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Kasts – convergent podcast software

Last Updated on February 21, 2023

Summary

Kasts is a very strong podcast player. The interface is good although could be tidied up particularly around the top section where there is too much spacing, and poor choice of positioning.

Kasts’ functionality is sufficient although there are a number of areas that warrant an overhaul.

Does Kasts replace Cantata as our recommended podcast player? The answer to that question is not yet. However, this is likely to change over time as Cantata is no longer under active development.

If Kasts adds a few more key features we can see it challenging Cantata for the top spot. While Kasts has the option to automatically download new podcasts, this isn’t a substitute for streaming support, a feature it sadly lacks. That’s something that Cantata offers, and it’s such an important factor in its favour.

Website: apps.kde.org/en-gb/kasts
Support: Source Code Repository
Developer: Tobias Fella, Bart Dr Vries
License: GNU General Public License v2.0 or later

Kasts is written in C++ and QML. Learn C++ with our recommended free books and free tutorials.

Pages in this article:
Page 1 – Introduction / Installation
Page 2 – In Operation
Page 3 – Summary

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LightKnight
LightKnight
1 year ago

What does convergent really mean? More techno babble?

A Little GNOME
A Little GNOME
1 year ago
Reply to  LightKnight

Convergence means that a piece of software’s user interface can immediately adapt its user experience to the particularities of each type of device that it can run on (desktop, laptop, tablet, phone, etc).

Then again who would want to run KDE shizzle on a phone?

Wizo
Wizo
1 year ago
Reply to  A Little GNOME

Plasma Mobile is actually good

Ben
Ben
5 months ago
Reply to  LightKnight

Normally, apps are written for a Plasma desktop, or a Gnome desktop.

Convergent apps are more fluid – jack of all environments, but master of none (no point trying to use keyboard shortcuts to access a file menu or whatever – it’s usually a point and click/touch friendly interface).

Ben
Ben
5 months ago

Kasts offers me the option to stream – I don’t download podcasts now unless I want them archived.