Apple’s New Podcasts App Drops, Generates Buzz

Apple’s long-awaited “Podcasts” app arrived on iTunes today and music lovers are already reacting to the unadulterated awesomeness of the newest offering from the Cupertino, California-based tech giant.

Apple calls the new app the easiest way to discover, subscribe to and play your favorite podcasts on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

Explore hundreds of thousands of free audio and video podcasts from the Podcasts Catalog, and play the most popular podcasts, organized for you by topic, with the all-new Top Stations feature.

The new app, which requires an iDevice running iOS 5.1 or later, serves up such features as:

  • Browse by Audio or Video podcasts, or see what’s most popular in Top Charts
  • Tap subscribe for your favorites and automatically receive new episodes for free as they become available
  • Stream episodes or download to listen while offline
  • Skip forward and back using simple playback controls
  • Turn on Sleep Timer to automatically stop playing a podcast while listening in bed
  • Share your favorite episodes with friends using Twitter, Messages and Mail
  • Optionally sync your favorite episodes from iTunes on your Mac or PC
  • Sync your episode playback for seamless transition between devices

To check out the hot new app for yourself, click here.