Jason Rich's Featured App of the Week

Learn How to Listen to Podcasts (for Free) Using Your Smartphone

April 12, 2020 Jason R. Rich Season 1 Episode 11
Jason Rich's Featured App of the Week
Learn How to Listen to Podcasts (for Free) Using Your Smartphone
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Jason Rich's Featured App of the Week
Learn How to Listen to Podcasts (for Free) Using Your Smartphone
Apr 12, 2020 Season 1 Episode 11
Jason R. Rich

This episode explains how to find and enjoy your favorite podcasts using your iPhone, iPad, or Android-based mobile device. You'll learn about the Apple Podcasts and Google Podcasts mobile apps, as well as optional podcast player apps, such as: Spotify, Pandora, Stitcher, iHeart Radio, TuneIn, Overcast, and SoundCloud.

Using a smartphone or tablet to enjoy your favorite podcasts allow you to listen on-demand, whenever and wherever you want. There are more than 900,000 podcasts available. for free, via the Internet. Find out how to find the ones you should be listening to, based on your personal interests.

The following are website links to the podcast player mobile apps and services discussed in this episode:

As always, if you found this information helpful, please subscribe to this podcast and share details about it with your friends. Also, be sure to leave it a positive rating or review. Also, please visit Jason Rich's website at www.JasonRich.com to learn all about his various books and articles.

Thanks for listening!

Show Notes Transcript

This episode explains how to find and enjoy your favorite podcasts using your iPhone, iPad, or Android-based mobile device. You'll learn about the Apple Podcasts and Google Podcasts mobile apps, as well as optional podcast player apps, such as: Spotify, Pandora, Stitcher, iHeart Radio, TuneIn, Overcast, and SoundCloud.

Using a smartphone or tablet to enjoy your favorite podcasts allow you to listen on-demand, whenever and wherever you want. There are more than 900,000 podcasts available. for free, via the Internet. Find out how to find the ones you should be listening to, based on your personal interests.

The following are website links to the podcast player mobile apps and services discussed in this episode:

As always, if you found this information helpful, please subscribe to this podcast and share details about it with your friends. Also, be sure to leave it a positive rating or review. Also, please visit Jason Rich's website at www.JasonRich.com to learn all about his various books and articles.

Thanks for listening!

Featured App of the Week – Episode #11

Welcome back to the Featured App of the Week podcast. I’m Jason Rich. This focus of this episode is on how to use your smartphone to find, download or stream, and then enjoy your favorite podcasts.

A podcast is like a radio show that’s distributed for free via the Internet and that’s available to you on-demand. It’s typically produced in an episodic format, with new episodes released on a regular schedule. 

A podcast episode is typically anywhere from just a few minutes long, like each episode of Featured App of the Week, to an hour or two long, depending on the podcast’s show format and subject matter. 

Many podcast episodes, however, are approximately 25 to 30 minutes in length, because this is the average amount of time people commute to work, take walks, walk their dogs, exercise, or prepare meals, for example, which is often when we listen to our favorite podcasts.

What’s great about podcasts is that they’re free to listen to, and they’re available whenever and wherever we want to enjoy them. 

You can stream a podcast’s episodes directly from the Internet or download one or more episodes to the podcast player you’re using, and then listen to it at your convenience, whether or not an Internet connection is later available.

As of early-2020, it was determined that more than 900,000 podcasts and 28 million podcast episodes exist and are readily available via the Internet. 

There are podcasts that cover many different niche subjects, so whatever you’re interests, chances are you’ll easily be able to find and enjoy a podcast that will inform, educate, and/or entertain you, and that’ll be directly of interest to you. 

As a smartphone or tablet user, the easiest way to find and enjoy podcasts is to use the podcast player that comes preinstalled on your mobile device. If you’re an iPhone user, you’ll use the Apple Podcasts app, which is also available for free via the App Store.

If you’re an Android mobile device user, you’ll use the Google Podcasts app which comes pre-installed on Android mobile devices, but it’s also available for iPhones and iPads as an option from the App Store.

A podcast player, such as Apple Podcasts or Google Podcasts serves multiple purposes related to podcasts. These apps give you free access to massive podcast directories, so you can easily find podcasts to listen to in several different ways.

For example, when you tap on the Search icon that’s displayed at the bottom of the Apple Podcasts app, within the Search field, type any keyword or subject matter related to a podcast you’re interested in. 

