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Apple Watch Podcasts app added in watchOS 5

Apple Watch Podcasts app added in watchOS 5

The Apple Watch is getting even more standalone functionality, with Apple adding Podcasts to the smartwatch. It's one of the most frequently requested features, and will be one of the headline additions of watchOS 5 when that arrives on the wrist later in 2018.

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Plex Podcasts arrive in beta on iOS, Android, and Roku

Plex Podcasts arrive in beta on iOS, Android, and Roku

Plex has been updated with support for podcasts, the company has announced. The software, which enables anyone to create their own home media server, now allows users to access podcasts on both their television and mobile devices without a subscription or separate app. The new feature is currently in beta but available to anyone with the Plex App.

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Pocket Casts just got bought by these public radio all-stars

Pocket Casts just got bought by these public radio all-stars

There are a lot of podcast apps vying for your download out there, and for years, Pocket Casts has been considered by many to be one of the best. There's some big news for Pocket Casts users today, as the app has been jointly acquired by some big names in public radio. NPR, WNYC Studios, WBEZ Chicago, and This American Life have all partnered to purchase the app for an undisclosed amount.

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Google Podcast app: Where to get it, how to use it

Google Podcast app: Where to get it, how to use it

This week Google's Podcast app was revealed in detail, from audio search to indexing. As it turns out, Google already released their Podcast App in the form of an update to their already-in-play Google Search app. Getting to this Podcast interface is not entirely intuitive - but for a good reason. Google doesn't just want to run over your face with their Podcasting abilities, not when you might want to be searching for other Podcasting apps. That's not what Google is all about.

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Siri daily news podcast feature rolling out to US, UK, Australia

Siri daily news podcast feature rolling out to US, UK, Australia

When you as Siri very early in the morning about the news, perhaps the last thing your still sleepy head wants to hear is an impersonal voice rattling off headlines. Perhaps you’d like to start your day with a freshly brewed cup of coffee and the voices of your favorite news reporters. If you’re that kind of person and you live in the US, the UK, or Australia, then you might be in luck. Tell Siri to “give me the news” and she’ll get out of the way and start playing a podcast instead.

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TuneIn Radio adds offline listening support for podcasts

TuneIn Radio adds offline listening support for podcasts

Podcasts are back in vogue, and listeners have numerous options for accessing them. TuneIn Radio is one such option, and it just received an update that makes it a bit more useful for regular podcast consumers: offline listening support. Thanks to this support, TuneIn Radio users can now download episodes of their favorite podcast and then listen to them later during a commute or other time when WiFi isn't available.

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Apple will release written news as ‘Spoken Edition’ podcasts on iTunes

Apple will release written news as ‘Spoken Edition’ podcasts on iTunes

With the growing popularity of podcasts and audiobooks these days, it appears that Apple is planning to offer a similar way for users to listen to written news articles. As part of new feature coming to iTunes soon, "Spoken Editions" audio podcasts will offer spoken word versions of written articles from a wide variety of news sources. Much like how Amazon's voice assistant Alexa is capable of reading news headlines and other information via the Echo speaker, being able to listen to the news frees up users to do other things at the same time.

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Podcasting app ZCast updated with record, edit, and share features

Podcasting app ZCast updated with record, edit, and share features

Users of the ZCast podcasting app will find an update awaiting them this afternoon with a variety of big-change updates. Amongst these are the ability to record casts, edit casts, and share casts directly to Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. Previously, users were only able to make live Podcasts happen in real time - now they're able to get access to their archive of casts, allowing them to build a library of recordings on the fly. Today's update also brings new features to listeners, making the entire app and ecosystem more robust and able to grow.

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3 great podcast episodes for Memorial Day (and beyond)

3 great podcast episodes for Memorial Day (and beyond)

It’s Memorial Day, and so you probably have a bunch of plans already in place. That might include a long drive to a relative’s house or a few hours in the fishing boat. Need something to listen to in your downtime? Fire up a podcast. If you don't already have some favorites, though, finding the right thing to listen to is daunting. Save yourself time and check out one of these great episodes instead.

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Apple holds meeting with top podcasters to discus the format, complaints

Apple holds meeting with top podcasters to discus the format, complaints

The last few years have seen the podcast audio format return as a popular entertainment medium, with the hit series Serial serving as a prime example of the large audience they can draw in. Apple seems to recognize this, along with the fact that there are a number issues frustrating podcast producers. A new report from The New York Times says the company recently met with several leading podcasters to discus the format's future.

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‘This American Life’ podcast arrives on Pandora

‘This American Life’ podcast arrives on Pandora

This past November, Pandora announced that it would be the exclusive streaming home for the podcast Serial, and that it would also be exclusively offering ‘This American Life’ starting sometime in early 2016. As it turns out, that day is today — as of now, you can fire up Pandora and be on the receiving end of ‘This American Life’ podcast episodes, increasing the number of options you have for playing them.

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Google Play Podcasts launched for Android and the web

Google Play Podcasts launched for Android and the web

Many years after some of Google's competitors launched their own portals for podcasts, Google Play launches their own for Android. This podcast portal launches within and paired with Google Play Music, where users are able to collect and stream podcasts at will. For those of you that aren't into streaming - you're pretty much out of luck. This may be launching in Google Play, but it's housed within Google Music. There you'll listen to all your favorites, inside the orange dome, with the new Google Play Music icon in full effect!

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