What is My Pod?
My Pod allows you to play podcasts and stream various types of links from the internet through your Amazon Echo device. Examples include Podcast RSS feeds or your own MP3 files that you have stored in the cloud like on Google Drive.
Another great feature is the ability to add a link to web page such as a news site and My Pod will attempt to extract the content on the web site automatically so that Alexa can read it out to you through your Amazon Echo. Normal web/text-based RSS feeds are also supported so you can get Alexa to always read the latest content.
How do I use My Pod?
Once you have enabled the skill and linked your Amazon account in the Alexa app, simply login using the same account here.
Start by creating a playlist for your links. Once you have a playlist, you can add some links. When you have added one or more links to your playlist, ask Alexa to play your playlist or link.
What voice commands are supported?
Examples of some of the voice commands that are supported by My Pod through the Echo can be found here.
What kind of links can I play?
My Pod allows you to play most things that the Amazon Echo supports. The following files, streams and playlists are supported:
- M3U / M3U8
- Bitrates: 16kbps to 384 kbps.
Additionally, you can add:
- RSS / Atom links (Both audio and text).
- Google Drive shareable links.
- Dropbox shared links (Experimental).
- Onedrive shared links (Experimental).
- Any web link for Alexa to read aloud to you.
Note:- Anything you link to must be accessible over the internet by your Amazon Echo.
How do I link to a Google Drive link?
If you have an .mp3 file that you wanted to play from Google Drive for example, simply upload the file to your Google Drive, then right-click on the file and click Get shareable link. The link will be displayed in your browser and will have been copied to your clipboard.
Go to your playlist and paste your Google Drive link in the New Link section of your playlist. Give your link a Tag / Name and click on Create Link. You can now ask Alexa to play your newly created link. You can do this either for individual audio files or folders in Google Drive.
How do I change the order of my Playlist or Link?
Simply click and drag the Playlist or Link to move it up or down and change the order.
My link doesn't play!
Any links you add must be able to be understood and playable by the Amazon Echo. My Pod will try and convert links in to something playable for the Echo where possible. For example, My Pod will read a Podcast RSS feed, find the episode link and send it to your Amazon Echo. Or take a normal web site and convert it to text that Alexa can read aloud.
Unfortunately, you cannot just add any link and expect it to play if it is not supported either by My Pod or the Amazon Echo. Where possible, either try and find a direct streaming link, an RSS or Atom feed or an M3U playlist etc.
Alexa doesn't understand my Playlist / Link name!
Voice recognition is not always perfect. Therefore it is best to name your playlists and links something that is easily understood by Alexa. Usually two or three word names are best.
How do I search for a Podcast?
Most podcasts that are available on iTunes are searchable through My Pod. Start typing the name of the podcast you wish to find in the Search for a feed... text box. Matches should automatically appear. Click on the feed you want and the name and link will appear in the create link area. Click on Create Link and it will be added to your playlist.
What is a 'Public Link'?
When creating a link you can designate it as public. This makes the link searchable for other users. Links that are made public can be seen and used by other users. By default all links are private to you. This is important for paid-for podcasts for example which should not be shared with other users.
What is a Playlist?
All links must be in a playlist which allows you to group links together. You can either ask Alexa to play a whole playlist or individual links.
I am having problems forwarding through a track / resume is not working properly!
There is a known issue with the audio player that the Amazon Echo uses. Unfortunately there is nothing we can do until Amazon fix this bug. It has been reported a number of times and you can track any updates in this thread. Hopefully Amazon will issue a fix soon.
As a fallback, if the audio fails to play because of this bug in the Echo, My Pod will automatically restart the audio from the beginning. We appreciate that this is frustrating, but we are powerless to provide a solution.
How can I play my feeds from the oldest episode rather than the latest?
Simply visit the My Account page, select the 'Play podcast or RSS feeds from the first episode' option and click 'Save'.
How do I stop Alexa from reading out my link titles when playing audio?
Simply visit the My Account page, select the 'Don't read the title before playing' option and click 'Save'.
I want my link/playlist to stop/repeat/continue after playback has finished. How can I do this?
Can I use the Echo multi-room audio feature?
Unfortunately, Amazon do not currently support or permit third party skills to use this feature. If they ever introduce support for it it will be a priority enable My Pod to support it.
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