#1. Use the AnyPod skill instead of the default
You'll be able to subscribe to your favorite podcasts, more easily use Alexa to control your podcast listening and more. To enable the AnyPod skill, tap/click here then tap/click the "Enable" button (it's free!).
#2. It's super easy to turn on your favorite podcast with Alexa
Just say "Alexa, ask AnyPod to play the Fresh Air podcast" (insert podcast of your choice!).
#3. The 2 most useful podcast listening commands
For more commands to control your podcasts with Alexa, tap/click here
- "Alexa, pause" will pause the podcast, and AnyPod keeps track of where you left off
- "Alexa, ask AnyPod to fast forward 2 minutes" (or rewind)
I usually listen to podcasts at 1.25x or 1.5x speed from my phone, and I was disappointed to learn that Alexa can't speed up podcasts. A good workaround is to play the podcast from your favorite podcast app on your phone and use your Echo as a bluetooth speaker.
Bonus Pro Tip: Use your Echo as a bluetooth speaker to play podcasts at a faster speed