Frugal podcasting app


Opportunities come and go and it looks like Podcoin and Readercoin are now defunct. You have to move fast in life to take advantage of opportunities like this and it looks like it is over. The rest of this post should still be accurate.

Podcasts are great! Need to do some tedious task? Make it interesting and listen to a podcast while you do it. Commute to work? Put on a podcast. Is it pledge week on public radio? Podcast it up!

Podcast apps are free, aren’t they? What makes one more frugal than another? Well, let's get into that.

But first, speaking of Frugality and podcasts, make sure to subscribe to my podcast, the frug life. It was added to some more platforms, so check it out.

So my prefered podcasting app right now is podcast addict (which you can also find my podcast on). It has many features and lots of customization options. So with that in mind, is isn’t all that beginner friendly. You have to set it up to do exactly what you want, and even then in still has some quirks.

For me, the biggest and most important feature is that it automatically downloads podcast episodes for me while I am on wifi. Then I can listen to them when I don’t have wifi. The app will just do this on its own and takes no effort on my part. In the olden days, I would manually download podcast episodes one by one (on my computer), put them on an SD card, and put the SD card in my phone. This new system is much better.

On this app, you can change the storage location to an SD card. I have generally had pretty small phones storage-wise, so the option to store data on an SD card is always a plus. This is probably why it took me so long to use a podcasting app in the first place. My phone had a built in audio player, and my phone itself had no storage space. I relied almost fully on an SD card. But with the option to customize where the podcasts are stored, it’s not an issue.

How I set up the app is to have it download and keep up to 5 episodes of a podcast, and download the most recent episodes. I also have it delete played episodes, and a few other tweaks here and there. It really is the king of customization.

There are lots of other podcast options. Google podcasts is a relatively new one. When I tried it, it just didn’t have all the options I was used to. Another interesting new podcast app is podcoin, a podcasting app that pays you to listen to podcasts! So I’m trying it out now, but you can use this link to sign up and get some free podcoins! You can use them to buy Amazon gift cards or other rewards.
Podcoin also has a sister app, readercoin, which pays you a little to read. It’s the same currency for both apps, and you share an account on both. I think it is also worth checking out. Actually because of readercoin, I’m playing with my next idea, writing a work of fiction. Let's see how that pans out.

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