Want to listen to all of your downloaded podcast episodes on your iPhone in one go, without needing to switch between them? Here's how to create a station in Podcasts that will play all of the new episodes of shows you select.
Podcasts have become popular, with hundreds and thousands of shows available to download and listen to on many different topics. If you want to hear someone talk about a subject, such as photography, the stock market, or Apple news, there are many podcasts available for you to subscribe to for education and entertainment.
The problem, though, is that many podcast listeners don't go out of their way to properly manage their subscriptions, especially when it comes to playing episodes.
If you subscribe to a lot of podcasts on a subject, you might want to listen to any new episodes from the collection, but without wanting to choose a particular show. What's more, if you start playing one specific show, you will often end up hearing multiple episodes in a row of the same show.
This isn't an ideal situation if you want to have a series of podcasts playing in the background. For long listening sessions, you want some variety.
What are podcast stations?
One way to better organize your podcasts is by creating stations. Effectively similar to playlists as under iTunes or in Apple Music, a station is a collection of podcasts that you follow.
The station can be made up of as many or as few podcasts as you want. You can also set up multiple stations, such as subject-specific versions that group smaller collections of podcasts together.
Creating a podcast station in iOS and iPadOS.
You can also manage the order of podcasts that each station plays, or if a station only plays specific episodes of a podcast. You could even instruct it to play just the newest episodes, with it automatically updating whenever new shows become available.
Depending on your platform of choice, there are slight differences in the way you create a station. Ultimately, the method follows the same beats, so if you create a station on an iPhone, you'll easily understand the Mac's version, and so on.
How to create a podcast station on iOS and iPadOS
This will leave you in the newly-created station, which will also be visible within the Library.
How to create a podcast station on macOS
You will end up seeing the new station's listing within the Stations section on the left-hand panel of the app.
How to create a podcast station on tvOS
Again, the new station will appear in the library.
Station Settings and editing
When you create a station or edit a station, you are presented with a list of settings you can change to configure how the station functions. A few tweaks of these settings can fundamentally change how a station works.
Creating and editing a podcast station in macOS
To edit a created station:
The Station Name is self-explanatory, as it changes what the station is called.
The Play option allows you to set what order shows are played in. This includes a manual order, the newest to oldest, the oldest to newest, and by show title.
You can also Group by Podcast, which will organize the episode list by podcast. If you have multiple episodes from one podcast subscription, they will be played together, regardless of other settings.
Episodes refers to how many episodes per podcast are included in the station by default. This includes the most recent episode, the last two, three, five, ten, or all available episodes.
Media Type lets you specifically play audio-only podcasts, video podcasts, or a mix of the two.
The Unplayed toggle will only allow you to listen to episodes you haven't listened to yet, and will automatically exclude any you've heard already.
You also have the option to fine-tune on a per-podcast level the number of recent episodes you can listen to in a station. While the main Episodes option is treated as the default for the station, you can choose to include fewer or more episodes on the list.
Playing a Station
Once you have made a podcast station, playing it is similar to playing a playlist in Apple Music. You open the station in the library, select the podcast episode from the list you want to start from, and start playing it.
When each episode ends, the next episode on the list will automatically start playing. This will continue until the station list ends.
Deleting a Station
If you have a station that you don't want to have on the roster anymore, such as one where there's too few podcasts to sustain it, you may want to delete the podcast instead.
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