I've tried all the indie podcast listening apps on iOS and always come back to the Apple Podcasts app. The things I don't care about:

    • syncing

      • I don't want podcasts taking up space on my laptop, where I never listen to podcasts

      • I don't listen to podcasts on any device other than my iPhone, so I don't need position syncing

    • increase or decrease in speed

Things I do care about:

    • subscriptions

    • background downloading

    • background playback

    • cover art

      • remember when you could embed different cover art based on the position of the track?

Podcasts I'm not interested in (there are always exceptions):

    • people talking to each other podcasts

      • exception: the MetaFilter podcast. In the span of an hour I get caught up on the month's links at the community site

    • "Turns Out" podcasts (credit to Marco Arment for the phrase). You know, the science or "interesting things" podcasts where they say "It turns out that" a few minutes in.

I can only listen to podcasts while doing something like:

    • walking/running

    • driving (if I drove for any length)

    • doing the dishes, tidying up

Some people can do it while working, but not me.