With Windows Phone 8 basically no longer supporting Podcasts, the need for a good 3rd party app has never been greater.
Good thing then that there are some good alternatives available.
One of the most rapidly improving ones if Podcatcher, which in its most recent iteration from version 1.3 to 2 added:
- Overall UI polish
- Import your subscriptions from gPodder.net.
- Subscribe to podcasts that require authentication.
- Improve player navigation UX so that back stepping history is not lost.
- Replace player pivot view with play history view for current and recent episodes.
- Tap now playing item to open player
- Tap recent item to open the subscription.
- Replace one action button in episodes with two separate buttons for play/stream and download.
- Do not lose download queue after restart.
- Make podcast episode list view more Windows Phone styles.
- Add pivot view to the subscription view to show all downloaded episodes.
- Show episode state next to the episode.
- Show download progress in the episode listings view.
- Improve audio handling when switching between Windows Phone apps.
- Compensate for lacking timestamp in feed; supported format is now also "Tue, 18 Dec 2012 06:34"
- Fix: Don’t lose bookmark when starting audio playback in some other app.
- Fix: Handle properly downloads that have been finished in the background.
- Fix: Support ESPN podcast episodes.
The app is $1.49 with a free trial and can be found in the Windows Phone Store here.