The ABC’s Of Listening To Podcasts: Getting Started

Podcasting is nothing new. In fact, people have been recording and publishing podcasts since 2004. Fast-forward 13 years, and according to one survey in 2017, 42 million Americans above the age of twelve listen to podcasts at least on a weekly basis. That’s just in the United States (unfortunately, I haven’t been able to find Irish and UK statistics). But you get the gist. That being said, for anyone new to podcasting, it can all seem a little overwhelming to navigate through so much content. This is what today’s article is all about: getting started listening to podcasts.

What Are Podcasts?

If you’re struggling to grasp the concept of what podcasting is, think about as audio blogging – in some way. If there are video podcasts that exist, more often than not, podcasts are themed series of spoken audio episodes (a bit like a radio talk show). They can have different objectives:

  • educational
  • entertainment
  • business
  • personal growth, etc.

In a nutshell, a podcast is a series, and an episode is one audio recording from a podcast. So, in essence, if a podcast were a TV show like Stranger Things then the podcast episode would be like an episode from the show (say Chapter One: Mad Max).

Simple? Great. Next, how to get started listening to podcasts.

Listening To Podcasts: The Essentials

With more than 115,000 English-language podcasts available on the internet, all touching upon different subjects, you’ll undoubtedly find a show you’re into.

Finding An Interesting Podcast

Because there are so many available online now, you can simply open a google page and search for any topic that interests you and add ‘podcast’ at the end of it. For example, your search request could look something like this: “business growth podcast”. I’ve just run here for you, and some the top pages that come up are:

Nine times out of ten, whatever the search term you put in, you’ll be getting quite a few suggestions.

Subscribing To A Podcast Series

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On an iOS (Mac) device, you can use iTunes Podcast app (see the icon above). Simply click on it, and proceed to search for a podcast as you’d do on Google. You will get a few suggestions coming up and will be able to subscribe to the ones you’d like – automatically adding them to your Podcast’s Library. If you don’t have a particular topic in mind, you can also just ‘browse’ iTunes Podcast library.

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On an Android device, you will need to download a podcasting app. Two of the most popular ones would be Podcast Addict and CastBox (click on the links to access the respective download pages). From there, it’s the same logic: search for a particular topic or show and subscribe to add it to your library and get new episodes automatically.

On a desktop computer, you can head over to Podbay.FM, which counts numerous shows. All you have to do is once again, search for a particular topic or show and then, plug your headphones or speakers in!

Check Out Phorest FM, The Salon Owner’s Podcast

Co-hosted by Killian Vigna (Education Research & Development) and Zoé Bélisle-Springer (Blog Content & Social Media Executive), Phorest FM is a weekly show that puts forth a mix of interviews with industry thought-leaders, salon/spa marketing tips, company insights and information on attending Phorest Academy webinars. Currently, the podcast follows a monthly structure of:

  • interview episode
  • discussion episode (we take topics and review them or have Phorest staff on the show to discuss a particular topic)
  • interview episode
  • monthly round-up

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