Listening to Podcasts in German

'Schlaflos in München' and Other Audio Treats

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We discovered Annik Rubens and her five-minute "Schlaflos in München" podcasts first, and then it was about an hour with a Swiss-German dee-jay at in Zurich. (Cool to hear Schwytzerdytsch, the music's cool, but in English.) The variety of topics and sheer numbers of podcasts in German is amazing for such a relatively new phenomenon! People all around the world—including Austria, Germany, and Switzerland—are producing their own mini-radio shows on topics from art & culture to porn, from daily life to rock, or world news & politics. There are podcasts in German dialects and even " kidspods" for young listeners ("Hörkultur für Kinder"). You'll find pro versions and podcasts by just plain folks.

Podcasten auf Deutsch

What is podcasting? Here's a definition in German: "Der Begriff Podcasting meint das automatische Herunterladen von Audio-Dateien aus dem Internet. Meistens handelt es sich dabei um private Radio-Shows, die sich einem bestimmten Thema widmen." - (See the English explanation in the next paragraph.)

Audio on the web is nothing new. However, das Podcasten is a new way of approaching online audio (and video). It really seems to be a good thing for language-learners. The term podcast is a play on words that mixes "broadcast" and "iPod" to come up with podcast. A podcast is a lot like a radio broadcast, but with some crucial differences. First of all, a podcaster doesn't need a real radio station. Anyone with basic recording and computer skills can produce a podcast. Second, unlike radio, you can listen to a podcast at any time and in any place. You can click on a podcast and listen to it immediately (just like streaming audio), or you can save it to your computer (and/or iPod) for later.

Some podcasts require a free subscription and/or special podcast software (i.e., iTunes, iPodder, Podcatcher, etc.), but most podcasts can be heard using a normal Web browser set up for MP3 audio. The advantage of subscribing is that you'll get your chosen podcast on a regular basis, just like a newsletter. A lot of the podcasting software and services are free. You don't have to pay for anything unless you want to. The free iTunes software from Apple (for Mac or Windows) has support for podcasts and is perhaps the easiest way to subscribe to podcasts in German or other languages.

How to Find German Podcasts

The best way is to use iTunes or some other podcast directory. lists over 20 podcasts in German. That's where I found Annik and "Schlaflos in München," but she's also listed in iTunes and other directories. (Some podcasts listed under "Deutsch" may actually be in English, because it's up to the podcaster to select the category.) Of course, there are also German podcast directories, including "das deutsche Podcasting Portal" - German podcasts. The site has a page for, but you need to download the free Juicer client (Mac, Win, Linux) to use it. You can also use or other search engines to find podcasts in German.

Some Selected Podcast Sites in German

Most podcasters have a Web site related to their podcasts, often with a forum for feedback and comments. Most will let you stream their MP3 podcasts, but if you want to subscribe, try one of the podcast clients such as iPodder.

  • Annik Rubens: Schlaflos in München 3-5 minute daily podcasts
  • 1st Intergalactic Podcast Ralf's tägliche handvoll Minütchen über einfach alles
  • Topics: Large variety (business, Kinder, usw.) DIE ZEIT and audio highlights (3-12 min.) from
  • Gnak Podcast Verschiedenes von Nicole Simone in Lübeck
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