A Podcast User’s Guide for People Who Don’t Use iTunes or iPhones

We routinely hear from people who’ve heard about our Freakonomics Radio podcast, but feel somewhat shut out from the podcasting world because they don’t use an iPhone or iTunes. So here are some alternative options:

1) For Android Users

Freakonomics Radio can now be heard on Google Play. Also, we’ve heard great things about Pocket Casts, which, for $3.99, syncs your favorite podcasts and keeps them backed up. You can also stream it to your Chromecast. Pocket Casts also works for Apple devices.

2) Windows Users

You actually don’t need a third-party app to stream, download, or subscribe to podcasts. It’s super simple: here are instructions. If you use a Windows phone, you can download the Podcast Lounge app to subscribe and listen to Freakonomics Radio.

3) Stream from our website or RSS Feed:

If you’re listening from your computer, this is probably the easiest way. Go to the Freakonomics Radio page and click on the “Feed” button on the right-hand side just below the search bar (or access it here). This will take you to a list of all of our podcasts. Find the one you want, and click “Play Now”; an MP3 of the podcast will now begin downloading to your computer. When the download has finished, you can open it with your media player of choice.

Alternately, you can also download a podcast from its individual page on Freakonomics.com/radio. You can click the play button to start streaming or click the “WNYC” link, which will take you to a WNYC page where you’ll see a “download” button under the player.

4) WNYC App

You can download the free WNYC App for iPhone or Android. In the app, go to “shows” in the dropdown menu. Scroll down to find Freakonomics Radio, pick an episode and hit “play” to start streaming. If you want to download an episode, hit “save.” You can adjust the settings — whether you want to bookmark an episode or download it, e.g. — under the “saved audio” tab.

5) Stitcher App and Swell App

You can listen to Freakonomics Radio on Stitcher or use the Stitcher app. On the app, select Freakonomics Radio and add it to your favorites playlist. You can also add specific episodes to your playlist, and again you can use the settings to adjust whether you want to stream or download for offline listening. We’ve also started hearing good things about the Swell app.


Any other suggestions? Please leave any listening tips or workarounds in the comments below — and, as always, thanks for listening.


I never listen to your podcasts because I can't download them. EconTalk is so much easier.


Very helpful even in a hellhole place like KARACHI,PAKISTAN

Mary Miller

Where is the link I can copy and paste into my podcatcher?

albert Gordon

My wife, like President Obama, has a Blackberry that she loves and will not give up. How can she get your podcast on it?


The most obvious and simplest way around this is to simply let people download the .mp3 file. This is what I end up doing, but requires logging into a computer and copying files, etc., is annoying.


You claim to offer instructions for people to subscribe to podcasts who do not use iTunes, but you only offer instructions for people using a phone. Remember the old-fashioned computer? It used to be that a site like yours would simply provide the URL to a podcast which a person could copy and paste into their software in order to subscribe. Why do you no longer offer this? I would love to listen to the podcast, but you have made it unavailable to me.

Stephen J. Dubner

Look at the top of each podcast post for the RSS link ...



Gustavo H

I'm using Player.FM and it's also worth it. I'm not affiliate in any way with them, just a happy user.

Mark M

The easiest way from a PC is to go the feed page (http://feeds.feedburner.com/freakonomicsradio) and then right click the "Play now" icon - then "save as". This let's you download an mp3


> Any other suggestions?

Yes. Link to an mp3 file? This will work, I think, on any phone, any tablet, and any computer using any operating system with any web browser, and I can also save it for later from my web browser, or from the command line (using wget or curl), set up automatic synchronization, etc etc.



Why not simply make the mp3 available? It's definitely the easiest for occasional listeners on desktops or laptops.