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Directly Subscribe to Podcasts with your iPhone

Note: The following article walks you through how to subscribe to a podcast directly on the iPhone.  The principles are valid for any mobile smart phone, so if you have Droid, Palm, Windows Mobile, etc…you should be able to accomplish the same thing. Enjoy.

This article helps you set your iPhone (or other smart phone) up so that you can stay current with your favorite podcasts on the go without having to synchronize with iTunes on your computer. After reading this article you will ask why you haven’t already been doing this.



The traditional way to listen to podcasts is to subscribe to the podcast using iTunes on your computer, and then transferring the recent episodes to your iPod when you synchronize to iTunes on your computer. If you have an iPhone, Apple recommends that you to synch podcast episodes with a wired cord in exactly same manner as the old fashioned iPods.

That stinks! Plugging your iPhone in your computer is a downer. Your iPhone has an internet connection so why not subscribe directly using the iPhone, therefore having instant access without having to plug it in to your computer?

The version of iTunes Mobile that comes on your iPhone does not allow you to subscribe to podcast like you can with the desktop version. Why iTunes Mobile lacks the “subscribe” feature is a mystery to me. It would be a very handy feature. Luckily there is an easy work around.

Using the RSS reader of your choice, you can subscribe to a podcast’s RSS Feed directly without having to go through iTunes. There are dozens of RSS readers available for the iPhone, any just about all of them should work.

The most popular is RSS Reader is Google Reader, which can be found at http://google.com/reader . Google Reader has an optimized version available for just about every mobile device.  Best of all it is free.

With further ado, here is Bo’s step by step guide for directly subscribing to podcasts:

  1. Setup an account with the RSS Reader  of your choice, such as Google Reader.
  2. Enter this link in the reader: http://www.podcastrevolution.com/viewpodcast.php?pid=871
  3. When new episodes appear click them.
  4. Press Play.

I told you it was so easy that you would wonder why you haven’t already done this.

Below are screenshots of the process. Thanks to Benson in Alpharetta, GA for sending the screenshots.

In Google Reader, all available episodes will be conveniently listed

View the episode you want to play.

Click play and iTunes Mobile will handle the rest. You are now listening on the go!

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  1. Chris Fabri
    November 9, 2010 at 11:24 am

    This only works for *this* podcast. Or I suppose other podcasts published via podcastrevolution.com. It doesn’t work for podcasts in general.

    • Josh
      November 11, 2010 at 12:47 pm

      The example was for this podcast… Just use a different link for other podcasts or use the built in search that’s clearly labelled on the screen…

  2. April 19, 2011 at 7:18 am

    thanks! was helpful!

  3. Matt
    August 1, 2011 at 9:32 pm

    is it possible to do this for the podcasts on espnradio.com?

  4. JCD
    September 24, 2011 at 3:06 am

    Great workaround. Too bad it can’t be used with the native iPod app.

    • JCD
      September 24, 2011 at 3:09 am

      Specially, I mean it doesn’t appear natively on the iPod app, and therefore it can’t be added to the playlist. I listen to 20-30 podcasts daily, and so stuff everything into a playlist the night before. Having to choose each podcast to play would be disruptive.

      Still, a great workaround, especially when away from a computer, such as while on holiday.

  5. July 20, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    Thanks, will try with my list of podcast. Great post!

  1. April 29, 2010 at 7:22 am

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