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Here’s a simple, painless, productive way to use leisure time to enhance your hobbies, activities or interests by joining the millions of podcast listeners who are enriching their professional, as well as personal, endeavors. If you aren’t an active podcast subscriber, this episode:
- Provides a simplified podcast definition,
- Discusses its benefits,
- Explains using iTunes to find interesting topics, and
- Offers a few podcast apps to get you started.
This episode starts with the assumption that the listener may not be familiar with the general concept of podcasting or the benefits provided by subscribing to podcasts.
Podcast benefits include:
- Most are free.
- Subscriptions based upon individual's interests, hobbies and activities.
- Listen just about anywhere while using a computer, phone, tablet, iPod, and in some cases even a TV.
- Audio and/or video formats.
- Start and stop listening to an episode at one’s leisure.
- Subscribe and unsubscribe as interests change.
One of the best places to start is iTunes app on a Mac or PC. The app offers a large database of podcast titles arranged in 16 interest-specific categories. Titles may also be searched by keyword, topic, title or episode.
When using an Apple iOS device, the listener needs to download a separate podcast app from the iOS App Store. Unlike the Mac and PC versions, podcasts are not included in the iTunes app on the iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. Apple’s Podcasts app is free and a good place to start on an iOS device.
Rob Walch at Libsyn (Liberated Syndication), the world’s largest podcast hosting network, was kind enough to provide a list of the biggest Android podcast aggregators seen on the Libsyn network. The apps include:
- Stitcher, free on Google Play
- Shifty Jelly's Pocket Casts, $3.99 on Google Play
- Podkicker, basic is free, pro version is $2.96 on Google Play
- BeyondPod, basic is free, pro version is $6.99 on Google Play
Digital Trends.com: How to Download and Listen to Podcasts on Android or iOS (October 10, 2012)
Geek Sugar.com: The Lowdown on Downloading Podcasts (April 29, 2013)
Voices.Yahoo.com: Why You Should be Listening to Podcasts: Business-minded Entrepreneurs (May 20, 2013)
Workhacks.com: Why You Don’t Listen to Podcasts (and why you should) (December 18, 2012)
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