NEW WAYS TO LIS­TEN TO PODCASTS

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Podcasts first came to promi­nence when Ap­ple gave them shelf space in iTunes. Nowa­days, there are all man­ner of dif­fer­ent ways to get your podcast fix.

The smart speaker mak­ers rarely trum­pet the abil­ity to lis­ten to podcasts on their de­vices, but they’re get­ting in­creas­ingly bet­ter at it. If you’re an Ama­zon Alexa house­hold, add the TuneIn skill to your de­vices to get ac­cess to a vast li­brary of podcasts. Sim­ply ask Alexa to, say, “play the Freako­nomics Ra­dio podcast” and she will fer­ret off and find the lat­est episode.

If you can’t get Alexa to un­der­stand which podcast you want (it hap­pens), search through TuneIn’s podcast di­rec­tory from within the Alexa app and com­mence play­back from there. In the app, go to Music, Video & Books, se­lect TuneIn from the Music apps and then click Podcasts to lo­cate the search en­gine and podcast di­rec­tory.

Alexa will re­sume podcasts from where you left off, but only from the last lis­tened-to show. You can’t start Freako­nomics, dip into the PC Pro podcast, and then re­sume where you left off in Freako­nomics later.

Google has re­ally pol­ished its podcast game of late. Its Google Home de­vices pro­vide na­tive sup­port for podcast lis­ten­ing – just ask for the show you wish to lis­ten to. Google has also re­cently launched a new Podcasts app for An­droid. Within it­self, it’s pretty ba­sic. You can sub­scribe to shows, down­load episodes for off­line lis­ten­ing and that’s about it.

How­ever, it does let you re­sume lis­ten­ing from where you left off on your Google Home speaker, and vice versa. So if you’re lis­ten­ing to a show at home over break­fast and then shoot off for the com­mute to work, you don’t need to shuf­fle the episode time­line for­ward man­u­ally on your An­droid phone.

“If you’re an Alexa house­hold, add the TuneIn skill to your de­vices to get ac­cess to a vast li­brary of podcasts”

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