While reminiscing about the days of minimal communication and entertainment choices, many of us can recall how we could watch or listen to only a few TV programs on Doordarshan and Akashwani. With only a handful of choices to access audio and video content, the source of information was limited and restricted. The internet has changed everything; from how we send and receive information across all mediums. Podcasting is one such innovation that has opened the floodgates of information.
Podcasting, today, allows individuals to unite on a global level. It lets them explore, compare, challenge and make connections with their inner thoughts and beliefs. This broadens their ability to consume, create and consider something new. So, if you are curious to listen to something captivating, new or delightfully familiar- or you’re someone with a unique pool of information, entertainment or ideas to share with others, this International Podcast Day, tune into these apps on your smartphone and get started:
The father of Indian podcasts, Hubhopper is a Podcasting and Audio on Demand platform with an extensive regional language-specific content database in more than 15 languages including Hindi, English, Telugu, Malayalam, Tamil, etc. It has an elaborate directory of over a million hours of content comprising originals.
Launched in 2007, JioSaavn is one of South Asia’s leading digital music streaming services, transforming how people around the world access and experience music on a daily basis. The platform is currently accessed across the globe and offers over 50 Million tracks in more than 16 languages. The music streaming platform also has its in-house record label and artist development program, Artist Originals (AO). The program provides a dedicated platform to independent artists, amplifying their careers and introducing global music lovers to new sounds and multi-cultural artistry.
One of the world’s best and most popular music streaming services, Spotify joined the podcast bandwagon in 2016. The platform’s user interface is incredibly easy to use. Users can download Spotify to organize and listen to podcasts from a dedicated area, distinct from their music. It doesn’t have many settings and controls like a traditional podcast app, which makes it hassle-free to access by anyone and everyone.
Designed with an intuitive interface, Stitcher is one of the finest podcast apps to use if you are wanting to listen to something now. The main page features and recommends a stream of episodes from podcasts based on the topics you chose while creating your account. You can also browse through individual topics to find new podcasts, create a playlist of your favourite shows, and connect with other friends using this app to see what they’re listening to.
5. Google Podcasts
Although Google introduced its podcast support for Google Play Music in 2016, the platform has recently released a stand-alone podcast app to fit into its ecosphere. Furnished with a sleek design, the app features more than 2 million podcasts. Its integration with Google Assistant and Google Home makes it easy for the users to listen to the audio content using voice commands to play, pause, and resume. This means your podcast listening can be easily synced across your multiple Google devices. The app also comes with some cool features like closed captions and real-time translations.
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