Google Podcasts is a popular podcast-listening app. It is a free and easy-to-use app and has a wide range of features. It is available on Android, iOS, macOS, Windows, ChromeOS, and the web. Users can subscribe to podcasts, download episodes, and even custom playlists.
Google announced on September 26, 2023, that the Podcasts app will retire in 2024. The company will focus on YouTube Music as its central platform for both music and podcasts.
Why Google Podcasts are Retiring?
To focus on YouTube Music
Google is investing a lot in YouTube Music. It has a large user base already making it the most widely used podcast listening app in the world. Google can give viewers a better listening experience for all of their audio content by bringing podcasts to YouTube Music.
To streamline its podcast offerings
Google offers various podcast apps and services such as Google Podcasts, YouTube Music, and Google Assistant. Google will be able to make it easy for customers to search and access their favourite podcasts by combining its podcast services into a single app.
To improve the podcast experience for users
Google promises to make the change from Google Podcasts to YouTube Music as easy as possible. Users may transfer subscribers, playlists, and listening history to YouTube Music. Additionally, Google will also assist podcast producers in transferring their podcasts to YouTube Music.
Additionally, Google Podcasts were facing tough competition from other podcast apps like Spotify and Apple Podcasts. Google will be able to compete better in the podcasting market by combining podcast services in one app. It will be beneficial for Google as it will have to focus its resources on a single app.
Will YouTube Music get Podcasts?
Podcasts are already present in YouTube Music since April 2023. It first started in the United States and then gradually became available to users in other countries.
To find podcasts on YouTube Music follow these steps
- Go to the Explore tab.
- Click on Podcasts.
- Browse podcasts by category, or search for specific shows. You can also subscribe to podcasts and create playlists.
After the Google announcement, YouTube Music is expected to become even more important for podcast listeners in the future.
It is important to note that Google is not abandoning podcasts, it is just moving podcasts to another platform. YouTube Music is a widely used app for listening to podcasts and Google wants to make podcasts the best listening experience ever.
The retirement of Google Podcasts shows the increase in demand for podcasts. Users can listen to news, entertainment, and educational content with Podcasts. In fact, podcasts are also creating revenue for creators.
Let’s see how the retirement of Google Podcasts will affect the podcasting industry, till then stay connected with oreonow.
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