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How to leave a podcast review on iTunes and on Google Play

How to leave a podcast review on iTunes and on Google Play
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Every Podcaster -- like America's Digital Goddess! -- loves a user review. Maybe a mystery podcast sent chills up your spine, maybe a history podcast taught you something new, or maybe you just want to say "Hey, I appreciate you!" to the producers behind the show.

But it's not just podcasters that use reviews. Other listeners peruse the ratings and reviews before deciding whether to download and subscribe. You probably check them yourself before adding to your library of podcasts.

User reviews can also alert you to technical and other production issues, tricky things like age appropriateness, and other inside info you want before putting in your earbuds. Leaving a review is a quick way to give back to the community and let people know whether to slap that subscribe button or steer clear.

Figuring out how to leave a review for your favorite podcast can be a little tricky, but take these steps, and you'll have your voice heard.

Leaving a podcast review on iTunes

While podcasts may or may not be musical in nature, Apple still channels it through the iTunes store. To leave our review, we need to find the podcast's page in iTunes. There are several different ways to get this done. First, you'll want to open iTunes.

For podcasts you subscribe to

  • From your Library page, choose Podcasts from the drop-down menu on the left. This will take you to your podcasts page.
  • Select the podcast you'd like to review from the list.
  • Click the icon with three dots.
  • Choose Show in iTunes Store from the drop-down menu.
  • From the Store page, select the Ratings and Reviews link.

If you don't subscribe or can't find it

Maybe you don't subscribe to that podcast or can't find it in your list. It's okay! Lots of us have piles of podcasts waiting to be heard and the titles can run together.
If it's a popular podcast, it may be on the front page of the iTunes store. To look:

  • Go to the Library page in iTunes.
  • Choose Store to be taken to the iTunes store
  • From the drop-down menu on the left, select Podcasts

This will take you to the front page of the Podcasts section, which features popular and highly-rated podcasts of all kinds.

Using the search window

If you can't find it in your Library or on the front page of iTunes, it's time to do a little digging. Look for the white search window in the upper right corner of iTunes.

  • Type the name of the podcast in the search window
  • Make sure to select Store so iTunes looks in the right place.
  • Click on the name of the podcast in the podcast field at the bottom.

Leaving your rating and review

Once you're on the Podcast's Ratings and Reviews page, you have two options. The five star "Click to Rate" section is a quick way of saying "This is great" or "Maybe give this one a pass," but it also doesn't provide a lot of depth. If a podcast is pretty good but sounds like it was recorded underwater, it's possible they don't know. Likewise, some people might not mind a little echo if they want to find out obscure historical details. That's where reviews come in.

  • Click "Write a review."
  • You'll need to sign in with your Apple ID and password

You'll be presented with the Write a Review screen. You can give yourself a nickname, so nobody knows about your secret love of Lady Gaga. You can also give your review a title, a little summary before you hold forth or to cover the big issues. There's the chance to give the star score. And then you can enter the text of the review itself. Talk about what you like or dislike and think about what you'd want to know before subscribing, but no spoilers! Hit submit and you're all set.

Don't worry if your hot take doesn't appear right away. Sometimes, it can take a couple days or even a few weeks to be reviewed. This helps cut down on spammy or unhelpful reviews.

What about Android?

While podcasting was originally named for Apple's iPod, even Android devices can listen to their favorite news and spooky stories on phones and tablets. However, Google Play's Music app does not have support for leaving a review the way iTunes does. There are some third-party apps and sites to visit that provide a little more details on podcasts, but you won't be able to do it even on Google's Podcasts app.

Check out our podcasts

If you're just getting into podcasts or need a few more to fill your phone, there's a passel of free podcasts ready to fill your ears with the latest and greatest tech news, tips, and more. Subscribe to these on iTunes, Google Play, or Spotify now.

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Hang out with Kim on a schedule that suits you with Komando on Demand. America's Digital Goddess gives her own perspective on the world of technology and talks to noted experts in the field. In the latest episode, Kim talks to a retired FBI agent and a linguistics professor about using digital footprints to track down real-world killers.

Tap or click below to listen to the latest Komando on Demand.

 Tech News This Week

Get all the top headlines, breaking news, product recalls, and info you need now on the world of technology with Kim's Tech News This Week.  Find out what Facebook is doing with your data, learn how a 60-year-old programming language could earn you a very nice salary in 2018, and prepare for a rising tide of spam calls to your phone, and that's just this week!

Tap or click below to hear the latest Tech News This Week.

Consumer Tech Update

Don't have a lot of free time? Kim takes you into the world beyond the headlines to explore the technology we live with every day in about a minute. Looks like Facebook got hacked again, but what does that mean for you?

Tap or click below to listen to Consumer Tech Update.

Tech News Today

Even veteran techies will find out something new from Tech News Today. This podcast covers the day's breaking news, from road signs that watch your every move to new Google Maps features, including music. OK, Google Maps, I'm lost. Play "Despacito."

Tap or click below to hear the latest Tech News Today.

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On the internet, everyone thinks they're a lawyer, but the digital frontier is no longer the Wild West. Find out all about cyberlaw and the implications for your business and your life with Steven Teppler. This week: Online privacy. How much of a right to privacy do you actually have?

Tap or click below to listen to the most recent CyberLaw Now

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No matter how big the boardroom is, that Fortune 500 probably started in a bedroom (or garage). Find out how entrepreneurs big and small got their start on Starting Line and learn how to turn your dreams into reality. This week, we find out what it takes deep down to launch that small business.

Tap or click here for the latest Starting Line.

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