How to Listen to Podcasts Without iTunes

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Listening to podcasts does not require you to have an iTunes account, or an Apple device or Store, because they are available through several different platforms, including hosting websites and streaming platforms like Spotify and Amazon Music. To listen to a podcast, simply download your favorite streaming app to your phone and search for the episodes you want to listen to. Then, you will have the option to listen offline or online, depending on your subscription.

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Can You Listen to a Podcast without Apple?

If you do not have an Apple device such as an iPhone or iPad, you can still listen to podcasts. Streaming platforms like Spotify, Amazon Music, and Google all allow for you to stream podcasts, making sure that you don’t need an Apple device or an iTunes account to listen to your favorite shows.

How to Listen to Podcasts Offline

You do not need an iTunes account to access most podcasts that are currently streaming.

Listening to podcasts offline is as easy as listening to podcasts online, as long as you have the right access to them. Services like Spotify and Amazon Music allow for you to download podcast episodes to be accessed offline as long as you have the appropriate subscription type. You will have to pay a subscription fee to access these premium services. Another option, if the podcast is available on YouTube, is to download the video using a free program called youtube-dl. It allows you to download any YouTube video so you can listen to it while you’re offline.

How to Listen to Podcasts on an Android Device

Listening to podcasts on an Android device is as easy as listening to podcasts on an Apple device, as there are several apps and websites that allow you to stream podcasts for free or for a small fee. Some of the most popular streaming platforms are Spotify and Amazon Music, which are available to all Android devices. Another way to listen to podcasts on an Android device is to stream directly from the podcast’s website, if they have a built-in player on their site, or going to the podcast’s hosting platform.


Having an Android device or lack of an iTunes account will not keep you from listening to your favorite podcasts. Whether you download a streaming app like Spotify, or listen directly from a streaming website, you will have access to all the podcasts that are free and available to the general public. No iTunes account is needed for most podcasts unless they are only available on iTunes.