How to Create Podcast Playlists That Pull Episodes From Multiple Podcasts

Nancy Messieh 17-04-2018

If you’re looking for a way to create a playlist of podcast episodes from multiple podcasts for later listening, there are a couple of ways you can do that in a pretty seamless manner.


How to Build Podcast Playlists Using ListenNotes

Let’s say you’ve spotted an episode of a podcast you know you’ll want to listen to later, you should opt for ListenNotes. This service behaves in the same way that Pocket or Instapaper do for saving articles for later reading 5 Better Alternatives to Pocket That Bookmark Anything for Later Pocket has long held the crown of being the internet's best digital bookmarking service. But is it time to scrap it and search for better read-it-later bookmarking alternatives? Read More , and what’s great about it is that it plugs into whatever podcast app or service 7 Easy Ways to Manage Your Podcast Collection Podcasts are growing in popularity. The problem with listening to so many podcasts is managing your collection so that you don't get overwhelmed. These apps and extensions should help. Read More you’re already using.

Here’s how to build your podcast playlist in ListenNotes:

  1. Once you’re logged into ListenNotes, you’ll find that a few episodes have already been added to your list. You can remove them by clicking the Remove from Listen Later button. How to Create Podcast Playlists That Pull Episodes From Multiple Podcasts Remove Podcasts ListenLater
  2. To add new episodes to your playlist, you can search for them directly through ListenLater. If you come across something online, just fire up ListenNotes in your browser and search for the episode title or podcast name.
  3. Once you find an episode you want to save, click the Add to playlist button. How to Create Podcast Playlists That Pull Episodes From Multiple Podcasts Add Podcasts ListenLater

As you build your list, you’re going to want to listen to it in your podcast app of choice. Here’s what you have to do to get it into your app. (You’ll have to use an app or service that allows you to add podcasts by URL):

  1. With your playlist open, click the RSS button and copy the RSS link to your phone. (Either open up ListenLater on your phone or just email yourself the link)
  2. Open up your podcast app of choice and go through the steps for adding a new podcast. (In Pocket Casts, a great choice for managing your podcasts How to Manage Your Podcast Collection Using Pocket Casts Podcasts are growing in popularity. The problem is your collection of podcasts is probably getting a little out of hand. In this article we explain how to manage your podcast collection using Pocket Casts. Read More , just paste the URL into the search bar for new podcasts.)
  3. You can now access the list in your app of choice as you would any other podcast.

You can see this process in action using Apple’s podcast app below:

How to Create Podcast Playlists That Pull Episodes From Multiple Podcasts ListenLater RSS Feed


To access your list again, on the ListenNotes site, Tools >Listen Later in the menu in the top right-hand corner.

How to Create Podcast Playlists That Pull Episodes From Multiple Podcasts Listen Later

You can choose your sharing settings by clicking the Settings button. You can choose from Unlisted, Private, or Public. If you want to share your playlist with others, just send them the RSS link.

The one thing lacking in ListenNotes is an extension or button, much like Pocket’s to make saving episodes more seamless.

How to Build Podcast Playlists Using Pocket Casts

Maybe you don’t have any particular episodes in mind, but just want to keep up with all the new episodes from your favorite podcasts. Plenty of apps offer like this capability, such as Pocket Casts:

  1. Scroll down to the bottom of the Pocket Casts home screen and tap Create Episode Filter.
  2. Choose a name for your filter and an icon of your choice.
  3. For playing state, choose Unplayed.
  4. For status, choose Downloaded and Not Downloaded
  5. For Episode Release Date, choose the timeframe that works for you—either Last 24 hours or Last 3 days is probably best.
  6. Under Included Podcasts choose the podcasts you want to include in the playlist.

Now if you need access to the list offline, you can go that particular filter and download all the episodes.

If you prefer to listen at your computer, there are plenty of great browser extensions for listening to podcasts The Best Browser Extensions for Listening to Podcasts The best browser extensions for listening to podcasts quickly and without fuss. Read More .

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