How to watch and listen to Podcasts on iPad

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It’s really amazing how much free content is available by using podcast. There are several thousand podcasts in iTunes for free. The great thing about podcasts is you don’t have to download them and take up space on your iPad or iPhone. Of course, you can download them if you want to do so, but the podcasts will stream  from iTunes to your iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, computer and Apple TV.

To get started watching podcasts on your iPad, open the iTunes app and tap podcasts at the bottom. When you find one you want to watch, tap the title for more information and the option to play the podcast. Once the video stats playing you have the option to expand the video by touching the arrows at the bottom right of the screen.

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If you choose to download the podcast you can do so by taping Free, then Get Episode. Audio podcast are accessible in the Music app by tapping More then taping Podcasts. You will need to have at least one podcast for the Podcasts option to show up. If it is a video podcast you will be able to find it in the Video app after its been downloaded.

I also noticed that there is not an AirPlay option for podcast but I guess that feature would be redundant since Apple TV has the ability to watch podcasts built in.

  • Mike

    The recent upgrade to iOS 5 REMOVED a number of features that avid podcast listeners were used to. Why? A bug? (No word from Apple on this).

    1. Many people report podcasts play at 1/2 speed … very annoying .. forget about it!
    2. No speed control on podcasts.
    3. No flags indicating what you’ve listened to.
    4. No way to sort podcasts, see dates, etc.

    In my post on Apple’s dicussion boards, I expressed my surprise that this passed Apple’s QA. I said the broadcast features SUCK, and Apple redacted that comment.

  • Edouard

    I do have my podcasts that play at 1/2 speed, this is just a headache.
    What can we do? Is it possible to restore the previous IOS, then reinstall IOS 5?
    I bet there is nothing to be done…
    Thanks,
    Edouard (Paris)

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  • Nicole

    These podcast features are terrible. I would love to be able to see my episodes in list view to see what I haven’t yet viewed. I use stitcher as long as I am in wifi range, but switching between on demand and downloaded media is such a pain. Episodes are displayed in alphabetic order, which makes no sense at all!

  • Karen Jolly

    Indeed, not having the dates, show descriptions, and an indicator that the podcast has been listened to is very annoying…so much so that listening to a podcast on the iPad is a nuisance. I selectively listen and like to have the show description available to determine if that episode should be heard or deleted. Any way we can request a change to Apple? The way it displays on the computer provides all the info I need. Thanks.