How to listen to a podcast

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Did you know that there’s a great Winnipeg Jets hockey podcast on the internet? In fact it’s one that we produce. A few months ago I hadn’t even listened to a podcast, let alone produced one. I can say now that I’m hooked and there are definitely a few tools that make listening to episodes easier. There are three main ways that I listen to a podcast.

Listening on the website

Most podcast websites embed a player right on the page with the show notes. In fact, these are often advanced players that will work not only on your normal computer in a browser, but will also work on a mobile device like an iPhone or Android phone. Simply visit the page of your favorite podcast episode and click the play button.

On the JHP website, you can also download the episode to save and play later with a stand alone MP3 player. You can also click the Play in Popup link to have it play in another window.

Listen via iTunes

There are actually two different ways that you can listen to a podcast in iTunes.

Search the iTunes Podcast Directory

Knowing the topic that you’re looking for, something like Winnipeg Jets, just simply type your search term in to the iTunes Store search box and scroll down a bit to see the podcast results. Then click the subscribe button.

Subscribe to feed directly

The other way you can subscribe to a podcast in iTunes is by subscribing to the feed directly. In the main menu, select Advanced -> Subscribe To Podcasts… and paste in the feed URL of the Podcast you want to subscribe too.

Some feed URLs look like http://feeds.feedburner.com/JetsHockeyPodcastEpisodes and others look like http://examle.com/podcast.xml The trick here is that they must already be a specially configured RSS feed URL and not a blogs regular feed – though they look similar.

Listening using third-party app

This is my preferred method of how I listen to podcast episodes. In fact I use an app called Pocket Casts on my iPhone. They have a “Lite” version that has some ads in it and supports only five podcasts. It is also available for the Android, meaning most mobile devices are supported. There are so many features about Pocket Casts I could talk about but I love being able to listen to a podcast at 1.2x, 1.5x or 2x to help listen to more episodes in a shorter period of time. Add to that it will push notifications to me when a new episode is released. And finally, the fact I can download multiple episodes simultaneously and queue them makes it a real time saver. I use the paid version…it was well worth the $1.99.

By the way, we have a quick 4-question survey that you can take to give us feedback and input into the episodes, so be sure to contribute. Now I’m curious to know, do you listen to podcasts? And which ones do you listen to? Let us know in the comments below.

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Marshall Stevenson regularly contributes to one of the best Winnipeg Jets blogs as an editor and co-founder while also working on JET FUEL – a documentary about Winnipeg Jets fans. Of course he's also behind the only official, unofficial Jets fan gear site. And as if he wasn't busy enough, a co-host on the popular Winnipeg Jets focused Jets Hockey Podcast.

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