You have an Amazon Echo and you may already know how to play songs and albums through Amazon Music, but what about podcasts? If you are a dedicated podcast listener and want to open your favorite shows on your Alexa device, Apple Podcasts is now an option where you can ask Alexa to play the latest episode of your favorite podcasts. You can also listen to podcasts via Spotify, iHeartRadio, TuneIn and SiriusXM.
Linking podcast services
Your first task is to add and link the various services that offer podcasts. To do this, open the Alexa app on your phone or tablet. Tap the burger menu and select Settings> Music and podcasts> Link new service and then choose the service you want to add, such as Apple Podcasts.
Tap the button to turn on for use. You will then be asked to log in to the service to link your account to Amazon. Log in to your account. Tap the button to allow access, and then tap Done. Go back to the previous screen and add other services that you want to use to access podcasts.
In some cases the service appears in the list under the Link new service button, but that does not necessarily mean that you have access to the app. Tap a service from this list and log in if necessary.
Setting a standard Podcast app
Next, you want to set a specific service as the default podcast provider, which means that you specify the name of the service when you request a podcast.
For example, if you set Apple Podcasts as the default for podcasts, you can simply say something like: "Alexa, play the latest episode of & # 39; Conan O & # 39; Brien needs a friend, & # 39; & # 39; and Alexa plays it automatically from Apple Podcasts. If this is not the standard service, you should say: "Alexa, play the latest episode of & # 39; Conan O & # 39; Brien needs a friend & # 39; of Apple Podcasts. "
To set the default setting, go to Settings> Music and Podcasts> Standard Services then tap the Change link in the Podcasts section and select the podcast service you want to use as the default
Now you can ask Alexa to play specific podcasts and podcast episodes By default, Alexa plays the latest with Apple Podcasts In some cases, you may not want to listen to the latest episode if you try to catch up with previous episodes. If you want to play a specific episode where you left off, say, "Alexa, resume & # 39; ; Brien needs a friend. & # 39;
 You can look up podcasts via Spotify, iHeartRadio and TuneIn in a similar way.
Looking for some good podcasts? You can search for podcast services – such as Stitcher, Luminary, Pockets Casts and more, or even individual podcasts – via the Alexa app. Tap the burger menu and select Skills & Games> Categories> Music and audio and then tap the View More link under Podcasts Skills of the page. Swipe through the Podcast Skills screen and tap one of your interests.
Return to the Skills & Games screen Tap the Search icon and type podcasts in the search You can now scroll through the list and press tap a podcast skill that interests you.
You can also search for specific podcasts with certain supported services, including iHeartRadio and TuneIn. In the Alexa app, tap the Play button at the bottom.
That brings you to the music and book screen that shows your music you've played recently, as well as music and audio books that you have access to . Swipe the screen down to the iHeartRadio Local Radio section. Tap the Browse link. In the Recommended Podcasts section, tap the View All link. Swipe the screen down to the iHeartRadio Local Radio section and tap the Browse link. In the Recommended Podcasts section, tap the View All link. The following screen shows an example of podcasts from iHeartRadio.
Find the service on the Music & Books screen and tap the Browse link for the TuneIn Local Radio section. On the TuneIn screen, tap the View All link for this week's 25 best podcasts. The following screen shows the latest top 25 podcasts available through TuneIn.
You can also just open the special app for each podcast service – Apple Podcasts, Spotify, iHeartRadio and TuneIn – to browse and search for specific podcasts and then ask Alexa to play them.
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