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Podcasts are coming to Google Play Music, podcasters can upload episodes now

Google has announced that soon Google Play Music will also be the home of podcasts, and podcasters are able to begin uploading episodes of their shows now. The portal for podcasters is opening now, so that when Google flips the switch there are episodes already there for listeners to check out.

You'll be able to not only search for your favorite podcast, but also have one selected for you based on your interests or how you are feeling, like how it's done with music. Some of the podcast networks that Google is already working with include:

  • 5by5
  • Nerdist / Legendary
  • HowStuffWorks
  • Feral Audio
  • StarTalk Radio
  • Loud Speakers Network
  • This Week in Tech

There is no word about when the podcasts will begin appearing in Google Play Music, so you'll just need to keep an eye out in Play Music. If you are a podcaster, will you be uploading your episodes? If so, let us know in the comments below.

Source: Official Android Blog

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63 Comments
  • Only about 5 years late. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Five years might be generous.
  • I've been waiting 5 years for this! Hopefully they don't end up shutting it down in a few years. Pouring out a beer for Reader and Listen.
  • It's about time. Apple's iTunes has a podcasting section, but the Google Play Store does not, until now. But, there are many Android Podcast Apps
  • Do you have to PAY for the podcasts? Posted via the Android Central App
  • Generally no, but some have a premium feed that is either ad-free or has special editions for subscribers.
  • Given the fact I hate the play music app I'll be sticking with beyondpod for awhile. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I am sure I will be uploading the podcasts I do.
  • Better late than never I guess! I think that, I'll prefer to use a dedicated podcast app Though. I'm willing to give it a try to see how it works though. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Cool, I've been waiting for this for a long time. Posted via my Nexus 6
  • Three things: 1-) Hope Google find a good way to integrate with other podcast apps
    2-) Hope they open soon for podcasts from other countries
    3-) This can be the initiative to make podcasts take friction in developing countries, where Android is more used than iOS.
  • I love Pocketcasts, but it'd be really nice to have one music/audio app on my phone instead of two. If Google can roll out the option for auto downloads, I'll at least give it a shot. But if I have to manually pull my feeds, forget it.
  • My only gripe with PocketCasts is that it doesn't do audio ducking when a notification (or more frequently, directions from Maps Navigation) comes in. Hearing any of my podcasts blending in with instructions to turn right on Central Ave is not pleasant. Google Play Music does do this. I might try Google's solution, but we'll see if I stick to it.
  • Pocket Casts > Settings > Playback > Play over notifications = uncheck
  • Yup. That's been a setting for as long as I've been using it, which is probably over a year now.
  • CastBox is an APP mainly about podcast for Android devices. Here to discover and subscribe 220,000+ podcast content. Listen to 16,000+ radio stations for free. It offers podcasts and Radio from 30+ countries & languages. Control playing from multiple widgets and notification bar seems rather convenient for finger movements. it enables you to choose to download new episodes such as free music, audio books automatically when they become available
  • Will Android Central upload its podcasts to Google Play Music?
  • This is what I am hoping for! Posted with the Nexus 6, Nexus 5, or Surface Pro 3
  • Podcasts dump into Play Music when you download from the app so maybe down the road. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Only if that's the app you choose to open them with. I much prefer MortPlayer Audio Books as it holds my place very well and is easy to rewind. Play music is terrible for longer audio files if you don't have the time to listen an entire file at one time interrupted. Posted via the Android Central App powered by Droid Turbo
  • It's a great feature to have, but if you are REALLY into podcasts, you need something more powerful that autodownloads and does autocleanup after listening. Even better if it can sync across devices - favorite part of Pocketcasts is that I can listen on my phone in the car and then pick back up on my laptop when I get home.
  • It's Google. Why wouldn't they use the Almighty Cloud to sync position? (I'm probably going to be proven wrong here, admittedly.)
  • Oh wow, you sound like you've already seen the new additions. Tell us more!
  • Still not leaving Pocketcast. Better late than never I guess though. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Hard to imagine I will be leaving Doggcatcher for this anytime soon, but I'll at least check it out.
  • Maybe i am getting a bit too old, but does anyone remember google listen? Anyhoo i am staying with pocketcasts.
  • +1 for Listen... Killed it with no replacement.
  • Google listen worked really well. Posted from my Nexus 6/Nexus 7 2013/Surface Pro 3
  • Whats a huge thing with this is how now podcasts can just give you a link to download likr with itunes. For android you had to search around for it. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Wtf?
