In today’s digital world a wide range of programme and highlights are available as podcasts for you to download for free. Podcasts are digital audio files made available on the Internet for downloading to a computer or portable media player, typically available as a series or episodes. They can be used as a great tool for learning as they are entertaining and informative at the same time.
Podcast Apps for Windows 10 Mobile
Microsoft doesn’t have any native podcast app of its own available yet. So, you’ll have to install and use third-party alternatives available in the Windows Store and the web. A simple advice, while searching for a podcast experience, check if the app supports cloud syncing option to track progress for your shows that you’ve already started.
Here are a few Podcast apps to get you started.
Groove Podcast – It’s not a native Microsoft app though the name suggests so. However, its interface is heavily inspired by Groove Music. The UI of this app scales beautifully with your system-level DPI settings, a quality rare to witness in many other apps that try to achieve or adopt the look of a native Windows 10 app . There’s also button to stretch videos to full screen .
Podcast Lounge – Consistently top rated in my round-ups, this app features a library of over 90,000 podcasts. Plus, a huge list of features like audio, video podcast support, OneDrive integration, Live tile support and more.
TuneIn – This is a real radio/audio app. It gives access to the world’s largest collection of radio stations on your Windows 10 mobile device, absolutely free. You can listen to 100,000 or more real radio stations, playing live from around the world. Available here.
It’s a podcast app that lets you download, organize and play back all your podcasts. The only quibble about the app is its price! Yes, if you want to use the app, you will have to spend few dollars. The Windows Phone download costs $3.99 as a one-off fee.
How to play Podcasts on Windows 10 Mobile device
Now we will take an example and see how to play Podcasts App on Windows 10 Mobile device. The app is available on Window Store.
Push the Volume Up or Down button of your Windows 10 Mobile device to start screen dialog. The podcast screen in the Podcast app should appear.
Next, adjust the listening speed as per your requirement. You can speed up your listening time by tapping the ‘X’ (times) button.
All the downloaded podcasts would appear in the favorite list that you have subscribed to in the app. As per the default settings, the Podcasts App will break down your subscribed shows into audio and video listing/categories.
The search option keeps a record of your history. It uses Bing search engine for the purpose. There, it also houses an option to clear your past search history.
Now, if you would like to tweak certain settings, go to the main settings for the app. Here you can set the option for downloading podcasts over Wi-Fi or an unlimited data plan and whether they are capable of streaming to your device.
You can also check if the old or most recent episode of a show is played and how number of past episodes automatically downloaded. You can invariably set these settings for each individual show as you choose.
Please note that some of the search results that show up cannot be selected for some shows. However, if you have RSS feed then you can simply copy and paste it directly into the results to subscribe.
A post-graduate in Biotechnology, Hemant switched gears to writing about Microsoft technologies and has been a contributor to TheWindowsClub since then. When he is not working, you can usually find him out traveling to different places or indulging himself in binge-watching.