Building a library of the best podcasts for you can be a daunting task.
There are lots of podcast player apps to help you find, download and organize shows. And there are hundreds of thousands of podcast episodes.
They cover every topic you can imagine and some you can’t.
Unlike radio, podcasts aren’t regulated by the FCC. Almost anyone can
create one. As a result, content can be good, bad or even offensive.
Explore various podcast player apps before making a choice
Not all podcast apps are created equal. Although many offer the same popular shows, the rest of the content can differ widely. Some apps are user friendly, others seem complicated. Some are free, like Apple Podcasts and Google Podcasts, while others are paid. Also, many podcast apps only work with certain operating systems. So it’s important to explore the options. Once you start building your library, switching apps can be a big nuisance.
To help decide which podcast player is best for you see the reviews at PC Magazine’s 10 Best Podcast Player Apps and Tom’s Guide Best Podcast Apps. Tom’s Guide reviews most of the same players as PC Magazine, plus at least ten more worthy of your consideration.
Find shows that match your interests
Once you’ve chosen your podcast player app, the fun begins. Start building your library by exploring shows in categories that interest you. To find podcasts by category and listen to show samples, see PodSearch. I love the comedy shows. Try turning your living room into a Comedy Club. Pour your favorite beverage and invite your significant other to listen to a few comedy shows with you. If you’re not amused, you don’t have to worry about walking out in the middle of a performance. Just hit the delete button.
The categories below are from Apple Podcasts. While other apps may name and organize their categories differently, most are similar. Start by subscribing to just a few shows. Once you’ve listened to some episodes you’ll know whether to keep a show or unsubscribe. To get started, I suggest reading reviews like PC Magazine’s the Best Podcasts and Time’s Best Podcasts.
Typical podcast categories
- Health & Fitness
- Kids & Family
- Religion & Spirituality
- Society & Culture
- True & Crime
- TV & Film
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