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3 insider tips to enjoying podcasts

Since first invented in 1895, people have used a radio for news, entertainment, and passing the time on long trips, and they still very much do. I know this first-hand. I host a national talk show on over 400 top radio stations across the United States and internationally on Armed Forces Radio.

When it comes to the spoken word, podcasting is also a force. According to Edison Research, the number of podcast listeners is growing from 21 percent to 24 percent year over year. Podcasts are easy to produce and distribute, and all kinds of would-be broadcasters have clamored to express themselves through downloadable sound.

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There are so many podcasts to tap into, we often forget just how many episodes we’re downloading. Podcasts don’t take as much space as video, but those megabytes do add up. Your phone may inform you that your space has nearly run out. But how? You’ve been so careful to conserve space! Why should your phone be flooded when you only have a handful of apps?

The culprit might be your podcast intake. How do you keep your queue in check? Here are some tips.

1. Take control of your podcasts

It’s easy to binge on podcasts because they’re free and easy to subscribe to. But when you automatically download, say, 30MB of data each time, you may be surprised how quickly you receive warnings that your phone is almost full.

Instead, think strategically about the subjects you’re interested in and how committed you’ll be. You can download one episode at a time, à la carte, and if you don’t find yourself jumping from episode to episode, there’s probably no reason to subscribe. You may love yachting, but you may not need yachting news five times a week.

At that point, locate the podcasts that you’re not enjoying and wish to unsubscribe from. If you are using Apple’s Podcasts App, swipe left on the podcast’s title and tap Delete. You can also remove just an episode. Again, find the title of the episode and swipe left.

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I also produce a weekly podcast that covers the top tech news. It’s designed so that in just a few minutes, you know what’s new in the relevant tech issues and topics that are continuously transforming our lives. Hear about gadgets, websites, cybersecurity, and every other aspect of the digital lifestyle.

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It’s simple to get loaded up with podcasts. Most media outlets and celebrities have their own podcasts. Simply search iTunes or Google Play to find the ones that interest you. You can also search by title or subject. Search results will show you both programs and episodes.

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