Guardian writers Owen Jones and Jonathan Friedland recording a politics podcast in May. Photograph: Linda Nylind for the Guardian
Listening to audio programmes, or podcasts, is simple if you have access to the internet. You just need to find a podcast platform or application (app) that suits you and then sample some of the many thousands of podcasts made around the world. All podcasts are free, and most are available via many different apps.
The most common way to listen to podcasts is via iTunes. The chances are that this app will already be installed on your laptop or computer. But if not, a Google search will take you to the iTunes site, where you can find instructions for how to install it.
Once you’ve discovered a podcast you enjoy, you can either listen to it immediately, or download it to your iTunes library to listen to later. (Just click “Get”). If you like what you hear then you can hit the “Subscribe” button, so that new episodes automatically download to your library.
If you don’t use iTunes, then there are lots of other ways of listening. At the Guardian we also use podcast platforms such as Spotify, AudioBoom, Mixcloudand Acast.
If you want to listen to podcasts using your smartphone or tablet, there are plenty of options. People with iPhones or iPads will already have the Apple Podcast app, which works along the same lines as iTunes, or you can download free podcasting apps such as Podcast Addict, Pocket Casts, Acast and many more. Just search “Podcast” in the Play Store app.
And, if you’re interested in finding new, lesser-known podcasts or recommending your favourites, then sign up for our weekly newsletter, Hear here, at theguardian.com/podcasts.