How to Listen to a Podcast Guide
What is a Podcast?
I like to think of a podcast as a radio show that you can play whenever you want. You can also stop the podcast and come back to it at any time. How to listen to a podcast is something many of us take for granted. So, let’s give you the ins and outs of podcast listening.
More Than a Radio Show
This is where podcasts stray slightly from a regular radio show:
- Podcasts are any length, from a 1-minute micros to in-depth interviews of 3 hours or more.
- Podcasts can be from daily, weekly or monthly
- Podcast formats vary from solo shows to, multi-character audio dramas
- Podcasts cover subjects that might not get on the radio
Audio and Video
There is a move to video audio podcasts but we say podcasts are audio, you can have a camera on the action (which isn’t exactly high voltage) like the radio stations now do; doesn’t make it a video podcast though as it is not using the medium.
Does it Cost to Listen?
In the main no. There is a recent movement to add the ability to set up podcasts as a subscription. The majority of podcasts are still free, including Jelly Trumpet.
How do I listen?
You can use a smartphone, a tablet or a computer, even a smart tv or smart speaker. The latest cars will also allow you to set up your smartphone to play through the car sound system.
How Do I Subscribe to a Podcast?
Subscribing is what we’d like you to do. The reason is when you subscribe, the shows will start automatically coming to you. When you next load up your app for instance, the latest episodes will all be there, ready to listen to. Technology is great isn’t it?
If you’re listening on a computer, then the best way to subscribe is through the iTunes app, or Spotify. Available for both Mac and PC.
If you’re on your smartphone, then simply use your mobile listening app. The Apple Podcasts app on iPhone allows you to subscribe, very easily, and Android and Window phones all have similar apps.
How do I find Good Podcasts?
Well, you found Jelly Trumpet, so that’s a start. Particularly ever subject you can think of is covered by podcasting. From comedy and music to true crime and theatre criticism.
The Major Apps, Platforms and Streaming Services
The biggest players:
- Apple Podcasts
There’s a bit of ding dong between Apple and Spotify as to who is the biggest player. I can tell you that Jelly Trumpet gets its most downloads from Spotify.
- Listen Notes
- Podcast Addict
- Podcast Index
- Pocket Casts
- Player FM
- Tunein + Alexa
There are many more to choose from and you will find Jelly Trumpet available on all of them
Finding out More About Podcasts
You can sign up to the newsletters from a variety of websites that cover and review podcasts like thepodcasthost.com.
Scripted versus Non Scripted Podcasts
Podcasts are divided into scripted and non-scripted. The scripted variety, like Jelly Trumpet are written to entertain and you’ll find every genre covered. Non-scripted podcasts are usually like a chat show, with various people being interviewed. Jelly Trumpet has a bit of both as we have a guest on each show talking about creativity.
Why Jelly Trumpet?
We wanted to start a podcast that was a positive force and we believe that Jelly Trumpet promotes laughing and creativity, both of which are good for us and the people around us.
Enjoy your podcast!