What are podcasts?
Podcasts give you audio content on demand, it’s like Netflix but it’s free and for your ears only.
Others might say listening to podcasts is like receiving long WhatsApp voice messages. From a person, you probably don’t know (who will soon become your best friend). You listen to a topic of interest and the person behind the mic should keep you entertained.
Whether you’re looking for a crime story or a funny chit-chat you can take your pick of the batch. Binge 5 episodes in one night or listen to them one by one. It’s a great way of learning something new and not having to look at your screen. That way you can listen to them on your commute to work, when doing the shopping or even working out.
How to listen to podcasts?
Listening to a podcast is quite easy, once you know where to find them. All you need is a set of headphones, a phone, tablet or computer. Where to find them depends on the device you’re using…
Where you can find podcasts on your iPhone:
The Apple Podcasts app should already be installed on your iPhone. You can easily search for podcast titles, topics or keywords that might interest. Alternatively, you can check out Apple’s featured ones and the top charts.
Apple Podcast Categories include: Comedy, News & Politics, Technology, Education, Kids & Family, Society & Culture, Health, Arts, Music, Government & Organisations, Religion & Spirituality, Games & Hobbies, Sports & Recreation, TV & Film, Business, and Science & Medicine.
Where you can find podcasts on your Android device:
Because pods are becoming so popular Google just recently released the Google Podcasts app which allows you to listen to podcasts on your Android device. Which also allows you to search for your favourite titles, topics, and keywords. Find new ones under the section ‘popular with listeners of…’ or the top picks in each category.
Which app to use for podcasts?
The most common apps for podcasts are:
- Apple podcasts
- Google podcasts
- Google Podcasts
- Pocket Casts
- Podcast Addict
Where can I find podcasts on a computer or laptop?
A podcast requires a website, you can, however, often listen to the podcast directly on the publisher’s website just like you can find mine here under www.thelivilife.com/category/podcast. Alternatively, you can also download iTunes or Spotify onto your desktop and go from there.
When are podcasts available?
Well, that depends on when the person producing it publishes the episodes. Most producers release on a weekly basis, some on a bi-weekly basis or even daily. I decided to go for bi-weekly that gives me enough time to produce high-quality content and for you to catch up.
Be sure you subscribe or follow your favourite ones so you get a notification every time a new episode is released.
Who makes podcasts?
Pretty much anyone can produce a podcast. All you need is a somewhat good quality microphone, a website and a keen interest on whatever topic it is you’d like to talk to your audience about.
If you wanna hear more about why I decided to start the podcast Quarter Life Living, check out this 10-minute intro episode.
Can I listen to podcasts for free?
Most podcasts are free. However, some podcast hosts also provide exclusive content that you have to pay for but you will be specifically prompted to pay. Mine is free, so you’re all good 😉
What podcasts should I listen to?
Just search your podcast app or on google to find a podcast topic that you might be interested in it can be anything from a geeky work topic like UX Design or a more lightweight topic like travel.
Can podcasts be played offline?
Yes if you download the podcast episode when you do have wifi or a mobile internet connection, they can be played offline – I always do this before getting on a flight definitely recommend doing so.
I hope this post gives you a deep dive into figuring out what a podcast is, where you can find them and how to listen to them. Be sure you check out Quarter Life Living the podcast produced by yours truly – Olivia. In this podcast, I talk about the life of a twenty-something, the f*ck ups and learnings, and real-life inspiration how you can make the very most out of your twenties. Listen Now: