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:
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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