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Fa Last week relay.fm launched their new podcast called “subnet”. The idea is simple, a quick 2 to 3 minute long tech news podcast to give you a quick simple update. These types of podcast are becoming increasingly popular and not just with tech news. In fact, one of the new siri skills in the US and UK is to “tell me the news” and siri will start a country specific quick news update.

However, what if you live in a country that isn’t supported, what if you want a news channel that Apple doesn’t promote, or what if you want an industry specific news? Well you can create your own morning roundup to play on your iPhone, iPad or HomePod (if you have one).

1. Creating an Apple Podcast station

The way to do this is to set up an Apple Podcast Station. Admittedly, You could set up a playlist in Pocketcasts or Overcast, but you can’t use siri to activate them (At the time of writing. We can all hope that Apple will extend Siri’s controls into other podcast apps). Here’s an example for Tara Mann who first mentioned the idea

2. Find some short podcast

Next you need to add some short podcast to your podcast app. You can find some suggestions from the podcast app in the “browse” tab (the featured providers often have some news channels). Here are a couple of suggestions.

Tech news

Global News

Sports

For more ideas, check out this list of five minute podcasts.

3. Make a station and add your podcasts

Next you need to set up a station with an easy name. The suggestion from Tamara on twitter was “Morning News”, Federico Viticci said he has set his up as “Tech News”. However, the issues with some names is the Siri syntax you have to use. Then best trigger phrase is…

4. Ask siri to play your podcast

“Hey Siri, Play my (name of station) podcast station”

this should help Siri to understand that it should look in your podcast app for a station and not look for either music with a similar name, or a podcast with the same name.

Listen, enjoy, edit

Now you can sit back, listen and enjoy. If you discover that an episode isn’t to your liking, you can always swap it out for another one.

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