It's easy to get addicted to podcasts. They're delivered straight to your phone or favorite mobile device. They offer news, opinion, information, and entertainment on almost any subject you can think of. You can listen to them in any order you like and at whatever times are most convenient for you. They can turn boring commutes and long waits in line into entertaining or educational experiences. And best of all, they're free. Take a look at some tips that will help you get the most out of your podcast listening experience.
When you start discovering podcasts that you like, you may find that listening to podcasts threatens to take over your day. It's one thing to spend your whole commute listening to podcasts, but what happens when you get to where you're going, but you still have episodes that you want to listen to? That's where pod-fasting comes in.
Pod-fasting is playing your podcasts at a faster than normal speed. Most podcast players let you control the speed at which your podcasts play. By default, they're usually set at 1x, which is normal speed. But try adjusting them to 1.3x or 1.5x. The podcast will play at a faster speed, but in most cases, not so fast that your ears can't keep up (however, it might take a few minutes of listening to acclimate to the new speed.) It will shave some time off of each episode, allowing you to fit more podcasts into the time you have available.
Don't Let Your Device Get Overloaded
One thing that can happen when you subscribe to a lot of podcasts is that you quickly run out of space on your phone or another device, especially when you set your player up to automatically download new episodes. This can really clog up your device, especially when you get too busy to listen for a few days. Luckily, there are player settings that can help.
Setting up automatic deletion with your podcast player can really help you avoid a clogged feed. Automatic deletion is just what it sounds like – once you finish listening to an episode, your player automatically deletes it from your device. If you want to listen to it again, you can always re-download it, and most players will let you mark an episode as a favorite, which will help you easily find it again.
It's also important to note that in addition to global settings that apply to the whole app, most players will also let you set individual settings for specific podcasts. So if you subscribe to a news podcast with multiple daily episodes, for example, you can set it up so that particular podcast does not automatically download, even if your other subscriptions do. That way, you can go in and manually download the episodes you want and have time to listen to, without clogging up your device.
Experiment With Different Players
There are all kinds of different podcast players out there. While the Apple podcast player may be the most well-known, it's certainly not your only choice. If you like to listen on multiple devices and you have both Apple and Android devices, you may want to look for a player that's available on both types of devices and will sync across all of your devices.
Different players also have other different features for making playlists and setting up subscriptions that you may be looking for. The best way to figure out which podcast player is right for you is to try out a few of them and see which one best suits your needs.
There are a lot of positive podcasts out there and many of them have great content. Learning how to get the most out of your podcast listening experience will help you add more of this great content to your life.