Podcasts on the watch.

Discussion in 'Apple Watch Apps' started by evoga, Sep 25, 2018.

  1. evoga macrumors regular

    evoga

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    Can the podcasts be downloaded directly to the watch? I have the little cloud in the bottom right corner but I just can’t seem to download them onto the watch even with the iPhone watch app selected to download them.
     
  2. zokstar macrumors regular

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    Yes they sure can :)

    go to the watch app > podcasts > select the show/s you want sync'ed
     
  3. evoga thread starter macrumors regular

    evoga

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    Thanks for letting me know they can be.

    I have them ticked and tried unticking and reselecting but still no joy. Will try deleting the app and podcasts and starting from scratch as that should fix it.
     
  4. zokstar macrumors regular

    zokstar

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    Dont forget the watch needs to be on the charger for it to start sycing (if youhavent tried this yet)
     
  5. musicpenguy macrumors 65816

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    My favorite app for the watch so far to do this is Outcast - it has by far the most useful and well designed complications with live updating of current playhead status regardless of how you pause/play the show (now playing widget, headphones, or the app itself) - it’ll display the album artwork for the show you are playing too.

    Most importantly this is a standalone app that handles all of the downloads of episodes directly on the watch itself, no slow transferring from your phone. All direct on the watch. It is fully updated for os5 including supporting the new watch faces for Series 4.

    You can subscribe to new shows on the go or send them all over from the iPhone.

    It’s a must have app - Outcast for Watch by Crunchy Bagel
    https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/outcast-for-watch/id1326693810?mt=8
     
  6. menace3 macrumors 6502a

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    Can you skip a track within the podcast. This seems to be a drawback using the podcast app. I can only fast forward. I like being able to skip to the next track
     
  7. musicpenguy macrumors 65816

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    There currently are no podcast clients on the watch that support chapter markers sadly. I’ve sent that feedback in to the dev to see if it is possible yet on os5.

    The only audio app that has chapter support so far is Audible. Not sure if Audible uses straight MP3 chapters or something custom to allow for this.
     
  8. Rangers94 macrumors 6502

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    Downcast supports chapter markers. You simply force touch the screen and if the podcast you are listening to has chapters it will allow you to jump to whichever chapter you want.

    I find Downcast to be the best podcast app for the Apple Watch.
     
  9. musicpenguy macrumors 65816

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    Is that app doing local playback or just acting as a remote for the iPhone nearby?
     
  10. Rangers94 macrumors 6502

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    Not exactly sure what that question means but I know it has playback control from external devices such as Bluetooth devices, headphone remote controls and devices connected via Lightning.
     
  11. musicpenguy macrumors 65816

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    I mean can I go for a walk and leave my iPhone behind and have the podcast stored locally on the watch and have that chapter support? Or is it acting as a remote for a nearby iPhone?
     
  12. Rangers94 macrumors 6502

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    Ahhh that’s a good question. Not sure..when I get a chance I’ll check and see.
     

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