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How to get a podcast player set up on Android

How to get a podcast player set up on Android
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Podcasts are surging in popularity and for good reasons. You can listen to them on your own schedule. You can find subjects that fascinate you, from technology to sports to business to obscure stories from history. Whether you're looking to fill time on a commute, entertain yourself on a road trip, or just listen at home, then you want an easy way to access your favorite podcasts on your Android device.

While iOS users have Apple's handy Podcasts app at the ready, Android users need to seek out an app of their own. Fortunately, there are a lot of options available through the Google Play Store.

We'll look at some of the top choices for Android podcast apps. You may want to try out more than one to see which interface you like the most. Once you find an app that works for you, be sure to subscribe to our free Komando podcasts. We've got you covered with everything from Tech News Today to Komando on Demand podcasts featuring expert interviews and Kim's insights into how technology impacts our lives.

Try these podcast apps

When you open up the Google Play Store and search for podcasts, you will find a huge array of apps to choose from. These apps help you search for, subscribe to, play, and manage your podcasts.

While there are some free podcast apps out there, some of the best options come with a small price tag that's well worth the investment. Here are some of the most popular and highly rated apps that are worth a download. We'll also cover the range of Komando podcasts that will keep you informed and engaged with all the latest news in tech.

App: Podkicker Pro

Podkicker Pro is the upgraded $1.49 version of the free Podkicker Podcast Player. The biggest reason to upgrade from the free version is the removal of ads. The Pro version also gets updates sooner than the free one. This app is rightfully lauded for its clean, easy-to-use interface. If you prefer a simple, uncluttered experience, then Podkicker delivers.

Listen: Komando on Demand

Get started with Komando podcasts with Komand0 on Demand, Kim's entertaining and informative look at technology topics ranging from Amazon's cashier-less stores to the latest smart home devices. Expert interviews and lively commentary should make this your first stop for Komando news in the podcast format.

App: Pocket Casts

The $3.99 Pocket Casts podcast player has cleaned up in the reviews department with a 4.6-star user rating. The app has a "discover" feature that curates trending and popular podcasts, so you can easily browse for new podcasts. Smart filters help you organize your episodes. Pocket Casts is also available for other devices, including iOS. A handy sync feature lets you sign into the app on different devices and access all your podcasts.

There's one other key feature of Pocket Casts that applies to people who own Android Wear smartwatches. Pocket Casts is one of the few podcast players that supports Android Wear, so it's a smart choice for smartwatch fans.

Google has its own Podcasts app. Click to tap here to learn more Google Podcasts.

Listen: Tech News Today and Tech News This Week

Keep tabs on the latest happenings in tech with Kim Komando's daily Tech News Today and Tech News This Week podcasts that get you up to speed on top stories, from security alerts to product reviews.

Listen: Consumer Tech Update

If you're pressed for time, but still want to keep up on critical tech news, then check out the Komando Consumer Tech Update and get your news in a quick one-minute format.

App: Castbox
Castbox

Looking for a free podcast player? Check out Castbox. Of course, free doesn't mean no strings attached. Castbox is free because it's ad-supported. You will need to pay $1 per month if you want to ditch the ads. If you're okay with dealing with the fairly unobtrusive marketing pitches, then you will enjoy this well-organized app.

Castbox also offers a wide selection of free radio channels and audio books if you want to expand beyond podcasts. One of the app's more interesting features is an in-audio search, so you can seek out podcasts that match very specific subjects or keywords.

Listen: CyberLaw Now and Starting Line

Top attorney Steven Teppler hosts the Komando CyberLaw Now podcast. Join him for in-depth discussions on the intersection of technology and law, from online privacy issues to cybersecurity.

Starting Line is Kim's podcast geared especially for entrepreneurs. Learn the secrets to business success from startups and Fortune 500 companies alike.

All it takes is an app download to get your Android device up and running with a great podcast player. It will open up a wide world of incredible audio experiences. Then, subscribe to our Komando podcasts and keep yourself in touch with the pulse of technology.

How to start your own podcast

Get ready to join the podcast revolution and learn what it takes to start a podcast of your every own. Learn how to choose a topic and find the right software to get going. 

Click or tap here to discover how you can become a podcaster.

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