Recast update - CarPlay, Watch app, iPad app, web app, custom app icons, and so much more ✨
We're super thrilled to announce the new update. And It's a good one! We've been up to a lot. Many new features, a new web app and with your help we were the #1 Product of the day / #1 Productivity Product of the month with our launch on Product Hunt. What a thrill and thank you all so much for your support.
So, onto the juicy bits:
🏎️ CarPlay Support: You can now enjoy recast seamlessly in your car with our CarPlay integration. Listen to your favorite podcasts while on the road, hands-free.
⌚️Apple Watch App: Stay connected to your recasts right from your wrist. We've launched the Recast Apple Watch app watchOS 10, making it easier than ever to control your recast experience while doing something else.
🤹 Interactive Widgets: With iOS17 you can have even more fun with recast on your home screen. Let us recommend new and interesting recasts or get your own little Castmi to delight you.
🪢 Embedding Recasts: Want to have a recast of your blogpost on your own website? No problem with our new embedding option.
🔥 iPad Support: It was always possible, but now it is even nicer. You can use the recast app on your iPad.
✨ Custom App Icons: We know you love our app icon, but now you can customise recast even more on your home screen with a set of new icons. More to come soon.
🎁 Recast Affiliate: Our new affiliate program lets you earn $ when people subscribe using your link. This works whether you have a big audience or just want to share with a friend. And you can gift 1 month free recastPro. They will love you forever!
🏎️ CarPlay Support
Recast is perfect for on the go. This is why we have added recast to CarPlay. Now, you can easily listen to your recasts while driving. Just open CarPlay, tab the recast icon, and start listening.
We have enabled all lists for CarPlay. You can listen to your own queue, to the trending and the new and noteworthy section, and of course to the recasts that are tailored personally to you, in the "for you" list.
⌚️Apple Watch App
Running around the house doing chores while listening to recasts? Or running outside? Or just hanging out? No problem.
With recast on your apple watch with WatchOS10, you can listen to all your recasts and many more wherever you are and whatever you do. No need to bring your phone, just click the recast icon on your watch and find what you want to listen to. Your own recast? Trending recasts? Tailored to you recast? They are all there for you to enjoy!
💻 Web App
Recast started as an iOS app. Mainly because we have awesome iOS engineers on our team. But the more users we got, the more people asked for recast to be available on other devices. So first steps first, we build an awesome, full featured web app.
With the recast web app, you can enjoy everything recast has to offer on your desktop and your android phone. Login here and check it out.
🤹 Interactive Widgets
Yes, we know, it is not always easy to remember to listen to recasts. Too much stuff is happening all around you. But, we've got a solution. Just add the recast widget to your home screen, and we will keep you updated on the newest recasts, have awesome suggestions for you, or you can choose our most fun widget and have Castmi, our meerkat delight your day.
The interactive widgets are available with iOS 17, and what makes them interactive is that you can press play on them and start listening to your next recast.
To set up the recast widget, just long press on your home screen till everything wiggles. Tab the plus button on the top left and navigate to the recast icon.
Here you will see all the different widget options and can select what suits your best.
Need more widgets? No problem. Just send us a note and let us know what you want to see. And with some magic, our engineers will build it and add it to the next update.
🪢 Embedding Recasts
This one has been one of the most requested features from the start. Being able to add a recast of your own blogpost to your own website.
Sure, there always were workarounds, but now we are making it super easy for everyone to get a beautifully designed and powerful embedded recast player directly from recast.
All you have to do is recast the blogpost, open the app on iOS or the web, click the share button and select "embed".
You will be able to copy the code of the player for this recast and just paste it into your codebase. And that's it.
The recast for your blogpost is responsive and works with all different screen sizes and devices so your readers (and now listeners) can get the most out of your amazing content, no matter where they listen from.
We are super excited to see what you will do with this recast player. And we would love to see (and hear) it too. Send us your websites with your embedded recast and all the feedback you have to email@example.com. We want to keep improving on the experience and need your feedback to know what we can do better and which features you want to have added to make it even better and easier for you to get your recasts onto your website.
🔥 iPad Support
Recast has been available for the iPad since the start. But now, it got a big design update and is now optimized for use on all iPad sizes.
And submit your own articles easily in the app or with the safari share sheet. Just navigate to an article in your safari browser and click the share button. You will find the recast icon in the app row. Just click it and we will add some magic and send the recast your way.
✨ Custom App Icons
One of my personal favourites and a feature I have been hoping for for a long time. Custom app icons. Now you can choose between the first set of amazingly cute app icons for your recast app. First up is a set of meerkats, our recast hosts. But soon there will be many more.
And if you have a wish for your perfect app icon, let us know and maybe you will find it in one of the next updates.
🎁 Recast Affiliate & Share Options
The recast affiliate program is a way for us to give back to people that love recast and share it with their audience. Some amazing people are already creating content about recast and now, they can be easily compensated for it.
And so can you if this is interesting for you. It is super simple. Just sign up to our affiliate program here and share your personal link with your audience. When they sign up, you will get 15% for their first 3 months.
Not an influencer with an audience? No problem. We have added a gift option to recast. In the iOS app or the web app, you can get your personal link and share it with friends. When they sign up, they get 1 month free recastPro. And they will forever love you for it. Just open recast, go to settings, and find your personal link under "share recast".
🐞 Some more improvements and bug fixes
Our amazing engineers are always working on making the recast experience better. The full list of bugs and improvements would be a bit too long, but here are some highlights:
Fixed the streaming issue with offline playback: The download for offline playback always worked, but the playback did not. Now this is fixed and you can enjoy your recast while offline.
Improved swiping on trending recasts: It has been a bit strange, but now, swiping on the horizontal row of trending recasts has become much smoother.
Much improved performance: This is a constant one for us, improving the performance. Everything is now running faster and more stable.
That's it, for now ❤️
Sooo, that was a long one. Thanks for reading through it. We are so super excited about all these new recast features and experiences.
As always, please send us your thoughts, your ideas, your feedback. Your input helps us to improve recast even more. We read everything and try to reply as fast as possible.