How to Play Podcasts with Alexa on Amazon Echo

How to Play Podcasts with Alexa on Amazon Echo


Hi. I’m Max Dalton, and in this video I’m going
to talk through how to use the AnyPod skill to use your voice to play and control podcasts
through your Amazon Echo device. One of the more hidden talents that Amazon
Echo devices have is the ability to play and control podcasts. While Echo’s Alexa has a pre-installed TuneIn
skill that you can use to play podcasts, the service does a poor job of identifying what
podcast you’re asking for, and it offers virtually no controls for navigating between different
episodes of a podcast, or within a specific podcast episode. However, the AnyPod skill for Amazon Echo
devices is free and easy to install, and does a masterful job of recognizing what podcast
you’re asking for, and offers a wide breadth of controls for navigating between different
podcast episodes, or jumping around to different parts of a specific episode. And now, let’s talk through how to install
and use the AnyPod skill with Alexa on Amazon Echo devices. Step 1. Say, “Alexa, enable the AnyPod skill.” Alexa will inform you that the AnyPod skill
has been enabled on your device, and then she will encourage you to ask to play a specific
podcast. Step 2. Say, “Alexa, ask AnyPod to play (blank) podcast,”
inserting the name of the podcast you want to play. For example, if you want to listen to the
Now Playing podcast, you would say, “Alexa, ask AnyPod to play Now Playing.” If the podcast is found, Alexa will inform
you that she is now playing the latest episode of your requested podcast, and will also tell
you the episode title of that specific podcast. If your requested podcast can’t be found,
Alexa will inform you that your podcast can’t be found on AnyPod, but it will be noted and
it may be available in the future. Step 3. To move back to the previous episode of the
podcast you’re listening to, say, “Alexa, ask AnyPod to play the previous episode.” Alternatively, you can also play the next
episode by saying, “Alexa, ask AnyPod to play the next episode.” Step 4. You can jump to a specific episode of a podcast
while listening to that podcast if you know the episode number by saying, “Alexa, ask
AnyPod to play episode (insert episode number).” For example, if I was listening to the Now
Playing podcast and wanted to listen to the 75th episode of that podcast, I would say,
“Alexa, ask AnyPod to play episode 75.” Step 5. You can jump around within a specific episode
by saying, “Alexa, ask AnyPod to fast forward 30 seconds” to go forward 30 seconds within
a specific podcast, or by saying, “Alexa, ask AnyPod to fast forward three minutes”
to move forward three minutes within a specific podcast. Step 6. If you need to start a podcast over again,
simply say, “Alexa, ask AnyPod to restart.” Congratulations! You’re now up and running with using the AnyPod
skill on your Amazon Echo device, and can easily play and control podcasts using your
voice through your device. Thanks for watching. Click the video link on the right side of
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8 thoughts on “How to Play Podcasts with Alexa on Amazon Echo

  1. Is there any way to make this skill one podcast specific? so i could say "alexa, play scary story time" and it will just play my feed? I'm trying to create a skill right now for that. thanks

  2. Hi I have tried to enable Anypod on Second generation Echo and Alexa says do I mean Mypod skill which doesn’t seem to allow me to navigate to a particular podcast episode. Any suggestions on how to remedy this? Best Jim

  3. It would be useful to include – how to un- blocking popups on safari for this "AnyPod", I could not use this Alexa skill until I did that.

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