Overcast is one of the best podcasting apps on the market, introducing a new feature designed to make it even more useful for listeners: the ability to share clips of episodes for online sharing.
With the latest update to the app, users can turn a podcast excerpt into a short video that can then be shared on social media (or via email or SMS). Marco Arment, founder of Developer and Overcast, notes in a blog post that podcast episodes have been shared for a long time, but this was a cumbersome process and it's easier to share a short video than an audio connection.
To share a clip in the app, click the sharing icon in the top right corner and select the "Split Clip" option. This will take you to the UI to select the desired segment of the episode you are listening to. You can then customize it a bit to share it as direct audio, vertical video, landscape or square video and, if desired, add a "shared from overcast" badge.
Arment uses his post as an opportunity to dull for the health of the parent podcasting industry when he missed a stab at the recently-founded startup Luminary, which was kicked off earlier this week with a loud impact. This app has been released with significant support from venture capitalists. It was branded the "Netflix of Podcasting" and came with a large number of premium shows. However, since the app also started with a free tier that included existing shows, many developers felt that the app used their shows to encourage listeners to sign up for their exclusive listings. As a result, numerous studios have shown their shows.
In the podcasting world, Luminary's launch is seen as a threat to the previously open system in many countries. Arment says that "podcasting should be open and free so that proprietary, locked services can not be exploited," and sharing podcasts is not the easiest thing to do. Hopefully this update will make the exercise a bit easier ̵