How to choose the right podcast player for you
Do you enjoy listening to podcasts? If you do and you’re starting to find that the default web-based podcast player or podcast apps on Android and iOS don’t cut it – there are lots of other choices out there.
In fact there are so many podcast players available that choosing one can be a bit tricky. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, there are a few factors you’ll want to look at to make sure that you select the right podcast player:
Looking for new podcasts to listen to can be difficult. Unless you know the specific title of the podcast, you’ll often have to browse through lists on websites to try to find content that you can listen to.
That is why having a discovery feature on your podcast player can make a world of difference. Ideally, it should help you to find the type of podcasts that you’d be interested in.
The exact nature of the discovery feature can vary, so you’ll want to look for whatever you feel is the best fit. Some may base their recommendations on trends, ratings, genres, or even what other users who listen to the same podcasts as you subscribe to.
Almost all podcast players will have the basic features that let you control playback and possibly skip small segments of the podcast (i.e. 5 seconds, 10 seconds, 30 seconds, etc.).
However some may have a lot more than that, and you may want to keep an eye out for features such as:
Voice boost that will help to amplify the voices in podcasts to make them easier to hear by normalizing the audio. It can be especially helpful if you’re listening to podcasts while commuting as there may be a lot of background noise all around you.
Trim silence is a feature that will remove any parts of the podcast that have no sound and skip past it. It is a good way to shorten your podcasts, and in some cases it could make a big difference.
Playback speed is a useful tool for many reasons. If you want you can increase it slightly (to 125% or faster if you enjoy speed-listening) and get through a podcast a little bit quicker. Alternatively you can increase it by more than that if you’re trying to find a specific part of the podcast quickly.
In some cases the features listed above may be called by different names, so you should find out what any playback features you don’t recognize actually do – and whether or not they are important to you.
Save & Export
Needless to say it is important that you’re able to save podcasts. Often you will want to download and save podcasts that you intend to listen to in advance and over your Wi-Fi connection so that you don’t need to use mobile data to do so.
Although most players will allow you to download and save podcasts, the manner in which they work can differ.
Some may let you automatically download and save any episodes that you’ve listened to, queue multiple downloads at once, or download episodes from podcasts that you haven’t subscribed to. At the end of the day it is a question of personal preference really.
On top of that you should try to look for export options. In most cases they are relatively standard, but some players may make it easier than others to export podcasts as MP3 or other audio formats.
Keep in mind that it is possible to download podcasts to PC using other means, such as Movavi Screen Recorder for example.
Advertisements and Price
Many podcast players are free – but include ads. The shape and form that these ads take can vary, and some may even be quite intrusive.
As you can imagine there is normally an option to pay for the player which will disable the ads. That is why price is an important factor as well, seeing as if you’re going to be using the player regularly it may be worth making the investment.
All said and done you should try to find a player that doesn’t have ads that are too intrusive, or that is within a price range that you’re willing to pay to disable them.
Make no mistake there are other factors that you may want to look for specifically, such as support for other devices such as Chromecast or Android Wear.
The factors listed above are generally what you should look at however – and you can add any specifics that you may need to the list. By using them as a starting point, you should be able to identify podcast players that would be a good fit, and significantly narrow the range of options that you will have to choose from.