How to Listen to Podcasts
Thanks to the increasing trend, the number of podcasts available today isimmeasurable. With so many new podcasts popping up each day, you’re bound to findat least one that interests you.
Of course, you also have to find a way to listen to podcasts. Luckily,the podcast streaming industry is booming in kind, with numerous ways to keeptrack of your favorite shows. And if you’re not certain about how to startlistening to podcasts, this write-up has all the information you need.
How to Listen to Podcasts on iPhone
To be able to listen to podcasts on your iPhone or iPad, you’ll need to install a dedicated app. Since Apple has its own podcast streaming service, that’s the easiest way to go. The app in question is Apple Podcasts and it’s available for download at the App Store. After installing the app on your iPhone, open it and look for some podcasts.
If you’re not sure which podcast to listen to, tap “Browse.” You’ll finddifferent podcast categories and genres. You can also look into the “Featured”section to see what’s hot right now. If you know exactly which podcast you’relooking for, simply tap the “Search” field and enter the name of the podcast orthe broadcaster. Of course, you can search by genre as well.
Besides Apple Podcasts, you can also use third-party apps and services. They work pretty much the same except for the content. One of the largest audio streaming services today is Spotify, which has many exclusive podcasts.
How to Listen to Podcasts on Android
Just like with iOS devices, you’ll need to use a dedicated app on your Android to listen to podcasts. You can start by installing Google Podcasts in Google Play. When you open the app, tap the “Explore” icon (like a magnifying glass).
This menu allows you to search podcasts by name, author, or genre, aswell as browse various categories. When you find a podcast you’d like to listento, simply tap the “plus” icon on the podcast’s cover art. This will add thepodcast to your subscription list so you can return to the podcast whenever.
When you’re done, tap the “Home” button in the bottom left corner. Thismenu lists the episodes of each of the podcasts that you follow in the order ofrelease. The newest episodes will appear at the top of the list. This is a greatway to keep track of new content, you may agree.
How to Listen to Podcasts on a Windows, Mac, orChromebook Computer
To listen to podcasts on any computer desktop or laptop, you can eitheruse web players or install a dedicated app.
Using a web browser to listen to podcasts is probably the most convenient. Since playing podcasts is a pretty simple task, web players offer almost all options as found in standalone apps. Some of the best websites for this experience are Google Podcasts, Podbean, Stitcher, and Spotify.
In particular, Podbean and Stitcher will require you to log in to listento any content intended for those 18 and up. Of course, creating a profile is bothfree and easy and should take just a minute or two to complete.
If you don’t want to play podcasts on a browser, you can always downloadand install a podcast app for your computer. Any of the podcast servicesmentioned above have an app for computers as well. Visit the website, installthe app, and enjoy.
How to Listen to Podcasts on Sonos
Besides being small works of art, their speakers are also quiteconvenient to use. Interestingly enough, most Sonos speakers don’t come with integratedBluetooth. That being said, they have Wi-Fi connectivity for syncing with anydevice.
You can use certain podcast streaming services with your Sonos speakers. TuneIn and Pocket Casts are official Sonos partners, so hop over to the respective website and create your account. Since TuneIn is already in the Sonos controller app, the process is super simple.
- Open the Sonos app on your mobiledevice. It’s available for both Androidand iOS.
- Tap the “Search” tab.
- Tap “Podcasts & Shows.”
- Now look for the podcastthat you want to listen to using the search bar. You can also tap the “Browser”tab to find new podcasts and shows.
Sonos can also connect to any mobile device. To listen to podcasts fromyour iPhone, simply connect it to the Sonos speaker over AirPlay. It’s not thatsimple with Android devices, as you can see below.
- Create the “Podcasts”folder in the root directory of your Android device.
- Download podcasts to thisfolder.
- Open the Sonos app on yourAndroid.
- Tap the “Browse” tab.
- Tap “On This Device.”
- Tap “Podcasts.”
- Choose the episode you wantto listen to and press “Play.”
How to Listen to Podcasts Offline
Listening to podcasts in offline mode is easy to achieve. Almost anypodcast streaming platform allows you to download podcast episodes. Just lookfor the download button next to each episode. Once you’ve downloaded a podcastepisode, you can either play it in your preferred podcast app or use an audioplayer of your choice.
How to Listen to Podcasts on Apple Watch
Recognizing the demand, Apple Watches come with a pre-installed podcastapp. The app automatically syncs one episode of each of the top ten podcastshows in your iPhone’s Listen Now app. This way you’ll have hours ofentertainment without having to do anything.
If you want to listen to a specific podcast, you can do that as well.
- Start the “Apple Watch” appon your iPhone.
- Tap the “My Watch” option.
- Now tap “Podcasts.”
- Tap “Custom.”
- Finally, tap to enable the podcastsyou’d like to have on your Apple Watch.
Your Apple Watch will sync up to three episodes of the podcasts selected.To refresh the episode list, simply tap “Up Next.” If there are any newepisodes, they’ll appear on your Apple Watch.
Where can I find good new podcasts?
To be able to attract new listeners, podcast streaming platforms come up with various lists that can show you trending podcasts. Also, you can find curated suggestions in most podcast apps. If you’re looking for a podcast in a certain genre, simply use the app to search for relevant shows.
How do I subscribe to podcasts to always get the most recent?
Most apps allow you to add podcasts to your subscriptions or favorites list. Whenever a new episode comes out, you’ll be able to see it in the app or even get a notification. It all depends on the platform that you’re using to listen to podcasts.
Are podcasts free?
Yes. The very purpose of podcasts is to provide information and entertainment without any kind of gatekeeping. Of course, there could be certain exclusive shows that rely on a subscription-based model. So far, this is more an anomaly than the norm.
Podcasts on Your Terms
Hopefully, now you know how to listen to podcasts on almost any platform.You can use your computer, speakers, mobile device, or even an Apple Watch tokeep up with your favorite shows. Of course, if you don’t want to spend yourmobile data on hours of podcasts, you can download them for offline enjoyment.
Which platform do you find most comfortable for listening to podcasts? Doyou have any favorite podcasts that you don’t mind sharing? Please share yourthoughts in the comments below.