Some developers aim to build a user base and sell the app.
The reviews of podcatcher apps or any Android apps in internet publications are limited. The Alphabet/Google Android Play Store mainly says how many time an app has been downloaded. A developer shares revenue with Alphabet, to get in the Google Play store but works on spec (i.e. hope). The user reviews in the Play store may note problems in whether an app seems to perform like a user may have expected. Play store reviews can be gamed.
Podcast Addict is different from Google Podcasts. I had to learn its interface and methods. I paid to remove ads, but decided not to pay for a subscription.
My choice allowed me to delete Google Podcasts and the BBC App.