Play Apple Podcasts with Alexa

Podnews posted the contents of an email that Apple sent out. It included the news that Apple Podcasts are now on Alexa. The email also provided details about Apple’s holiday submission schedule for podcasts.

Apple Podcasts is now available on Alexa-enabled Amazon devices in the United States. As a creator, you’ll find this presents an even greater opportunity for listeners to hear your show.

Spread the world on your show or episode promotion channels, and wherever else you communicate with your audience. For example, encourage them to say things like:

“Alexa, play (podcast title) on Apple Podcasts”
“Alexa, play (podcast title) from yesterday on Apple Podcasts”
“Alexa, skip ahead 30 seconds”
“Alexa, play the previous episode”

Apple provided information about what you need in order to play Apple podcast on Alexa. It includes the following:

An Amazon Fire TV or Amazon Echo speaker and the iOS or Android device you used for setup with the Amazon Alexa app installed. Make sure you update to the latest iOS and check the App Store to see if there are updates for the Amazon Alexa app. If you use an Android device, check the Google Play store for any updates to the Apple Podcasts app or Amazon Alexa app.

Apple’s Holiday Submission Guidelines are:

  •  If you plan to release new shows in December, be aware of delays in he review process for new submissions between December 23, 2019, and January 2, 2020.
  •  Shows submitted during this time may not be reviewed within our regular timeframe of five business days. Plan accordingly and submit any new RSS feeds in advance.
  • Note: This does not affect shows already available on Apple Podcasts. New episodes will continue to be available within 24 hours.