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Listen Up, There’s An App For That!

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A couple of years ago, if you had asked me to explain what a podcast is, I would probably not have been able to give you the proper answer. Today, not only can I give you a definite explanation of this digital platform, but I can also tell you that I have learned to thoroughly enjoy being the guest and cohost of some popular podcasts within the blindness community.

What is a podcast? I’m glad you asked me that question. Here is the short, straight-to-the-point answer. a podcast is a program such as music or talk that is made available in digital format for automatic download over the Internet which you can then listen to on either your computer or mobile device such as a smartphone or tablet.

Choosing a particular podcast app to use can be a bit daunting because there are so many that are available to the blind and low vision to use for their listening pleasure. That’s why this week’s edition of, There’s An App For That, is going to help narrow the list a bit.

Editor’s Note: The following apps were chosen in no particular order and are based on accessibility, productivity and popularity. If you have a particular app or category that you would like showcased then drop Brie Rumery a message at brie@fedoraoutlier.com.

AGOGO

Description:

AGOGO is the easiest way to listen to all the audio programming you love — news, entertainment, music, sports and much more. Make the most of your daily
commute, walk or workout by streaming what inspires, enriches and entertains you. AGOGO Channels Your World by bringing together the freshest, most trusted
sources into a single unified service and experience.

Brie’s Comments:

The first time I heard of this app was a few weeks ago when I was recording the AllInAccess podcast with Mike Malarsie. He briefly mentioned it as an app he had picked to talk about for the show and of course I put it on my list of apps to try out. I’m glad I did. AGOGO is a definite must have recommendation for iOS users. The app is free, completely accessible, easy to use, has several categories to choose from especially the Universal Access guide where you’ll find such shows as: Fedora’s Delivering Access, MainMenu, Serotalk and other blind related shows. The only “bug” if you want to call it that is that when accessing the list of categories or shows, you will occasionally hear that familiar tone that indicates you have come to the end of the listing. This is not the case. Simply flick to the left or right and the listing will continue. Otherwise then that, this app is on my Top Ten list of favorite apps. Oh, I did forget to mention one little thing. All you women out there might want to take a listen to the WereStillTalking podcast which is a new show dedicated to blind women and is quite interesting.

Stitcher Radio

Description:

Listen to your favorite news, comedy, sports and talk radio shows and podcasts ON DEMAND from your iPhone or iPad.

Brie’s Comments:

Stitcher Radio is another good app for podcast listening. The app is free, easy to navigate and is VoiceOver accessible. There are various categories to choose from or you can search to see if your favorite show is available. All buttons and page elements are clearly labeled and I would recommend the app to both the new and advanced user of iOS. Give it a try and start listening to some of your favorite shows today!

Downcast

Description:

Download and listen to your favorite podcasts directly from your iOS device without the need to sync with iTunes.

Brie’s Comments:

Downcast was the very first podcast app that I downloaded to my phone and until I discovered AGOGO, was my favorite. The app is very accessible with VoiceOver and the buttons and page elements are clearly labeled. The app, however, will cost you $2.99 but it’s worth every penny. You can easily find what you are looking for by using the search feature, subscribe and download a podcast either manually or by using a URL provided and you can also view audio and video. You can also browse and download older podcast episodes + Auto-update podcast feeds based on schedule or location. If you are looking for a detailed app that is not difficult at all to use then give Downcast a try.

Podcasts

Description:

Introducing the all-new Podcasts app, an amazing way to discover, subscribe to, and play your favorite podcasts. Explore hundreds of thousands of free audio and video podcasts in the Featured tab, or browse Top Charts to see what’s hot right now. Add your favorite podcasts to personal stations that stay up to date when new episodes become available. You can sync playlists from iTunes, or create an On-The-Go playlist to play just the episodes you want. iCloud keeps your subscriptions, stations, and play position in sync across all your devices, computers, and Apple TV.

Brie’s Comments:

Listen to your favorite podcast show either on your iPhone or iPad. With this particular app you can synch between devices and you won’t miss a minute of your favorite episode. The app is completely accessible with VoiceOver and the ability to navigate through each and every page was quite easy. The app is free and I really did not have any difficulty using it at all. So what are you waiting for, download the app today and start listening to the local news, national weather or get caught up on what’s happening in the world of entertainment!

TuneIn Radio

Description:

TuneIn is a new way to listen to the world through live local and global radio from wherever you are. Whether you want music, sports, news or current events, TuneIn offers over 50,000 stations and 120,000 shows for you to choose from. The TuneIn Radio app lets you take this entire experience with you on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.

Brie’s Comments:

TuneIn Radio is a very simple app to use, is very accessible with VoiceOver because all of the buttons and page elements are clearly labeled. There are hundreds of shows to choose from along with hundreds of radio stations to listen to as well. The app is free so let your fingers do the walking and start listening to whatever you want from anywhere in the world!

Don’t fret if a particular podcasting app you use wasn’t mentioned. Like I said, choosing one that works the best for you can be a bit overwhelming, so I suggest that you try a few out yourself until you find the one that you just can’t live without!

Are you ready to be empowered? The Delivering Access podcast brought to you by Fedora Outlier, LLC will provide you the empowerment and inspiration to help you follow your dreams. Make sure to listen each and every week!

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