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Android tablets are great for listening to podcasts, and DoggCatcher is a great way to do so. Once you subscribe to podcasts of interest, the app downloads new episodes when they appear and handles playback simply. You can incrementally speed up the playback to get through long podcasts in much less time.
DoggCatcher has a good library of podcasts to help you find what you like, and you can search for specific shows right in the app.
In addition to handling podcasts nicely, the app can handle RSS news feeds, too. I've never used it for that, preferring to use it as my podcast app of choice.
Google Play Music
I listen to music all the time on the Note 8.0 tablet and the Play Music app is very nice. The big display of the tablet makes it a breeze to search through my large music collection, which is stored in the Google cloud. Google's Listen Now service, which is Google's music streaming service, has a large collection and is as good as the recently launched iTune Radio service.
Twitter apps are a dime a dozen. but Plume Premium is the best of the lot for tablets. Its multi-column display is perfect for the tablet screen in landscape yet it works equally well in portrait.
Plume supports all standard Twitter functions and augments them with features to make it easier to work with Twitter.
Plume Premium is $4.99 on the Google Play Store (there is a free version available with ads)