This is the easiest way to listen to a podcast on the Echo, Dot, or Tap. Just play the podcast through an app or website from your Bluetooth-enabled computer, phone, or tablet and pair that device with the speaker using Bluetooth.
This method also provides the best options for controlling the playback since you’ll have access to all the features of the player on your device, including skipping back and forward through the recording. For example, I use the Pocket Casts iOS and Android apps on my phones and tablets to play podcasts.
The main downside of this option is that you have to have a Bluetooth-enabled device. If you have a smartphone or tablet, it likely does have Bluetooth, but a lot of computers don’t. The other downside is that you have to have your device close by while you’re listening to the show to take advantage of all those features.
You can sign up for the TuneIn service, which lets you listen to 100,000 radio stations and millions of podcasts, for free. (There is a premium version that includes access to NFL and MLB games, thousands of audiobooks, commercial-free stations and more for $7.99/month.)
TuneIn is one of Alexa’s built-in apps, so you can stream it directly to your Echo. Unfortunately, there are a number of cons to this solution.
When you have an Amazon account, you automatically get Amazon Music, their cloud-based music storage service. You can add up to 250 songs to your library for free or pay $25/year for up to 250,000 songs. A podcast episode is considered the same as a song.
You can stream audio from your Amazon cloud service directly to your Echo. The advantage of this solution is that once you’ve put episodes into a playlist, you can move them around into any order you want.
The downside of this solution is that getting the podcasts into your cloud player and adding them to a playlist is ridiculously complicated. Here are the steps for doing it. NOTE: You can only do this from a computer; not from a mobile device. Likewise, you will need to install the Amazon Music app to your Windows or Mac computer; you cannot upload files using the web interface.
Once you have added the shows to the playlist, you can then say “Alexa, play playlist Podcasts from my music library” and your Echo will start playing them in the order you created. NOTE: After the first time you do this, you may be able to drop “from my music library” from your command. But if you don’t say that part the first time, Alexa will look for that playlist in Amazon’s own library and, when it can’t find one, will pick some totally random playlist to play instead.
Also, like with the TuneIn method, you can use the Alexa app to manage playback but you still have the limitation of not being able to skip forward or backwards. (It would be SUPER awesome if Amazon could somehow consolidate Alexa with their own Music player…)
So those are all the ways I’ve figured out to play podcasts through an Amazon Echo so far. If you know any other methods, or have tips to make the methods above easier, please share them in the comments below!
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If you upload a podcast to your Amazon Music library can you stop it and pick it back up later at the same spot?
Sorry, I haven't been able to reply sooner. I've tested this out and it only seems to work if you haven't played anything else or issued any other commands in between. If you have, then it doesn't know what to resume. Also, if you have multiple Echos (Taps/Dots) it will only work on the same device you started playing it on.