How to play podcasts on your Alexa-enabled smart speaker by connecting a Spotify, Apple, or Amazon account

By Ryan Ariano

There is a seemingly endless supply of podcasts available online, and with Amazon Alexa smart speakers, listening to them has never been easier. 

Amazon's TuneIn platform allows you to listen to many podcasts directly on your Alexa-enabled device.

You can also connect Alexa to other audio apps, such as Spotify or Apple Music for access to even more content. 

While you can't search for a specific podcast on your Amazon Echo, you can search on Amazon's InTune website, or any other audio platform, and then request the podcast by name on your Alexa-enabled device.

Here's how to do it. 

How to listen to podcasts on Alexa

Alexa's default podcast streaming service is Amazon InTune.

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You can add a new podcast platform in the Alexa app.
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To listen to a random podcast on Alexa, you can say "Alexa play a podcast," though with the diversity of topics and hosts there is no guarantee you'll like it.

A better approach is to go to InTune's website on your Mac or PC and find a podcast that you're interested in. Then, ask Alexa to play that podcast.

Can Alexa play podcasts
You can browse podcasts on the website.
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You can also listen to Spotify or Apple podcasts on your Amazon Echo or Echo Dot, once you've connected Spotify or Apple Podcasts to Alexa. 

Just like with InTune, you can find a podcast you want to listen to on Spotify or Apple Music and then ask Alexa to play it by name.

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Browse podcasts on Spotify.
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On Spotify, for example, you can also create a playlist of some of your favorite podcasts, and then ask Alexa to play that specific playlist.

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