The popularity of podcasts seems to grow every day, and it’s no wonder really. There is a seemingly endless number of topics podcasts cover, whether it’s sports, entertainment, technology, or true crime.
One of the frustrating things about podcasts, however, is that not all of them are available on the same platform. For example, you may like listening to podcasts on SoundCloud, but all of the shows you like may not be available on that platform.
The key to fixing this problem is collecting your favorite podcasts in one place. This comes in handy if the podcasts you like listening to happen to be available on a variety of different platforms. It also helps if a podcast you listen to recommends another podcast and you want to save it while it’s fresh in your memory.
Here are seven easy ways to collect and save all of your favorite podcasts in one place for easy access at any time. In other words, we’ll help you manage your podcast collection with ease.
As the name indicates, Stitcher helps you “stitch” together your favorite podcasts and turn them into a customized station featuring content you love. The abundance of content on Stitcher is one of its strengths — it currently boasts more than 65,000 different shows.
The latest episodes of your favorite podcasts are available to stream on demand, or you can download an episode to listen offline. Stitcher also allows you to share your favorite podcasts with friends via Facebook, Twitter, and/or email.
The cool thing about the Pocket app is it helps you save all sorts of content, including podcasts, for easy consumption at a later time.
There are many ways to save content using Pocket. You can install the Pocket “bookmarklet” on your browser, which helps you save pages with one click. Or you can email any link to your Pocket list by sending it to the email address email@example.com.
Finally, you can save things to Pocket via other apps — it’s currently integrated into more than 1,500 apps, which should cover the bases for more users.
Created specifically for users of iOS devices — iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch — Apple’s podcasts app has as straightforward of a name as you can get: Podcasts.
Don’t let the simplicity of the name fool you, however. The app’s easy-to-use interface allows you to discover, listen to, organize, and sync podcasts, all with a few taps. There are a number of podcast charts for you to browse, or you can search for a specific podcast by name or title.
Like most podcast apps, you can stream your favorite shows or download them for offline listening. You can also subscribe to your favorites to make sure each new episode appears as and when it becomes available.
Similar to Stitcher, you can also put together smart playlists, or stations, that update automatically with the most recent episodes of whichever podcasts you choose.
The one drawback, of course, is that this app is only for iOS, meaning Android users are out of luck. Don’t worry though, as we have more Android-compatible podcast apps below.
Download — Podcasts for iOS (Free)
4. Pocket Casts
One of the things that jumps out about the Pocket Casts app from ShiftyJelly is its selection of shows. The app features more than 300,000 unique shows, and its search function lets you look for podcasts by title, author, or feed.
Another cool thing about Pocket Casts is its advanced playback features that save you time and help you get through each episode quicker, without missing anything. You can change play speeds from anywhere between 0.5x to 3x, which helps if a particular presenter happens to speak slowly.
There is also a “trim silence” feature, which cuts silences out of episodes, thus making them shorter without changing a podcast’s natural pace.
Also, those with a Pocket Casts sync account can get their saved content across devices simply by signing into their account on each device.
If you use Evernote, you know it boasts many clever features, but you may not know it can come in handy for collecting and saving podcasts from the web. You can easily do so with its Web Clipper feature, which it describes as a “save button for the web.”
Indeed, Web Clipper is a plugin extension for the Chrome web browser, which creates a button that helps you easily save content from the web. It also gives you options: you can save an article, make it a simplified article, save the full page, save it as a bookmark, or simply save it as a screenshot.
You can also add tags or text and highlight important sections of whatever content you’re saving for easy reference later. Everything you save will appear in your Evernote account, which means you can access it all across devices.
Podcast Addict is among the top podcast apps on Android, with more than five million downloads and counting. The majority of users are satisfied, too — the app has received nearly 300,000 reviews from users and currently boasts an average score of 4.6 out of 5.
There is no shortage of content on Podcast Addict. It currently has more than 450,000 podcasts for a total of more than 10 million episodes. The app allows you to browse podcasts by network — Gimlet, Ted Talks, NPR, etc. — or by recommendations based on your subscriptions.
For those who speak languages other than English, there are also podcasts available in Chinese, Dutch, French, German, and Italian. There are also advanced listening features such as a shuffle mode and a sleep timer.
Download — Podcast Addict for Android (Free)
Unlike most of the other options on this list, smarterPod is not a mobile app. Rather it’s an extension for the Chrome web browser that lets you listen to podcasts in the background while using Chrome.
It does have many similar features of other podcast management apps, such as the ability to sync across computers, easy feed management, automatic episode updates, and save progress.
In addition, the latest version of smarterPod (0.3) lets you search Apple’s iTunes Podcast database for shows and episodes you’d like to listen to. The extension updates your feeds and syncs automatically every 15 minutes, making sure you always have the most up-to-date content.
This Chrome extension is officially in Beta mode at the time of writing. Which means there could be some kinks to work out, but don’t worry: it’s still fully functional, and there are only more new features and additions to come.
Download — smarterPod for Chrome (Free)
What Kinds of Podcasts Do You Save for Later?
Whether you’re just getting started with podcasts or you’re a longtime podcast junkie, it’s essential to be able to manage, organize, save, and listen to all of your favorites shows in one place. Not all podcasts are available on the same platforms, but thanks to these tools you can collect them all together in one place.
What podcast will you be listening to next? What podcast would you recommend other people listen to next? Please tell us in the comments below.
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