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free podcast playerI am an avid podcast listener. Whenever I get into something new, one of the first things I do is go and find some interesting podcasts on the subject. I just cannot get enough. If I’m sitting at work and it is slow you can guarantee I am listening to one podcast or another.

However, when I listened to podcasts in my browser I would always go to the website hosting the podcast and play it from there. This was a major pain, but no longer. Podcast Player Pro is a convenient app available from the Google App Store that rescued me from having to seek podcasts the hard way.

This is a huge time saver for me, since I no longer have to go to the website of a podcast I want to listen to. I just subscribe to the podcast through the app, and it is always there when I want to listen to it. I’ve always used a similar app for listening to podcasts in the car, but never thought to use one in my browser. Now that I have one, I will never go back to the old way of hunting around the internet for my podcast enjoyment.

Getting Started

First head over to Podcast Player Pro’s page on the Google App Store and install the application in your browser. To do this simply click the link labeled “Add to Chrome.” You will have to authorize the app to log in with your Google account and then you will be ready to start subscribing to your favorite internet radio shows.

The next step is to find some podcasts to listen to. On the right side of the screen there is a search box that you can use to find a podcast by name. For example, I typed “MMA” into the search box, and some of my favorites The 4 Best Mixed Martial Arts Podcasts You Should Be Listening To The 4 Best Mixed Martial Arts Podcasts You Should Be Listening To Mixed Martial Arts (or MMA) is considered by many to be the fastest growing sport on the planet. There are MMA gyms springing up in every city and town around the world. Many traditional martial... Read More came up.

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Pick the name of the podcast you like and the information on that podcast will come up in the middle of the screen. You can choose to listen to an episode or subscribe to the podcast for listening in the future.

If the podcast you are looking for is not readily available in the search, fear not, because you can easily subscribe to the podcast with the podcast RSS feed or by importing from iTunes. Simply go to the website for the podcast and get the feed for the show if you choose to go the RSS route.

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If you choose to go with the iTunes method, simply export the .OPML file from iTunes, click the “Import from iTunes” or “Import OPML” link. Once you upload the file, the podcast will show in your subscriptions list.

Listening to Podcasts

Once you have your list of podcasts all ready to go, the obvious next thing you would want to do is listen to them. All your subscribed podcasts show up on the left side of the screen. Simple click the feed that you would like to listen to and a list of all available episodes will pop up in the middle of the player. You can either click the big “Play” button if you want to stream the podcast, or you can click the link to download the MP3 of the show. After a couple of seconds the episode will begin to play right in the app if you choose to stream.

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Podcast Player Pro also supports video podcasts. It offers three different options for screen size and full screen support.

The player also features a convenient skip ahead button that will make the podcast jump ahead or back 15 seconds. This is a great way to skip commercials if the podcast you are listing to has them. I find skipping ahead like this much more precise than dragging the bar.

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The program also remembers where you left off, so if you have to leave in the middle of a podcast fear not, because the next time you open the app you will be listening right where you last were.

Conclusion

If you are an avid podcast listener than this is a must download app. It has a clean, easy to use interface that allows you to add and listen to podcasts quickly and easily.

How do you listen to podcasts in your web browser? What are some great podcasts you enjoy? Let us know in the comments!

  1. Anonymous
    September 6, 2011 at 2:32 am

    I'm not certain if I missed it or not but does this service let you know when there are new podcasts available?

    • Dave LeClair
      September 7, 2011 at 6:44 pm

      No it does not. It automatically refreshes once you launch the app and organizes them by newest, but it does not actually alert you of new episodes outside of the app.

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