Getting Started with Podcasting


Listen to a radio show you missed, follow news programs or interviews, wherever you want and whenever you want. That’s the promise of podcasts, these very trendy audio formats that allow you to get started simply with a good pair of podcasting headphones. In this article, we give you an overview of how podcasts work and tips on how to get started.

What is a podcast?

The podcast is a way to listen to audio content. It has been around for many years but is currently undergoing strong development. The podcast allows you to listen to programs on-demand, and offline, by downloading the content for free. You can subscribe to the programs to be notified of new episodes available. There are two types of podcasts: either the rebroadcast of a program or a chronicle that has been broadcast on the radio or a specific production that has never been broadcast on the radio, in which case it is called a “native” podcast. Often innovative in form and tone, their creators are closer to Youtubers than to radio hosts.

Where to find them?

First of all, you need to download an application to listen to and store your podcasts. Different platforms exist on which the programs are hosted. The best known is the one offered by Apple: Apple Podcast. On the latest models of the brand, it is automatically installed. For other smartphones, it is possible to download an application such as Soundcloud, Google Podcast or Juice.

These free platforms work as a large personal library. They allow you to play and manage your own list of shows. Finally, if you subscribe to Deezer or Spotify (on the phone, tablet, computer…), these two online music giants offer a podcast category, included in your subscription. Just go to the podcasts section, or type the name of a show in the search engine.

How do I subscribe?

After choosing your download platform, you need to search and subscribe to the podcasts you want. For example, if you want to download the latest edition of the program “L’invité de 7h50” from France Inter on Apple Podcast, you just have to enter the name of the program in the search bar. Once you have found the show, you can subscribe to it by clicking on the “subscribe” button. After subscribing, all episodes of the show will be downloaded. And each new episode will be automatically added to your personal library. If you don’t have a lot of memory capacity, don’t hesitate to delete your show once it’s been listened to avoid being hindered in your future downloads.

How to listen to them?

Smartphone, but also a tablet, MP3 player: podcasts can listen on all these media. With or without headphones. So you can cook, clean or play sports in an instructive way!

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How to listen to a podcast on your smartphone?

A podcast can be listened to anywhere, on public transport, or on your sofa from your smartphone. If you have an Apple product, you probably already have the podcast application installed. Open it and search for the name of the podcast in the search bar (e.g. “Le Parisien source code”). The home page of the podcast appears, with the list of the latest episodes. Just click on it.

On an Android phone, you can use an application like Google Podcast, Podcast Addict, or Castbox, by downloading it from the Play Store. As with Apple, just search for the podcast by name in the search bar and click on it.