Supertop Podcast

Supertop Podcast
Behind the scenes at Supertop as Pádraig and Oisín reflect on their work as indie developers.

Finale: Supertop & Friends
Jul 12, 2019 • 136 min
In the finale of the Supertop Podcast we discuss Pádraig leaving Castro and look back over 7 years of Supertop, with a little help from our friends.
42: The Aforementioned Share Sheet of Doom
Jun 3, 2019 • 64 min
Oisín and Pádraig discuss the new clip sharing feature in Castro, some changes to Castro Plus pricing, Panic’s Playdate console and WWDC.
41: Top Picks
Apr 4, 2019 • 32 min
Oisín and Pádraig discuss Top Picks, the new Castro feature that helps surface the best episodes in your inbox.
40: Spotify vs. Apple
Mar 22, 2019 • 41 min
We talk about additional improvements to discovery in Castro, including featured collections. We also discuss Spotify’s complaint filed with the European Commission alleging that Apple uses anti-competitive business practices.
39: Castro Updates & Spotify’s Podcasting Play
Mar 8, 2019 • 48 min
We discuss improvements to search and discovery in Castro, and what Spotify’s recent acquisitions might mean for the future of indie podcast apps.
38: We Sold Castro!
Dec 12, 2018 • 43 min
Pádraig and Oisín discuss selling a majority stake in Castro to Tiny.
37: More Users or More Subscribers?
Oct 29, 2018 • 49 min
We discuss how we can better introduce the features of Castro and improve the Castro Plus subscription pitch. To do that we need to understand how people are using the app and measure how well the changes we make are working.
36: CarPlay, Drag & Drop, Castro 3.1, Panoply, and Subscriber Counts
Aug 14, 2018 • 45 min
Padraig has a new CarPlay unit to debug with. We reflect on the work we did for Drag & Drop last summer. Castro 3.1 is out with Sideloading and Chapter Preselection. We discuss a new targeted marketing platform from Panoply, and the (in)accuracy of…
35: Castro Updates, China, and Anchor
Jul 27, 2018 • 33 min
We discuss the just released Castro 3.0.4 and what’s coming in 3.1, as well as trying to improve Castro’s performance in China, and thoughts on Anchor.
34: No Official Raccoon Subscribers (Yet)
Jul 13, 2018 • 20 min
We discuss subscriber projections for Castro and things we’ve been doing at Supertop to keep us motivated on the road to sustainability.
33: Launching Castro 3
Jun 14, 2018 • 46 min
We discuss the launch of Castro 3: pre-launch drama, launch day emotions, subscription feedback, reviews, and thoughts about future updates.
32: Castro 3 Wrap Up
Apr 27, 2018 • 34 min
Oisin and Padraig discuss the wrap-up of Castro 3 development and reveal the features that current Castro users can expect in 3.0
31: Subscription Antics
Mar 29, 2018 • 28 min
We give an overview of why we feel good about moving to subscription pricing for Castro and then discuss some of the issues we’ve experienced preparing for the transition.
30: Redesigning The Player
Feb 27, 2018 • 33 min
Oisín and Pádraig follow up on feedback about moving Castro to a subscription business model, then discuss the work they’ve been doing on Castro 3.
29: Castro 3’s Business Model
Jan 30, 2018 • 40 min
Oisín & Pádraig discuss the different options for Castro 3’s business model and the reasons behind the model they’ve chosen.
28: iPhone X Dark Mode, Castro 2.6 and App Store Pre-Orders
Dec 21, 2017 • 31 min
Oisin’s iPhone X is stolen by Mexican police. We discuss apps using black backgrounds on the X’s OLED screen for dark modes, the launch of Castro 2.6’s backup / restore feature (including a daring live performance of Padraig restoring his main device) and…
27: Owning The Notch
Nov 28, 2017 • 46 min
Oisín has an iPhone X. We discuss the new phone and how having the device in hand changed Castro’s status bar strategy.
26: Status Bar Strategy
Oct 31, 2017 • 41 min
Oisín is in Canada. We discuss the latest Castro updates, the Release Notes conference, the Notch, and as we start work on Castro 3, we share some thoughts on how our process has changed since we started Castro 2 three years ago.
25: Drag & Drop
Sep 25, 2017 • 36 min
Padraig and Oisin discuss how drag & drop in iOS 11 simplifies workflows and makes the most of multi-touch. We dive into the design issues we faced while integrating drag & drop with Castro 2.5, and then we don’t talk about The Notch.
24: We Sold Unread!
Aug 2, 2017 • 25 min
We sold Unread, our RSS News Reader for iPhone and iPad. We’re joined by the new owner, John Brayton of Golden Hill Software to discuss the transition and his plans for the future of the app.
