I’ve enjoyed listening to podcasts for years and though it seems intuitive to me on how to listen to a podcast I found that many people have either never listened to podcasts or don’t know where to find podcasts.
In preparation of our own podcast – Long Story Short: The Podcast – I wanted to put together a simple guide on how you can find podcasts to listen to on your phone, tablet or computer.
Do You Need an App to Listen to a Podcast?
The Apple Podcasts app is built into all Apple devices.
There is no need to download any other app to listen to a podcast on your iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch or Apple TV.
Android users also have a built-in app called Google Podcasts but research shows that it is very limited in its offering of podcast shows.
It is recommended that Android users download the Spotify app instead and use that app to listen to podcasts on the go.
What if you want to listen to a podcast on your desktop computer?
You absolutely can! Most podcast shows will have a website where the podcast is hosted and you can click play from their website to listen to the podcast.
Can You Watch a Podcast or Just Listen?
Podcasts are for listening. Think of it like a terrestrial radio show but it’s available on the internet any time, any place.
Are Podcasts Free?
Yes, podcasts are free.
Some podcast shows might offer special episodes exclusive to Patreon members (again, a paid membership) but for the most part podcasts are free entertainment.
When Should I Listen to a Podcast?
Listening to podcasts on your smartphone allows you to be mobile while listening. Personally, I listen to a majority of the podcasts I subscribe to either in my car or around the house. I like to clean or fold laundry, work in the backyard, garden, craft, go on walks, walk the dogs, grocery shop, whatever – all while listening to my favorite podcasts!
Why You Should Subscribe to a Podcast
If you find and like a podcast, you should definitely subscribe to it. This is free. You simply click the subscribe button in the podcast app.
Subscribing to your favorite podcasts allows your feed to update regularly when a new podcast is released. If you subscribe to Long Story Short: The Podcast you will have a brand new episode of our show in your podcast feed every Tuesday morning. No need to search for it week after week.