When David Smith contacted me to ask if I was interested in testing Pod Wrangler, I couldn't get back to him fast enough. I had been waiting to try it since early June when he was a guest on CMD+Space. David has made some other apps you are familiar with: Check The Weather, Audiobooks, and Feed Wrangler.
Pod Wrangler is an extension of the Feed Wrangler ecosystem. Your subscriptions sync with Feed Wrangler's backend. This means fetching new feeds is nearly instantaneous (similar to Pocket Casts) . If you aren't a Feed Wrangler subscriber, you can still try out the app (it's free). A $1.99 in-app purchase is available if you need to listen to more than 5 shows (also removes ads and enables push notifications). Feed Wrangler is only $19 per year and it is my RSS backend of choice.
The goal of Pod Wrangler is to be friction free. When I think about how I use a podcast app, I realize that it's in my pocket the majority of the time. I basically start a show and then turn the display off.
As you can see, it's a minimal interface. It's simple to get around and do what you need to do. There isn't an option to make new playlists, but I never did that anyways. I basically want to know: What episodes are unheard and what is downloaded? I don't listen to enough podcasts to need to separate them out.
Subscribing to a show is dead simple as well. I also like the ability to add MP3 files via a link (Downcast has this ability as well). Is Pod Wrangler attemping to be the most fully featured podcast app on the market? No, it's the type app that David Smith wanted to use and he decided to let us use it too. This is similar to why Marco Arment built Instapaper. He built it for himself and then offered to to others.
If I had to write a tag line for Pod Wranger, I'd say that it's built by a podcast listener for podcast listeners. Since the app is free (with IAP), there is no reason not to try it.