23: We Sold Tokens and Top Hat!
Jul 27, 2017 • 34 min
We sold our iTunes promo code management app, Tokens, and our sales reporting app, Top Hat. We’re joined by the new owner, Denis Hennessy, who tells us about his company, shares his thoughts on being an indie developer and teases some plans for Tokens.
22: 50% Responsible
Jul 11, 2017 • 27 min
Pádraig and Oisín discuss the amount of time they spend not programming and what it’s like working as a team instead of solo.
21: What’s New in Podcasting
Jun 27, 2017 • 34 min
Oisín and Pádraig discuss the podcasting and App Store announcements at WWDC17.
20: What Next for Unread, Tokens and Top Hat?
Jun 1, 2017 • 31 min
Oisin and Padraig introduce Castro 2.4 and then discuss plans for our other Supertop apps, Top Hat, Tokens and Unread. We try to figure out what kind of focus Supertop should have and decide that we’re probably not a developer tools company.
19: The Future of Podcasting
May 12, 2017 • 39 min
A year after The New York Times published an article on the growth of podcasting, we discuss the current state of the medium and what the future may hold.
18: A Contiguous Dumpster Fire
Apr 10, 2017 • 33 min
We’re joined by Jared Sinclair to discuss his new app, Stormcrow, and the best way to approach hobbies and side projects. Then we discuss what’s needed from social features in podcast apps, and what the future of Supertop might look like.
17: Tragedy Of The Commons
Mar 16, 2017 • 33 min
Pádraig and Oisín discuss triage in Castro and other podcast apps, complain about improperly implemented HTTP caching techniques and remember a puddle in Newcastle.
16: Woo People With Our UI Skillz
Feb 28, 2017 • 40 min
We discuss Castro 2.3 (and what’s coming in 2.4), Overcast 3, and Iconfactory’s Kickstarter campaign for Twitterific.
15: Lots of Likes and Retweets
Feb 14, 2017 • 35 min
We discuss feedback to our App Store Review Prompts blog post, ideas for improving Castro’s notifications, answer a listener question about open source, and more.
14: Does This Computer Have a Soul?
Jan 31, 2017 • 48 min
Oisin’s AirPods, Apple’s two new app store features: the ability for app owners to respond to reviews and a system ratings dialog in iOS. Then, bug of the week and we recommend some podcast episodes.
13: Jimmy, Get an iPhone
Jan 18, 2017 • 56 min
Pádraig and Oisín recount stories of their first iPhones and reflect on how indie development has changed over the past 10 years.
12: Beard-forming Microphones
Jan 3, 2017 • 69 min
Pádraig and Oisín discuss gifts, Castro’s surprisingly good performance in December, thoughts on Swift and New Year’s resolutions.
11: Doom, I Guess
Dec 19, 2016 • 42 min
We follow up on the Castro 2.2 launch and explore options for increasing Supertop’s revenue.
10: Catch-Up Pony
Dec 6, 2016 • 50 min
We discuss Castro 2.2, give an update on the Doom Clock, follow up on Oisín’s Search Ads blog post, and ponder what Castro 2.3 should do.
9: Carrot and Stick (Úll 2016, Part 2)
Nov 24, 2016 • 35 min
Pádraig and Oisín continue discussing the Úll conference and reflect on topics like making decisions and advertising in apps.
8: Úll 2016, Part 1
Nov 7, 2016 • 33 min
Oisín reports to Pádraig about goings on at the Úll conference in Killarney, Ireland.
7: Siri and Her Friends
Oct 25, 2016 • 43 min
Padraig and Oisin discuss being offline for a weekend, apps entering maturity, Siri and what they would do if they weren’t working on Apple stuff.
6: Business Angle
Oct 11, 2016 • 39 min
Pádraig and Oisín focus on the business side of making apps.
5: Having a Chat in Some Kind of Hell with Jared Sinclair
Sep 26, 2016 • 76 min
Pádraig and Oisín are joined by Jared Sinclair to discuss side projects, podcast apps, the bottom pit of video game hell, and much more.
4: No Business Angle
Sep 12, 2016 • 29 min
Pádraig and Oisín reflect on making apps for love and no money.
3: Sounded Like Nirvana with Brent Simmons
Aug 29, 2016 • 37 min
Pádraig and Oisín are joined by Brent Simmons to discuss indie app development in the wake of Vesper shutting down.
2: No Promises
Aug 19, 2016 • 38 min
Pádraig and Oisín discuss the launch of Castro 2 and try not to make any promises.
1: Second System
Aug 11, 2016 • 58 min
Welcome to the first episode of the Supertop Podcast. Pádraig and Oisín prepare for the launch of Castro 2.0.