As with constantly evolving technology, we’ve adopted Alexa and various other voice assistants at phenomenal rates; also, we’re now able to listen to a lot more podcasts than earlier. Personal, audio-centric, and distinctively intimate, podcasts and Alexa beautifully complement one another. Also, one of the most popular Alexa uses is listening to podcasts.
A lot of scopes are there for improvement of the overall podcast experience on the Amazon Alexa. However, at the moment, you’ll not be able to find podcast services with deep integration that users can get with Spotify.
Here is what you must know about the present podcast state and listening to podcasts on Alexa, including the popular options for listening with different playback control options.
Table of Contents
- 1 You Can Listen to this Without the need to add Skills.
- 2 You can Play Podcasts through Alexa App.
- 3 Use Pocket Casts for Playing Podcasts on the Alexa
- 4 Get better control through Podcast skills.
- 5 Link Stitcher Account
- 6 Need a New Alexa?
You Can Listen to this Without the need to add Skills.
In its default state, Alexa can serve podcasts through TuneIn. Upon asking, “Alexa, can you stream History of Podcast Revisionist,” then she summons the latest episode through the service.
While you’re not able to name certain podcast episodes, you can play one preceding episode that now plays “Alexa, play previous episode.”
You can also ask Alexa to “play podcast,” and then she’ll play the one that you inevitably won’t appreciate.
You can Play Podcasts through Alexa App.
The Alexa App is also great for finding and controlling podcasts.
- You can open the Alexa App on the mobile device or also at the alexa.amazon.com.
- Within the main menu, you can select the Video, Music, and Books.
- Under the Music, select TuneIn.
- Now Select Podcasts.
TuneIn search bars can also be used whenever you want to find a certain podcast.
You can explore through different categories for discovering the podcast of your niche, and then tune to one specific episode.
At the app top, you can choose the desired speaker (s).
Use Pocket Casts for Playing Podcasts on the Alexa
Thankfully, AnyPod isn’t only the third-party skill that can be enlisted for helping you in listening to podcasts on Alexa, with Pocket Casts launching the skill in early 2019. To get it, you would need to download this through Alexa Skills Store and link this to your account.
Once everything gets synced, you can easily access podcasts after simply talking to the enabled speakers. And considering this can be the first iteration of the skill, it isn’t actually a lot clunky.
Still, there is too much back and forth, with skill wanting confirmation on almost all the things you ask it for, but with AnyPod, it can keep up with progress, and this is what the Alexa podcast experience must be like.
Personally, the skill mostly plays the most recent episodes, and obviously, sometimes you want the oldest episodes that haven’t been played.
Also, there isn’t any way of skipping ahead for an episode if the sync didn’t get things matched up where you left it earlier.
These are things that simply patch up with the newest voice commands, and we can expect this to get better over time.
You can decide on whether the Pocket Casts deserve the time or not.
Get better control through Podcast skills.
With a handful of skills, you get more versatility. This often happens with robust integration appearance with the podcast apps, but all of these are buggy.
You can stream with AnyPod.
Among all those, one of the most renowned ones is AnyPod. Also, in addition to listening to podcasts on Alexa, you get a high readability level. Adding to the limited default abilities of Alexa, AnyPod plays specific episodes, manages subscriptions, and also jumps to a particular time.
However, the only thing lacking is any visual interface, which can be a challenge for listeners who juggle through different podcasts. Some commands of AnyPod are:
- Alexa, ask the AnyPod for playing episode (number) of (name of the podcast).
- Alexa, play (previous/next) episode.
- Alexa, ask AnyPod, “play the podcasts.”
- Alexa, ask AnyPod to subscribe (name of the podcast)
- Alexa, ask the AnyPod, “What are my subscriptions?”
- Enable Podcast Skills
Similar to other Alexa skills, you can allow Alexa and AnyPod through voice commands within the app.
Enable skills through Alexa App:
- Open the app Alexa on the mobile device or at alexa.amazon.com.
- Within the main menu, you can choose skills.
- Search for Stitcher or AnyPod.
- Choose desired skill in the outcomes.
- Click on Enable Skills.
You can activate the skills through voice commands.
You simply need to provide the voice command, “Alexa, enable (Stitcher/AnyPod).”
If you’re opting for the Stitcher app, you’ll have to accept mature audience content; then, you can link skill to the Stitcher account – which is a good thing, in theory, as this keeps material in sync. Also, this can be done in the Alexa app after clicking the Home screen prompt or after following the below-mentioned steps:
- Open the Alexa application on your phone or visit alexa.amazon.com.
- Inside the main menu, you must select skills.
- Choose the skills at top-right
- Select Stitcher
- Select the settings within Stitcher
- Click on Link Account and also follow prompts.
Stream the Favorite podcast App
If you’ve engaged in Alexa through Bluetooth smart speaker or headphones, the device can be paired with your smartphone or tablet. Then you can stream podcasts through the preferred app.
While you only get limited control from Alexa with basic functions, like play, pause, and adjusting volume, this affords you the best managerial subscription control.
For pairing the Echo device with the tablet or phone, you can try the below-mentioned steps.
- Ensure that the device has been in the range of the Echo speaker.
- Disconnect any present Bluetooth connections while providing the “Alexa. Disconnect.” command.
- Now set your device and the other device in a mode of Bluetooth pairing.
- Set the Echo device to the pairing mode through “Alexa, pair.” Command and then she confirms with, “Searching…”
- On the tablet, phone, and other devices, you can select Echo speaker in the Bluetooth settings. Alexa also announces a successful connection.
Upon configuring the connection, this can be reinitiated whenever you are in the mood for listening to podcasts on Alexa and when the devices are in range. Pairing is possible by providing “Alexa, pair with (name of the device)” or “Alexa, connect with (name of the device) command.”
Need a New Alexa?
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