If you love listening to Podcasts, Windows 11/10 has a handful but some impressive apps that can get you a good experience. You will be able to subscribe, download them offline, and with software like iTunes, going cross-device is even better!
Free Podcast Apps for Windows 11/10
A Podcast is an audio file that is made available on the web for listening. It could be a talk or discussion that users can download to their devices and listen to. If you are looking for apps that are (almost) free and which help you listen to Podcasts, take a look at this list.
- Grover Pro
Make sure to try each of them, and then figure what works best for you.
1] Grover Pro
It is the best app for Podcasts on Windows. It is clean and straightforward, making sure you enjoy your podcast without putting a lot of head into the UI.
- Stream audio podcasts directly from the app
- Search and subscribe to podcasts using the search box.
- Option to automatically remove podcasts already listened
- Option to show system notification when there are new podcasts available
- Option to automatically download new podcasts
- Reorder the podcasts catalog (Drag / Drop)
- Themes Light and Dark.
If you use iTunes on Windows 10, it can also use the iTunes database. It also has integration with OneDrive. The app costs $2.99, and it is available here.
If most of your podcasts are hosted on SoundCloud, the AudioCloud app is what you should be using. It supports playback, playback speed control, sleep timer, drag-and-drop playlist management, Cortana voice commands, and Live Tile integration.
That said, there are two restrictions because of Sound Cloud API limits.
- Not all tracks are available for listening due to third-party app restrictions.
Download it from the Microsoft Store.
3] VLC for Windows
It is one media player that is full of surprises. You can use it for Video, Audio, and Podcasts, which are inbuilt into the player.
- Open VLC Media Player > Click the View menu > Select Playlist > Internet > Podcasts
- Here, you can click on the + button and subscribe to a podcast by copy-pasting its URL into the window.
It is good enough to stream podcasts online but might not fit as the only podcast app for you. One of the primary reasons is that it doesn’t find new episodes to search, and secondly, there is no way to cache the episodes for offline listening.
4] Audible from Amazon
Audible is from the Amazon company. While it is known Listeningning to ebooks, it offers a feature called Channels. It provides you tons of podcasts that you can follow, subscribes to, and listen to even in offline mode. That said, you will need Amazon Prime subscription to use it.
Download Audiobooks for Audible here.
5] iTunes for Windows
If you hold an Apple device, love to listen to podcasts on the go, and want to have the same thing here. iTunes makes sense for you. Available for Windows.
You can download individual podcast episodes, subscribe to new episodes, and it can automatically download for you when they become available. When in the iTunes Store, click on the Podcasts menu item and browse through the categories or search. Once you find your podcast, you can listen, subscribe, or get one particular episode—download iTunes from apple.com.
Windows 10 has a limited number of Podcast apps, and so the choices are pretty restricted. However, apps like Grover Pro make a lot of difference. Let us know which one you are using.
Now read: Free Podcast Directories to listen to popular Podcasts.
Can an MP3 player play podcasts?
The meaning of MP3 players has come a long way. iTunes, VLC Player, Windows Media Player all are Mp3 players. Most of the modern MP3 players support podcasts and should be able to play without a problem. However, it may lack some features compared to the dedicated Podcast apps.
How do I download a podcast?
You will need to use a dedicated Podcast app such as Google Podcasts. It allows you to download any podcast you are subscribed to. You can further configure it to download for offline listening automatically.
Is Spotify podcast free?
Podcasts on Spotify are available like any other music; however, if it’s open to listening for free is a different question. Some of the podcasts are behind subscriptions, while others are free. Look for a lock icon next to know about It.