Podcasts are a really growing trend for its amazing features. Podcasts are the episodic series of digital audio for easy listening. They are the best choice to listen to any news, educational, interesting stories, entertainment stuff, without having to spare time for it separately.
We can listen to them while relaxing, walking, cooking, working out, cleaning sort of without missing out on your favorite episodes.
Many streaming apps and sources are made available for a convenient experience. A series generally features one or more hosts in a discussion about a topic particularly.
Content is to be scripted and improvised in a detailed way. Podcasts can feature any concerns like scientific research to journalism, biographies, commentary. There are many free downloading podcast apps and also paid podcast apps which are very low and affordable.
Podcast is a combination of words iPod and broadcast. They are created in October 2000, and are being improvised since then. People create podcasts of any personal passion or to influence people with the ideologies or philosophies, as there may not be much income. They may also contain any commercial ads in between. Podcasts are also managed by communities collaboratively.
Listening to Podcasts on your Mac
New Podcasts are actually the mac version of iPod and iPhone apps. They behave almost similar to each other. Podcasts interface are much easier to surf than iTunes UI. You can easily browse from the search bar to explore Podcasts. You can make playlists of your favourites.
You can listen to any episode without subscription. Once you subscribe, all the latest episodes of the particular Podcasts appear in your feed. Click on (+) next to the episode title to add the episode to your Library. Once you add, the (+) is replaced with download option.
Set up podcast settings accordingly for a better experience. In the ‘Preference’ menu, you can arrange the working of Podcasts on Mac. In the ‘Menubar’ ,click ‘Podcasts’ , select ‘Preferences’. In the ‘General’ tab , you can set refresh rate and select downloads. By default download option is set for ‘Only New’, you can change it accordingly to ‘Never’ also.
In the ‘Playback’ tab, you can disable ‘Continuous Play; and configure skip options. Opt the drop-down arrows next to ‘Forward’ or ‘Back’ to change skip times. Podcasts are easy to use and native apps available on Mac, its also reliable. However, they lack some features like playlist management, using Third party apps would be helpful in such case.
Let us see some podcast apps for Mac
Spotify is a streaming podcast service that provides access to thousand of shows. It allows us to listen to the podcasts online, save them to listen offline. Features include the Search option to find the required thing, Your Library to save your favorite series, Shuffle play, Downloading music and Podcasts, Share music and Podcasts, Audio settings.
Find and play
- Click on the browse menu on the left.
- Select podcasts.
- Browse featured or select podcast episodes by category.
- Play the episodes or click on the title for all the episodes.
- Click Follow on the page to save them to the library.
- Click Following to unfollow it.
DownCast is a very good podcast player for mac. Generally, great podcasts are always for mobile, luckily downcast has been designed for desktop use. As it syncs in your iCloud, you can pick up on the desktop from where you have left. It has all the great features as in a mobile app.
It costs only 10 dollars, can find it on Mac App store. Downcast allows you to play, sync and download your podcasts. Subscription provides you some awesome features for a smooth experience. Features include search, sync and download audio and video podcasts, subscribe podcasts manually via URL, download podcasts automatically.
You can browse and download older episodes, can auto-update feed according to the schedule, can set auto-download and episode regaining, import &export podcast feeds via OPML, import audio files, supports password-protected feeds. You can create, edit playlists of your taste, can also rename podcast subscription names.
Syncing subscriptions, playlists, settings and episode information with other mac, ios devices via iCloud , streaming without downloading is also allowed.
PocketCast is the most powerful podcast platform across the world. It is also very easy to use with quality audio and search, discovery tools, fine-featured Podcasts. Pocket Cast will attract you with the contents. The interface is very improvised with the featured shows and curated lists for a complete experience.
Pocket Casts have some great features you look for in a podcast. You can pick up from where you left. This app also has some filters for every aspect like trending, morning run etc.., you can create a queue of your favorite shows, you can sign and get the queue in all your devices. Listening to them in speakers would be amazing.
Pocket Casts detects the location and provides you regional recommendations. Light theme, dark theme and extra dark theme for OLED are available. Pocket Casts does not contain any subscriptions, you can listen to all the podcasts available.
It allows you to auto archive podcasts without downloading for storage management. Playback speed encourages saving time. Pocket Casts are available on all major platforms. Some other apps to look through are Player FM and mcasts.