My Podcast app historyYears ago, I used to use Doggcatcher. I can't even remember which apps I used before that. I'd evaluated others, including "everybody's favourite" PocketCasts, but few had the sort of control and customisation I was looking for. Then, in around 2011 or so, following an online discussion about podcatchers, I decided to try out BeyondPod 2.x, and was hooked, despite some quirks in the UI.
Version 3 was in beta at the time, and resolved many of those from my point of view; one thing led to another, and I agreed to work for BeyondPod's developer for a few hours per week, mostly handling support in their online forum (technically as a self-employed consultant, mostly just because it made international payments that much easier).
In my opinion, Version 4 had some different UI issues, but it did have a lot of functionality that worked for me, and I didn't actually see the UI much in day-to-day use, because for me a Podcast app isn't something that I spend a lot of time interacting with. I just play my downloaded podcasts. I may see the player, and occasionally add or delete feeds, or tinker with my playlists sometimes, but that's about it.