How to Listen to a Podcast: The Simple Guide
Podcasts are everywhere these days, and there are a huge range of topics to choose from. In recent years the quality has risen dramatically, as the podcasting space has grown up.
Many people still can’t quite figure out how to listen to a Podcast, though. Here we look at the different ways that you can listen to a podcast, from Smartphone to smart speaker.
Playing Podcasts on your Computer
The most obvious way to listen to a podcast is to play it directly through that podcast's website on your computer. Most Podcasts have a play function directly on their episode pages. Navigate to the podcast page, look for the play button, and listen.
As long as you have speakers or headphones connected up, this is an easy method. You can find a great range of computer speakers on Amazon that'll suit just about any budget.
Of course, the disadvantage is that you're stuck sitting in front of your computer, which can be a bit of a chore when it's an hour-long show. But, if it's a short episode, or you can play the podcast through your PC speakers while doing something else around the house, then it can be a quick and reliable.
Listening to Podcasts on your Smartphone
The most convenient way to listen to a podcast is through a mobile device, and there are a range of devices that can do it. First off, if you have a smartphone, you have an ideal podcast listening platform right in your pocket.
Use the Apple Podcasts app if you're on an iPhone or and Ipod - it's on there already, just search for the little purple icon. Otherwise, if you're on Android or Windows, download a podcasting app. Then, subscribe to a show in there, and away you go.
You'll need a good set of headphones for listening on the go, so read about our favourites here.
How to Listen to Podcasts in the Car
The car is the most common place to listen to a podcast. It makes sense - it was always a big radio listening space, and Podcasting is the new radio.
But, how do you listen to a podcast in the car? First is via Bluetooth connection. Most modern cars are set up to connect to your phone so that you can make hands-free calls. That same connection can also play audio from your phone. So, connect via Bluetooth as normal, and then play something from your Podcast app. Does it play over the speakers? Great!
No Bluetooth? Try a Cable
Next, if that doesn’t work, then an even more common car feature is an ‘aux in’ or a ‘line in’ port. It looks just like a headphone jack and all you need is something like this 3.5mm to 3.5mm cable to connect your phone to your car.
As a last resort, some people use radio devices to basically broadcast your phone’s output on a particular frequency, then you can tune into that on your car radio. Or, remember those tape deck connectors for the really old school?
How to Listen to a Podcast on a Smart Speaker
You can't have missed the smart speakers that have started coming out of some of the biggest companies around. Google has the Google Home, Amazon has the Echo and more are being announced every month.
Any Bluetooth speaker will allow you to listen to material from your smartphone, so both the Home and the Echo can play that way. But, the Echo in particular is great in that it ties in with TuneIn Radio. Tell your Echo, "Alexa, play The Tim Ferriss show on TuneIn" and the Echo will automatically play the latest episode. It's so easy!
How Do I Subscribe to a Podcast?
Subscribing is where the power of podcasting really kicks in. When you subscribe, shows start automatically coming to you. Next time you load up your app, the latest episodes are all there, ready to listen to. It's amazing!
If you're listening on your computer, then the easiest way to subscribe is through the iTunes app. It's available for Mac or PC.
If you're on your smartphone, then simply use your mobile listening app (our favourites here)! The Apple Podcasts app on iPhone allows you to subscribe, super easily, and the other types of phone have similar apps.
To explore exactly how to subscribe on each platform, click a button below.