Listen App

The first gesture-based podcast app for listeners on-the-go

#2 Product of the DayJanuary 15, 2019

Listen App is the first design-focused and gesture-based podcast app.

When you listen to podcasts, you are commuting, jogging, or maybe washing the dishes. In all cases, you prefer to use only one hand to find a new episode, add it to your queue, and continue without interruptions.

Reviews

  • Nik Kotov
    Nik KotovEngineer
    Pros: 

    Easy to use, great UI, variety of podcast sources and ability to import Podcasts via RSS.

    Cons: 

    None so far.

    I’ve been using this app for the last couple of months now and it’s been great. I personally like ability to add custom sources for those obscure, not so popular podcasts. The currated Search/Discover feature is pretty good if you are looking for something new to listen to. I’m glad I moved over from Apple Podcasts to Listen app.

    Nik Kotov has used this product for one month.
  • Vitaliy Rizhkov
    Vitaliy RizhkovInvest in startups
    Pros: 

    Great looking design, good UI, easy to use, pretty fast and slick.

    Cons: 

    New on the market.

    I love the experience I have with Listen. It is so much better than any podcast apps I have ever tried.

    Vitaliy Rizhkov has used this product for one month.

Discussion

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Ryan Hoover
Ryan HooverPro@rrhoover · Founder, Product Hunt
Gesture-based app makes a ton of sense for drivers
Jean-Patrick Labouyrie
Jean-Patrick Labouyrie@jpatlab · Hunter. And podcasts.
@rrhoover not-so-off-topic but: I think it is time for PH to have a podcasting category. 😉
Paul Mikhaylenko
Paul MikhaylenkoMaker@paulmikhaylenko · Cofounder @ Listenapp.co & @ Picr.com
@rrhoover Yes! and anyone commuting in that case. But I totally agree with @jpatlab, a podcasting category in PH would be great.
Paul Mikhaylenko
Paul MikhaylenkoMaker@paulmikhaylenko · Cofounder @ Listenapp.co & @ Picr.com
Hey there PH! 👋 🐈 Paul here, co-founder @ Listen As podcast enthusiasts and designers, we set out to create the best possible podcast app. 🙇‍♀️ After countless interviews and reading through tons of online forums and comments, we were able to outline the core experience and the on-the-go context of podcast consumption. 🏃‍♂️ We learned that podcasting is tapping into the last frontier of human attention: multi-tasking/on-the-go attention (70% are commuting). 🚗 🛫 🚅 🛵 ⛵️ 🤚 This led us to a gesture-based UI which allows the user to perform all the essential functions with one hand. 📲 When designing the app, we also prioritized the queue feature that allows you to easily add episodes into a dynamic list which you can easily access and rearrange. 😎 🧙‍♂️ Lots of other cool stuff: - Easily import your library. - Discover new shows based on what’s trending or search for a topic. - Your new episode feed allows you to sort and see progress for each episode. - Easily view the descriptions and decide if you want to add it to your queue or listen. - When listening, with one swipe, access your playlist and drag to rearrange. - Access previously listened to episodes. - Setup robust download and delete settings to keep your phone decluttered. ✔️ This app is free and there are no app ads. Ever. We wanted to give you something better and something the podcast industry deserves to have. Join us in the journey to make the best possible podcast experience. Would deeply appreciate your thoughts and support on this! Yours truly, Paul CEO & Cofounder of Listen App PS: @bramk, you’re a Rockstar! Thanks for helping us get the word out.
Michael Lajlev
Michael Lajlev@lajlev · Digital product designer
@paulmikhaylenko Thanks for a great podcast app. I miss an really important feature: Sticky sorting settings for each podcast. When I change sorting of episodes of a podcast it should remember that sorting. Sometimes I want to listen oldest first other podcast I want to listen to the most first. The design reminded me of https://lunarway.com
Shmully Wolfson
Shmully Wolfson@shmullywolfson
@paulmikhaylenko app pauses when in the background on iOS, is that intentional?
Shmully Wolfson
Shmully Wolfson@shmullywolfson
@paulmikhaylenko checked again, worked fine now. love it so far.
Paul Mikhaylenko
Paul MikhaylenkoMaker@paulmikhaylenko · Cofounder @ Listenapp.co & @ Picr.com
@lajlev Hey Michael, I added this to our list of updates ;) Thanks for the feedback!
Kirsten Lambertsen
Kirsten Lambertsen@mspseudolus · Engineer, Founder - Xapnik
A thing of beauty and much needed. This is how the podcast experience should be!
Paul Mikhaylenko
Paul MikhaylenkoMaker@paulmikhaylenko · Cofounder @ Listenapp.co & @ Picr.com
@mspseudolus Thank you so much!
Mark Miscavage
Mark Miscavage@markmiscavage
The main value prop display is "gesture based" - but aren't _all_ apps gesture based by nature? I feel you could say something more to the tune of: "...makes it 30% faster for 70% of us that just want to listen to podcasts without any of the interruptions the other 99% of apps give us using [x,y,z]..." - that would lure me in a bit more 😊
Paul Mikhaylenko
Paul MikhaylenkoMaker@paulmikhaylenko · Cofounder @ Listenapp.co & @ Picr.com
@markmiscavage Interesting, thanks for that. Pithy articulation is a gift.
Derek Ryokan
Derek Ryokan@edlil4c
Well done 👌