Skeumorphic Design in new iOS Podcast app

As you may know, here at Quentin James Design, we love our podcasts. So we were really pleased when earlier today, Apple launched a beautifully designed, dedicated Podcast app for iOS devices running iOS 5.1 or higher.

The app allows users to stream and download podcast episodes, sync playback with other devices, discover and subscribe to new shows and more. According to Apple:

Podcasts app is 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 Podcast app feature list includes:

  • Enjoy all of your audio and video podcasts in a single app.
  • Explore hundreds of thousands of podcasts including shows in over 40 languages.
  • Try the innovative new Top Stations feature to find new podcast series in a variety of topics, including arts, business, comedy, music, news, sports, and more.
  • 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.

Apple iOS Podcast app featuring skeumorphic design.

All of this is delivered via an intuitive, skeumorphic interface design, which whilst playing a podcast, resembles an old skool reel-to-reel tape deck.

We really like the new design and the improved methods for discovering new, interesting content. The new Apple Podcast app is available from the iTunes store as a free download.