Find your next favorite podcast

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So many podcasts out there, so little time … Rawpixel via deposit photos

It's a golden age for podcasting, with a plethora of top quality radio broadcasts now available on demand from a variety of sources and suppliers. Whether you're a science lover or a science fiction fan, or need to fuel another interest, there is definitely a podcast (or two) out there to match.

And you have a wide choice of ways to find podcasts – some of which you may not have considered before. If you've already missed all of his episodes PopSci& # 39; s the funniest thing I learned this week and at Techathlon, don't let your podcast run well and make sure you always have something exciting to come up to the queue.

Ask Spotify for help

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The more podcasts you listen to, the more Spotify will understand what you like.David Nilte

Spotify takes podcasting seriously, and this extends to recommendations. The next time you open the Spotify app on your laptop or phone, look for the home screen for the Daily Podcasts playlist that the streaming service has created for you.

Just like the music playlists compiled by Spotify's algorithms, this one is built using data from what you've heard in the past. Theoretically, the more podcasts you listen to, the better the algorithms of daily podcasts should be suggested in the titles you want.

Note that the playlist only appears if you've listened to at least four podcasts in the last 90 days and may recommend episodes of broadcasts you've already heard, as well as completely new ones. The feature is available at both free and premium levels.

Ask Apple Podcasts for tips

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Apple now has an app dedicated exclusively to podcasts.David Nilte

Now that Podcasts have become a separate application from iTunes to macOS Catalina, make the most of its new independence by promoting its recommendation pages. Even if you are not using the Apple app to listen to your podcasts, it can offer some useful suggestions.

The Browse the left section is the perfect place to start – you'll see some great podcasts recommended by Apple staff, and then scroll down to find more podcasts organized by categories like daily news, sports, comedy, and more but. You may not realize what kind of podcast you're looking for until a certain category name catches your eye.

You can't always rely on other people's tastes, but try it Top charts to see what other listeners wanted. If there is an ad campaign for a particular podcast, you will certainly not miss it if you check this section regularly. Unfortunately, it will be harder to do if you are on the go – as opposed to Browse part of the application, Top charts not available on Podcasts apps on iOS and iPadOS.

Ask the podcast app to choose

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Staffing options are always a safe way to find great podcasts.David Nilte

Obviously, we can't cover every podcast app out there (there are many), but whichever one uses it, it probably has some form of crawl option included – make sure you dig through the menus and options to see what recommendations are available.

But we'll highlight one of the popular Pocket Casts for Android and iOS. Touch Discover tab at the bottom and you'll see Recommended podcasts at the top, which are personal choices from Pocket Casts. Below, you'll see what a hit with other listeners shows and you'll be able to go deeper into specific subcategories that may be of interest to you, such as history or music. There's also the classic top search box, which you can use to search for specific topics of interest.

To start listening to a podcast, just tap it and select an episode to download. As with most podcast apps, sign up to receive future episodes by automatically tapping Sign up.

Ask your friends (or strangers)

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Podcast discussions are part of a balanced breakfast.AlexLipa through Depositphotos

Don't let algorithms and classifications take over your life completely – reintroduce some old-school recommendations into the mix by asking everyone to know which podcasts you should listen to.

Every social interaction is an opportunity – a clumsy feast, a trap with an old friend, sitting in the work cafeteria at noon, standing at the bus stop and noticing that someone is listening (just respecting the personal space). If you ask your friends and relatives with a taste like yours for recommendations, you are likely to get some high quality matches back.

When you exhaust everyone you know well, you can always reject a request for tips on Twitter or Facebook – you'll find that people are often very excited about carrying a podcast recommendation or two, even to complement strangers.

Other tracking options

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The Hearing service will help you find what you really care about.David Nilte

A good old-fashioned internet search can also show some good podcasts. We recommend that you perform a search on the Listen Notes service, which will search for podcast titles, episode titles, and episode notes for the results of your queries (whether you are looking for specific people or specific topics).

Newsletters are now popping up – podcast delivery is really worth a click and the listener will recommend three to five podcasts for you each day (if you can handle a lot). If you take a little spin around, you'll discover several newsletters like this one, so you should be able to find one or two that fit well with the kind of podcasts you are interested in.

Users always publish lists of the best podcasts and can also be viewed through online searches. Try searching for the "best podcasts" in a particular category you like or "podcasts like" something you already have. You need to find enough quality results to keep the podcast player busy for a while.