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Alexa Skills: Podcast Central

Thanks in part to Alexa devices, podcasts have seen a spike in popularity. Locating good podcasts has always been a problem. But, also when you finally find a few favorites, not every podcast app indexes every podcast – so you miss out hearing your favorite shows.

A new Alexa skill called AnyPod is attempting to help bring more of the best podcasts to Alexa devices. With more added daily, the service already indexes over 1,000 popular podcasts. You can also make suggestions using the anypodskill@gmail.com email address.

Examples of things you can say…

“Alexa, ask AnyPod to play This American Life”
“Alexa, ask AnyPod to play Joe Rogan”
“Alexa, ask AnyPod to fast forward 2 minutes”

The podcast voice controls are pretty comprehensive, including pausing, starting, restarting, locating new episodes, rewinding by specific time indicators, beginning at specific points, etc.

Where to get it: You can locate the AnyPod Skill in the Amazon Alexa app, enable it using your voice, or use the following web link: AnyPod

Alexa is available for Amazon devices Echo, Dot, Tap, Echo Show, Echo Look, Fire tablets, and Fire TV, but also on iOS, Android, and the web with Reverb.ai.


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A community professional, keynoter, and evangelist who has driven social media and marketing strategies, editorial successes, delivered customer successes and built some of the largest and longest-running online communities. Rod has created, managed and grown small, medium, and mega-sized conferences; run entire editorial teams to deliver record traffic and market leadership; as product manager, directed the success of hundreds of product releases; supported sales and marketing to ensure customer success; developed, run and sold businesses; written thousands of technical articles, white papers, case studies, and technical documentation; hosted and delivered hundreds of attendance shattering webinars and virtual tradeshows; and delivered keynote speeches and sessions at a wide variety of events including conferences, webinars, events, and user groups.

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