When your search results are displayed, tap on one listing at a time to learn more about that podcast, begin listening to its episodes, or subscribe, for free, to that podcast.

By tapping on the Browse icon that’s displayed at the bottom of the Apple Podcasts app, you can find podcasts based on genre, or that are listed under a curated heading, such as New and Noteworthy, Good for the Soul, Boredom Busters, or Top Shows.

There’s also a continuously updated Top Episodes listing, so you can see what other people around the world are listening to and easily discover what’s popular. 

Yet another way to search for podcasts to listen to is by Category. Apple Podcasts and Google Podcasts divide all of the podcasts in their respective directories into more than two dozen categories, like: News, Comedy, Sports, History, True Crime, Fiction, Science, Technology, and TV and Film.

Once you discover a podcast you want to experience, consider listening to its trailer episode first. Like a movie trailer, this is a one to three minute mini-episode that describes what the podcast is all about and who it will appeal to.

You can also pay attention to a podcast’s average star-based rating and reviews. Anyone who listens to a podcast can rate it between one and five stars, with five stars being the highest rating. The average star-based rating shows you at a glance how many people have rated the podcast, and what the average rating is.

A podcast’s reviews are text-based and written by listeners like you, who share their feedback and thoughts about a podcast for everyone else to see.

Since many podcast listeners rely so heavily on a podcast’s average star-based ratings and reviews, consider doing your part and rating and/or reviewing the podcasts you listen to. 

When you rate or review the podcasts, the process takes just a few minutes and really helps both the podcasters who produce the podcasts and your fellow podcast listeners.

Meanwhile, as you read a podcast’s description, you’ll notice a Subscribe button displayed. Subscribing to a podcast is free. 

When you subscribe, you’ll receive a message every time a new episode of your favorite podcasts are published, and your podcast player will automatically download the new episodes, so they’ll be available for you to listen to whenever you want to hear them.

Subscribing to a podcast helps to ensure you won’t miss an episode, and that you’re among the first people to be able to hear the newest episodes of the podcasts your subscribed to.

For smartphones and tablets, I already mentioned that Apple Podcasts and Google Podcasts are the two most popular podcast player apps and podcast directories. However, you have many other options.

Available from the App Store for iPhones and iPads, or the Google Play Store for Android-based mobile devices, are many third-party podcast players. 

Some of the more popular options include: Spotify, Pandora, Stitcher, iHeart Radio, TuneIn, Overcast, and SoundCloud, but there are many others. 

These days, most podcasts are available on all of the popular podcast players and listed within all of the podcast directories.

So, if you already use Spotify, Pandora, or iHeart Radio, for example, to listen to streaming music via the Internet, that same app can be used to find and listen to podcasts.

To find the various podcast players that work with your smartphone, if you’re an iPhone or iPad user, access the App Store. If you’re an Android-based mobile device user, visit the Google Play Store. Within the Search field, enter the keyword “podcast player,” and then scroll through the various listings.

When it comes to listening to podcasts, virtually all of the podcast players allow you to play, pause, fast-forward, or rewind as the audio is playing. You can also instantly jump to the previous or next episode of that podcast, or quickly switch to a different podcast altogether.

You’re also able to share details about podcasts with friends from within the podcast player app, and in some cases, read text-based transcripts of a podcast’s episode as you’re listening to it.

Most podcast episodes also include Show Notes or Episode Notes, which is text-based information about the podcast or podcast episode created by the podcast’s producers. 

Show Notes or Episode Notes typically offers more information about what you’re listening to.

For example, the Featured App of the Week podcast uses Episode Notes to include website links to each of the apps and online services described during each episode.

While you can listen to podcasts from a computer, smart TV, smart watch, or smart speaker, for example, many people find it convenient to enjoy their favorite podcasts using a podcast player app on their smartphone, because they can take the device with them wherever they go.

Plus, if your vehicle automatically links with your smartphone while you’re driving via Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, you can listen to your favorite podcasts via the infotainment system built into your car.

That’s it for this edition of Featured App of the Week. Now that you know how helpful it is to rate and review podcasts you enjoy, I hope you’ll consider leaving a positive rating and review for this podcast. Also, don’t forget to subscribe and share details about it with your friends.

Until next time, I’m Jason Rich. Thanks for listening!