Guide to the Best Podcast Apps
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Which is the Best Podcast for you?
Whether you have a long commute and want to pass the time quicker or you're interested in learning something new, podcasts are always a good idea. Kind of like when families used to gather around the radio to hear stories, podcasters upload a new episode each week covering current events, telling stories, or just regaling audiences about their cinematic experiences with the latest Hollywood blockbuster. There are plenty of topics to cover in podcasts and plenty of places to stream them. Optimum Mobile has all of the information you need to start streaming podcasts.
Apple Podcast App
If you're an Apple user, your iPhone, iPad, and Macbook laptop have an app called Apple Podcasts. Apple has millions of podcasts from some of the biggest names and independent podcasters, all at your disposal. You can personalize your listening experience and get shows recommended to you that fit your taste. You can find your favorite podcasts in the "Channels" section, here you can see new and old episodes from the podcast you subscribe to and discover new ones that are recommended to you. Or you can discover podcasts in the "Top Charts" section, where you can see the top trending episodes and podcasts.
Apple Podcasts are free to listen to but if you get a subscription to the service you can purchase premium content from your favorite creators to get exclusive bonus content like extra episodes, access to new episodes and shows early, and ad-free listening. Prices vary depending on the creator but can start at $.49 cents.
Spotify isn't just a music streaming platform! Once you're finished reviewing your top songs of the year, you can check out a long list of available podcasts through the Spotify app. Through the Spotify podcast app, you can listen to your favorites while also getting recommendations on new ones! You have the ability to save good podcasts you like and new episodes of the podcast will automatically save so you can listen as soon as the new episode is released. Download podcast episodes so you can listen offline, which is perfect for a long car ride or when you're on a plane!
Spotify Original Podcasts
Engage in exclusive Spotify podcast originals, these exclusive podcasts are not available on other platforms. A few Spotify Originals are:
- Renegades: Born in the U.S.A. from Barack Obama and Bruce Springsteen
- The Michelle Obama Podcast from Michelle Obama herself
- Archwell Audio from the Duke and Duchess of Sussex: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
Spotify podcasts are available to all users, but Spotify’s premium packages can receive the podcasts without ads.
Whether you have an iPhone or an Android, everyone can listen to their favorite podcasts through Google Podcasts. Explore podcast recommendations and browse top trending podcasts and genres to discover something new. Customize your listening experience by adding podcast episodes to your queue for seamless listening, listen faster but adjusting playback speeds or skip over silences, and track your listening history to easily return to old episodes.
Stream shows on multiple devices without losing your place in an episode and download podcasts to listen offline anytime, anywhere. Subscribe and listen to all of the best podcasts on Google Play for free!
The Stitcher podcast app is 100% devoted to podcasts and their selection of over 260,000 podcasts gives you a lot to listen to. Personalize your listening experience, organize your favorite podcasts in custom groups to listen to new episodes, and manage downloads from Stitcher with ease. Queue up your next few podcast episodes, customize your controls to fast forward or rewind as much or as little as you want, and if you need some help going to sleep you can set a sleep timer through the app and fall asleep to a podcast.
Stitcher is free with ads but the premium subscription is $4.99 a month. With the premium package, you receive ad-free listening, bonus episodes from your favorite podcasters, early access to the best Stitcher podcasts, and monthly merchandise giveaways.
Next time you’re hopping in the car or need something to listen to while you clean the house, throw on a podcast from one of these great apps and platforms.
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