The Amazon Echo can be the hub of all the entertainment in your home. This includes listening to podcasts, music, or anything else that plays sound on your Fire TV. Podcasts are a great alternative to digital radio stations, and there are several ways to get them on the Amazon Echo.
Apple Podcasts may already be a part of your life if you have an iPhone or iPad. Since podcasts became a thing, the company has been one of the first to offer them. A number of third-party clients use the Apple Podcasts library.
If you have an Amazon Echo, you don’t have to worry about third-party clients or skills.
You can listen to Apple Podcasts right on your smart speaker, without the need for a third-party client or skill. Here’s what you need to do.
How to use the Amazon Echo to listen to Apple Podcasts
Like with Apple Music, the Amazon Echo’s Alexa platform has official support for Apple Podcasts. The support isn’t built in, though, like it is with Apple Music. You’ll need to spend a minute getting set up before you can listen to Apple Podcasts.
But there are only two steps you have to take.
- Find the Apple Podcasts skill in the Alexa app on your phone or tablet and turn it on.
- Use your Apple ID to verify the skill before linking it to your Alexa account.
You can now listen to Apple Podcasts on any Amazon Echo that is linked to your account. But there’s one more thing you should do to make it easier to listen to podcasts.
Once you’ve turned on podcasts, you’ll need to tell Alexa “on Apple Podcasts” to go to the right service. If you make Apple Podcasts your default platform for podcasts, you won’t have to do this.
- On your phone or tablet, open the Alexa app.
- Click on “More.”
- Open Settings.
- Tap the button that says Music and Podcasts.
- Tap Apple podcast in the menu.
- Tap Enable to use in the screen
- Tap Setting in subsequent to go Link Account page
- Tap Link Account, it will take apple username page enter your credentials.
- Tap Allow in Allow access request page.
- Tap Default Services and choose Apple Podcasts as your podcast provider.
When you ask Alexa to play a podcast, you won’t have to say “on Apple Podcasts” anymore. It’s also important to note that the Apple Podcasts skill is pretty basic right now.
You can play podcasts, but that’s pretty much it. If you ask for a certain show, it will only play the most recent episode and then move backwards through the older ones. So far, it looks like you can’t ask for certain episodes.
Since it syncs with your Apple ID, you can continue listening to a podcast on your Echo that you started on your phone and vice versa.
So, even though it’s simple, it’s a simple, hands-free way to listen to podcasts around the house.
With multiple devices, like an Echo Dot in each room, you can make a group and play the latest episodes from your favourite podcasters throughout your whole house.
The Amazon Echo is the best smart speaker for most people because it looks good, sounds great, and has access to the huge power of the Alexa ecosystem.