Subscribe to and play podcasts

Overview

Podcasts are audio or video files that you can subscribe to online. Typical podcast content includes radio and TV programs, news shows, musical performances, and technology reviews. They’re often distributed on a periodic basis or as a regular series.

How to subscribe to podcasts

You can add podcasts to your Zune collection by subscribing to them at the Zune Marketplace. Each time a new episode of the podcast is released, the Zune Music + Video software will automatically download it for you and save it to your collection, under Podcasts. If you want to subscribe to a podcast that isn't in the Zune Marketplace, you can subscribe to it from the podcast’s website.

To subscribe to a podcast from Zune Marketplace

  1. Open the Zune Music + Video software, click Marketplace at the top of the screen, and then click Podcasts.
  2. Choose a podcast, and then click Subscribe. Repeat this for each podcast you want to subscribe to.
  3. To see the latest podcast, and other ones that you’re subscribed to, click Collection at the top of the screen, and then click Podcasts.

To subscribe to a podcast from another website

  1. Go to the webpage of the podcast you want. Click the RSS feed button located on that page, and then copy the URL that is provided for subscribing to the podcast.
  2. Open the Zune software, click Collection at the top of the screen, and then click Podcasts.
  3. Below the Podcasts list on the left side of the screen, click Add a podcast.
  4. Paste the URL into the text box, and then click Subscribe.

To download a single episode of a podcast

You don’t have to subscribe to an entire series if you just want to listen to one episode. Here’s how to download an individual episode:

  1. Open the Zune Music + Video software, click Marketplace at the top of the screen, and then click Podcasts.
  2. Choose a podcast, and next to the episode that’s available for download, click Download.

To unsubscribe from a podcast

If you decide that you don't want a podcast, you can unsubscribe. Here’s how:

  1. Open the Zune Music + Video software, click Collection at the top of the screen, and then click Podcasts.
  2. Click the podcast series you don't want, and then click Unsubscribe in the right-hand column of your screen.

How to play podcasts

Playing podcasts on your computer

  1. Open the Zune Music + Video software, click Collection at the top of the screen, and then click Podcasts.
  2. Find an episode you’d like to listen to. If you see a Download button next to it, download it first, and then click the episode to play it.

Playing podcasts on your Windows Phone 7 or Zune player

  1. Open the Zune Music + Video software, click Collection at the top of the screen, and then click Podcasts.
  2. Plug your device into your computer using the USB cable that was included with your device.
  3. Click and drag the podcast series or episode to the Device icon in the lower-left corner of the page.
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On your device, go to Podcasts and you should see your new episodes in there.

Automatic bookmarking

When you stop a podcast part way through, the Zune software records and bookmarks the place where you stopped. You can resume from that spot later when you play the episode again. If you sync the episode to a device, the bookmark is also synced. The next time you play that podcast after you sync, you'll pick up where you left off.

Playback order

You can choose to download episodes in any order, from newest to oldest. For example, if you’re downloading news podcasts, you’ll probably want to listen to the latest one first. Alternatively, if you’re listening to a language course podcast, you’ll probably want to start from the beginning and download the oldest episode first.

If you choose the newest episode first, Zune will download new episodes and delete the old ones, even if you haven't played them. If you choose to play the oldest episodes first, Zune won't download the next episode until you play the existing one.

You can change the playback order separately for each podcast series.

  1. In the Zune Music + Video software, click Collection in the upper-left part of the screen, and then click Podcasts.
  2. Select an existing podcast subscription, and then click Series settings in the lower-right corner of the page.
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  1. On the Series Settings menu, select your preference under Playback order.
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How to submit a new podcast request

Windows Phone 7, Windows Phone 8.0, or Zune

Didn’t find the podcast you want to subscribe to? Submit your podcast suggestion by email.

Your podcast will be added to the catalog within one business day, and you’ll be notified by email.

Windows Phone 8.1

Windows Phone 8.1 uses a Bing-enabled web search mechanism to locate podcasts. To improve the search results of your podcast, add "feed:podcast" to your keywords tag within the RSS podcast feed. Podcasts can also be located by entering the RSS feed directly into the podcast app search window.

Improve Bing-enabled podcast search results

By using Bing Webmaster Tools, you can tell Bing about your site. In return, Bing Webmaster Tools tells you how well your site is performing in Bing and Bing-powered search (including Yahoo!) and keeps you up to date about issues we see on your site.

To inform us about sitemaps or RSS feeds, including those containing podcasts, follow these steps:

  1. If you haven’t done so already, sign up with Bing Webmaster Tools.
  2. Add the site that hosts the Podcast RSS/feed and verify ownership of the site.
  3. Use the Submit Sitemap tool and submit the full URL of the RSS feed containing the links to your podcasts.

Within a few hours, you’ll see whether Bing successfully downloaded your sitemap or feed so that it can be indexed.

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