Subscribe To Any Podcast Directly With Apple’s Podcast App [iOS tips]

Subscribe To Any Podcast Directly With Apple’s Podcast App [iOS tips]

Using Apple’s recently released Podcast app for your browsing and discovery needs? Apple’s latest evolutionary step in the podcast world is a standalone app that took the podcasts out of the standard Music app and gave them a home of their own. This makes a lot of sense, as most podcasts are not strictly music. Audio, yes. Music? Not always.

The hype around the release of the app has been about discovery, of course, as giving the media type its own separate place for users to look at, complete with Apple’s own special sauce for featuring and categorizing things for their users, really helps us all find the podcasts we didn’t even know we wanted to listen to.

However, once caught up in the discovery process, you might not have known that you can subscribe to any podcast, whether it is featured or not, right from the Podcast app itself.

To do this, first you need the URL of the podcast you want to subscribe to. This can be found on the website of the podcast itself, or in iTunes on your Mac. For example, the CultCast is found at the following URL:

http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-cultcast/id503494956

Copy the URL on your iPhone or iPad and then launch the Podcast app. Tap on the Search icon in the lower right of your screen, and the app will give you a search field. Paste the URL you copied into the field, and Podcast will ask if you want to subscribe. Tap Subscribe, and you’re set.

This is a pretty handy way to get to podcasts directly, instead of having to search around for them in the Podcast app, especially when the podcast title has common words in it and doesn’t show up in the first few search results.

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  • Harold Kelly

    I’ve noticed on iOS6 that the Podcast App doesn’t sync with my Apple ID. I have different podcasts I’m now subscribed to on Apple TV, iTunes, Podcast App on my iPhone and iPad…which is frustrating. I’ve also noticed that it gets hung up when subscribing. Not too sure why this is the case but it takes a while to refresh once you do subscribe. I’ve thought about deleting the app then reinstalling…but I’m afraid I’ll lose the podcasts I’ve already subscribed to. They aren’t that easy to find in the app either. You can search for Cult of Mac and it won’t come up. I had to use the link you provided to find it.

  • Rob LeFebvre

    You can search for Cult of Mac and it won’t come up. I had to use the link you provided to find it.

    Hey, Harold – I did a search for The Cult Cast in the Podcast app and was able to find it, which shows you how a direct link can help. I’m not sure about the iTunes account sync, though. Anyone else tried this?

  • Harold Kelly

    Hey, Harold – I did a search for The Cult Cast in the Podcast app and was able to find it, which shows you how a direct link can help. I’m not sure about the iTunes account sync, though. Anyone else tried this?

    Yes but you have to put “The Cult Cast” in to find you guys. You can’t type Cult of Mac, or Cultcast or anything similar to it…you have to put it in exactly as The Cult Cast. It doesn’t seem very intuitive yet…maybe that will change (it probably will), but for now when out and about it drives me crazy! Especially when wanting to listen to the cultcast, which is my favorite!

  • shannon_f
    You can search for Cult of Mac and it won’t come up. I had to use the link you provided to find it.

    Hey, Harold – I did a search for The Cult Cast in the Podcast app and was able to find it, which shows you how a direct link can help. I’m not sure about the iTunes account sync, though. Anyone else tried this?

    iTunes account sync is definitely not working. Also, can’t download my favorite podcast through the app :( i can stream them, however…

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