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How to listen to free podcasts: The internet's fastest growing trend

How to listen to free podcasts: The internet's fastest growing trend
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Hi there!

You've heard me talk about the Komando On Demand Podcast before, but did you know that podcasts are one of the internet's fastest growing trends? There's a reason for that. If you're not familiar with podcasts, you're really missing out. Let me share what podcasts are, and why you'll love them.

What is a podcast?

The term "podcast" came about because podcasts were primarily produced for iPod users, but you don't have to own an iPod to listen to them. In the same way my radio show is broadcast to listeners across the nation, podcasts are produced and "broadcast" to subscribers - or anyone who's interested in the topic, and wants to download them.

For my radio show, I'm always looking for the most interesting topics for my listeners. But there's not always time to delve into some of the topics in great detail.

That's why I love the Komando On Demand Podcast. In my podcast, I'm able to explore every aspect of a topic and share how it impacts you personally. Here's an example: I talk about how technology impacts our lives regularly on my show, but in one of my favorite podcast episodes I explored whether or not Google is making us dumb or smarter. Press play below to listen, and see if it changes your mind about the way you rely on tech to come up with the answers.

That's just one of the great topics from the Komando On Demand Podcast, but I share a new podcast each week on my site and on iTunes. I also share the latest updates from the tech world in my podcast, Tech News This Week.

By listening to my Tech News This Week podcast, you can stay up-to-date with what’s happening in the digital world the easy way! Here, I don't waste any time. I get right to the top stories, scams, security alerts, product reviews and crazy happenings in the world of tech. Click here to listen to this week's tech headlines

Why podcasts?

You're probably wondering: what makes podcasts different? For me, it's all about the convenience. I listen to my favorite podcasts while I'm cooking, or hiking, or in the car during my commute to the studio. With podcasts, you can can listen to exactly what you want, whenever you want. It's incredible!

Subscribing vs downloading

When you try podcasts out for the first time, it can feel a little overwhelming. There are so many podcasts to choose from, and not all of them cover the topics that interest you. That's why it's good to know that you can download individual podcast episodes to test them out first.

If you find a particular podcast that you really enjoy, you can subscribe to that podcast. When you subscribe, the newest episode of that podcast will automatically be downloaded to your phone when it becomes available.

How to listen and subscribe:

Listening to my podcasts is simple. If you subscribe to my newsletters, I'll share the latest podcast episode with you each week, as well as some of my favorite episodes from the archives. You can also hop on over to the podcast page on my site and listen for free through your web browser or download the audio files.

However, I know a lot of people like to listen on their mobile gadgets, so I'm going to tell you how to listen there as well.

ON APPLE

In the Podcasts app on your Apple gadget, search or browse for "Komando On Demand." Then tap on the podcast and then tap on the purple "Subscribe" button. This will give you "Komando On Demand" and "Tech News This Week."

Once you tap the "Subscribe" button, this adds the podcast to the "My Podcasts" area of the app and downloads the latest podcast episode. If you want to download previous podcasts, scroll down the episode list and tap the downward arrow coming out of a cloud.

Podcasts will also download any new podcast episodes that are released. Downloaded podcasts will be deleted 24 hours after you've listened to them, or marked as played. To keep an episode download around, or remove a download you don't care for, tap the circle "i" icon and choose "Mark as Played," "Save Episode" or "Delete Download."

ON ANDROID

Downloading podcasts on Android used to require third-party apps, but Google Play Music finally launched a podcast section. You can listen to podcasts through your web browser, or through the Google Play Music app on your smartphone.

To get our podcasts, open the Google Play Music app on your smartphone (or install it if you don't have it) and tap the search icon in the upper right corner. Enter "Komando on Demand" and it will bring up the podcast.

Note: You may need to update the Google Play Music app first to get access to podcasts. Open your Google Play app and tap the icon with the three horizontal lines in the upper-right corner. Tap "My apps & games" and tap the "Update All" button.

Tap the subscribe button so you get notified when new podcasts are available. Of course, the Google Play Music podcast feature is still in progress, so it might not work as well as third-party apps quite yet.

If you want to use a third-party app like BeyondPod, our podcast is available there as well. Simply search for "Komando On Demand," then tap on it and tap the "Subscribe" button at the top of the page.

BeyondPod will start downloading the latest episode. To listen, tap the icon with the three horizontal lines in the upper-left corner and look under "All feeds." Tap "Komando On Demand" and the latest episode will show up. In the title bar, where it says "My Episodes," you can tap and see all the available episodes for the podcast. You can stream or download any of them you wish.

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