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The best ways to listen to a podcast

Podcasts are all everyone’s talking about, but for many it’s still hard to understand. A podcast is a pre-recorded radio show where folks talk about the latest news, give tips on eating healthy, or thousands of other topics. The podcast hype started when Serial rose to success with everyone on the web talking about them. While podcasting wasn’t new, and in fact, it’s been around for at least a decade no one’s paid much attention.

Now everyone from Buzzfeed to Shaquille O’Neal is creating their podcasts. A lot of folks are calling podcasts the new business cards because they give you an inside look at what you’re able to produce and what you think about trending topics. They’re not far off, with more and more people jumping onto the podcasting train.

There is, of course, the iTunes and Google Play Music apps support podcast within their walled gardens there are other options. Check out the list below because podcasting is only going to get more popular in the coming year!

Pocket Cast

Android, iOS

Pocket Cast app lets you sync your podcasts across multiple devices with the Pocket Cast account. There is Chromecast support, and the apps free for download. If you listen across multiple devices or at home and while in the car, you’ll want to download this app on all your devices.

There’s also support for speeding up a podcast and boosting the volume of people talking. The apps beautifully designed and one that you’ll want to download.

What we like:

  • Sync between devices with Pocket Cast account
  • Chromecast support
  • Audio effects to make speakers sound louder or have a podcast play faster without hearing distorted voices

Stitcher Radio for Podcasts

Android, iOS

You may have heard of the Stitcher Radio app already making it an appealing choice. The previous versions of the app were buggy, and a lot of users have complained about problems. The recent updates have fixed a lot of the complaints making it a solid app.

There aren’t a lot of fluff in the app and lets you manage your podcasts easy and quickly. The podcasts also don’t have to download, and will stream as soon as they’re posted. Overall the apps a quick and easy way to manage your podcasts.

What we like:

  • Create playlists with your favorite podcasts
  • No need to download podcasts, streaming available
  • Toggle between audio and video podcasts

iTunes Podcast


Apple’s core podcast app does everything you’d expect from a podcast app but doesn’t excel at any one feature. If you’re on iOS and want to enjoy a podcast here and there the iTunes on is one of the best ways to dip your toes into the water.

Apple also heavily pushes the app on the App store, and across the web. They do have an excellent breakdown of new podcasts, trending ones, and the most listened to.

What we like:

  • Built into iOS
  • Extensive library of podcasts
  • Offers trending and editor picks

Podcast & Radio Addict


If you enjoy any audio programs, this is an app for you. The app can manage audio books, live radio, YouTube broadcast, and of course audio and video podcasts. The podcast library includes over 300K, which is 50K more than what iTunes has in its library.

If you’re on Android and enjoy NPR or other live radio in addition to your podcasts, this is one of the best apps to use. This will allow you to enjoy all your audio listening needs.

What we like:

  • Manage audio books, radio, video and audio podcasts
  • Embedded radio stations, i.e., NPR, ESPN, ETC
  • Large 300K podcast library



Overcast is an iOS exclusive podcasting app that’s completely free. The app has features like Smart Speed, which shorten the silence in talk shows, which make the show still sound natural and doesn’t distort the voices of the hosts or guests. There is also Voice Boost, which makes soft spoken voices louder, so you hear everything even in noisy environments. In addition to those sound features, there’s discovery features which let you see what your Twitter friends are listening to on the app.

It’s the best iOS podcast app and doesn’t cost a cent.

What we like:

  • Beautifully designed
  • Free!
  • Voice boost, smart speed, and social discovery

Google Play Music


Google added podcast support to Play Music a little over a week ago. The addition lets millions of Android users get to play podcasts without the need to download an extra app. The app takes the material design and is integrated into the stations like “laugh out loud” or “learn something.”

The app is another great way to dip your toes into the podcast, but could also replace some extra apps from smaller developers.

What we like:

  • Built into music playing
  • Recommended stations
  • Default on all Android phones

Let’s listen now!

We have our podcast you can find on almost any podcast app or Soundcloud. We also have a weekly recommendation for what we’re listening to this week from technology ones to business-focused ones.

Podcasting isn’t going anywhere, and I believe podcasting is going to replace radio entirely one day. Public radio broadcast live on air while they’re recording to publish onto their podcast feed. The ad money is flooding into the podcast-sphere, and while that money may dry up one day, it’s driving everyone to produce high-quality podcasts for our listening enjoyment.

Tell us in the comments below which podcasting app you use, and don’t forget to recommend your favorite podcasts so we can check them out!