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Siri on HomePod lets you listen to any show found in Apple's Podcasts catalog with a few voice controls that are similar to those for Apple Music playback. In this guide, we've listed some of the most useful Siri controls for Podcasts, along with basic commands that will help you do things like pause and rewind parts of a Podcast you might have missed, subscribe to a podcast, change the volume, and more.

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Podcast Commands

[*]"Hey Siri, play the Game Scoop podcast."
[*]"Hey Siri, play the newest episode of Lore."
[*]"Hey Siri, play the first episode of Anna Faris is Unqualified."
[*]"Hey Siri, play my newest podcasts."
[*]"Hey Siri, what podcast is this?"
[*]"Hey Siri, subscribe to this podcast."
[*]"Hey Siri, subscribe to NPR News Now."
Controls

[*]"Hey Siri, pause."
[*]"Hey Siri, jump back 10 seconds."
[*]"Hey Siri, skip forward one minute."
[*]"Hey Siri, raise/lower the volume."
[*]"Hey Siri, play it twice as fast." As with Apple Music, HomePod will source the Podcast data you ask for from the Podcasts app on iPhone or iPad, or the Podcasts section of iTunes. Using the app, you can listen to podcasts directly on your iOS device, browse deeper into your library, and look for new shows.

Article Link: How To Play and Control Podcasts on HomePod With Siri
 

Macwick

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My most common use case would be to resume whatever Podcast I'm listening to on my iPhone or iPad. Unfortunately I don't think there's a way to do this.
 
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ck2875

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I just wish Apple had native support for the "skip silences" variable speed feature from Pocket Casts (I guess variable speed originated in Overcast, but I hate their UI and subscription model nonsense (I paid for 1 year and canceled renewal after discovering Pocket Casts)).
 
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ThankYouRob

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I did discover this, to get the HomePod to work similar to the way Google Home would in the morning, while making breakfast for the fam, I'd say "Hey Google, Good morning" and it would say the day/time/calendar/weather forecast followed by a customized set of news shows (BBC minute, NPR, Tech Headlines...), this is a feature that I really liked. In attempt to replicate at least the news part of that, I setup a Podcast Station called "Good Morning" with the podcast versions of my favorite news briefings.

I found to get it to SPECIFICALLY play my preset Podcast station you have to say "Hey Siri, play my podcast station [name of station]" if I say "Hey Siri, play Good Morning podcasts" then it would result in "I couldn't find 'Good Morning' on Apple Music or in your library"

I'm very happy with the HomePod. The sound is great and music is central in our house, but Siri does need some drastic improvements.
 
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kaz911

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Well if only Apple's Podcast app actually worked. It has gradually gotten worse and worse and worse. I kept getting played episodes again and again. Deleted podcasts would turn up again - sync between devices would foul everything up and suddenly present me with 30 random podcasts from last year that are suddenly un-played again. Mark something as played - and on next sync it might have forgotten.

So now i'm experimenting with "other" podcast software.

(and don't get me started on the TV' app and the absolutely too small PLAY icons... Who ever thought that was a great idea?)
 
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steve knight

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Well if only Apple's Podcast app actually worked. It has gradually gotten worse and worse and worse. I kept getting played episodes again and again. Deleted podcasts would turn up again - sync between devices would foul everything up and suddenly present me with 30 random podcasts from last year that are suddenly un-played again. Mark something as played - and on next sync it might have forgotten.

So now i'm experimenting with "other" podcast software.

(and don't get me started on the TV' app and the absolutely too small PLAY icons... Who ever thought that was a great idea?)
casts works pretty well it syncs fairly reliably between devices. it is easy to setup on a new device. my only complaint is even when it is set to auto download it does not usually do it till I open it.
 
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roland.g

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“Hey Siri, can you get HomePod it’s own website and get the articles about it off MacRumors?”
 
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Bryan Bowler

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“Hey Siri, can you get HomePod it’s own website and get the articles about it off MacRumors?”

If you don't want to read about the HomePod, then do not click on the article. Simple as that. As for a lot of others, myself included, we enjoy learning more about this great Apple product.

Thanks MacRumors for everything you bring us!
 
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booser22

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Sadly, I no longer have a Mac or an iPhone or any kind of Siri device at this time. I am trying to get my podcast going on all of the devices available and it has been really easy on the Alexa. All it takes is "Alexa, play podcast Scary Story Time" where Alexa uses TuneIn and automatically plays the podcast starting with the latest episode. I've read that on Siri that people have to actually add it to a playlist before playing it on their device. I don't have any instructions on where to do any of this. Is it really that difficult, or can it just be played out of the box with one command?

Thanks
 
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Babygotfont

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Sadly, I no longer have a Mac or an iPhone or any kind of Siri device at this time. I am trying to get my podcast going on all of the devices available and it has been really easy on the Alexa. All it takes is "Alexa, play podcast Scary Story Time" where Alexa uses TuneIn and automatically plays the podcast starting with the latest episode. I've read that on Siri that people have to actually add it to a playlist before playing it on their device. I don't have any instructions on where to do any of this. Is it really that difficult, or can it just be played out of the box with one command?

Thanks

i am heading that way ... starting to divest from the iapple ecosystem ... too cornered, too greedy, too knows-better-than-the-consumer, less QA, less QC ...
 
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Wolfpup

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Can HomePod play your actual podcast files off your iOS device or iTunes? And sync playback position back to them?

Or is this only pulling data off the internet.

The former would be super awesome to me. The later useless.
 
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