  • Have been waiting for this for so long. Would like to understand why they took so long. Also, would like to be able to rate the podcasts I already listen to, like Android Central of course! Posted via the Android Central App
  • So will this put the podcasts in my google play music account online? That would be stellar. Listen to them in the car. Pop into my cellphone free office and continue to listen over the internet? They all stay sync'd up and I don't have to search for my place and for which podcasts I've already listened to?
  • But what then if I shuffle my entire music collection? Now will I have podcasts mixed in with my music, or will there be some sort of separation? Posted via the Android Central App powered by Droid Turbo
  • Wait... You mean like Google listen that was awesome then just abandoned? Meh to you I say meh
  • Tunein radio is the way to go for me. No thanks Google take my money Play Music. Dam It Feels Good To Be A Google Gangster
  • So late but so welcomed :) Posted via the Android Central App
  • Pocket Casts might be the most perfect app I have ever used. I'll leave it when... well, let's see... nope, can't think of a reason. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Agreed. While I'm happy Play Music is getting into the Podcast game for mainstream users, PocketCasts still comes close to perfection for me. Posted via the Android Central App
  • If not careful this could be bad for podcasts as a medium. Podcasts should be on an open standard. Hope this is a hosting solution with RSS feed capabilities and not a Google exclusive option.
  • This is no different than what iTunes provides. We still have to submit our RSS feeds which are hosted elsewhere and then pulled into the Play Store. Via the Nexus 6 and new AC app
  • Wow, if only it happened when I needed it
  • I'm gonna give this a try when available. Been using double twist for awhile. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Since Google Play Music is excluded form my data cap it could be interesting to stream podcasts instead of just downloading them. I do really like AntennaPod and took a while to setting on a podcast app.
  • I like PocketCasts too much to be excited about this. Remember back in the day when Play Music used to index every audio file on the system and next your music shuffle would suddenly be playing TWiT? Those days sucked and I don't want to return to them.
  • Hopefully geek Nation puts their stuff up The Movie Crypt.. Check it out :) Posted via the Android Central App
  • They need a TON of features to compete with Pocketcast. Browser app that works on every platform is #1.
  • I'm talking about Xbox One. I need it to work on Xbox One and sync my posistion to all my devices.
  • Pocketcasts recently fielded an app for Windows Phone. If they convert that to a Universal Windows App to support Windows 10 it will probably be available for Xbox One.
  • I'll try it, but player fm is doing a good job for me now Posted via the Android Central App on my Droid Turbo
  • So when do they rename it Google Play Audio? Posted via the Android Central App powered by Droid Turbo
  • Very happy to have this as another outlet for people to discover my shows such as Tech Informist (still on hiatus), MS Mobile Show and Who's Who in St Lou?. Have submitted all feeds and received email approval from Google. Android consumption of podcasts is ridiculously low, so this will be the easiest was for people on Android to discover and consumer shows without needing to hunt for a separate app. This is huge for the medium because iPhone and Windows Phones have dedicated, pre-installed Podcast apps yet Google have been dragging their feet over the years. Via the Nexus 6 and new AC app
  • I don't really think Android consumption of podcast is low, it's just that there hasn't been an official Android portal in how people on Android devices access them. A lot of my listeners on Android are using apps like PocketCast, Stitcher Radio, TuneIn Radio, and other podcatchers.
  • I don't see how I won't be sticking with PocketCasts. One thing I hope is that I'll be be able to purchase premium episodes with Google Play credit. I refuse to go to iTunes for premium episodes of Doug Loves Movies. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I currently use PocketCast as well, but as a Podcaster, if folks are going to use Google Play Music to listen to shows, I'm all for it.
  • Since I have Play Music disabled, and Podkicker works great...oh, Google. Unlocked Nexus 6 on Verizon. I'm a happy guy.
  • We would love AC Podcasts on Play Music...So Go for it Android Central... Opinion of a Geek
  • I like the Loud Speakers Network. Combat Jack! Posted via the Android Central App
  • I will be submitting my podcast Filmmakers Drinking Bourbon. It is currently available on the iTunes store at https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/filmmakers-drinking-bourbon/id991235... Cheers,
    Brandon
  • I'll stick to pocket casts Posted via the Android Central App
  • About time! Posted via the Android Central App
  • I'm a Podcaster, and I've already submitted my show. Just another way for folks to absorb more content in a place they already do. I think it's great.
  • I have added our Radio Talk Show and can't wait for people to tune in!
  • CastBox is an APP mainly about podcast for Android devices. Here to discover and subscribe 220,000+ podcast content. Listen to 16,000+ radio stations for free. It offers podcasts and Radio from 30+ countries & languages. Control playing from multiple widgets and notification bar seems rather convenient for finger movements. it enables you to choose to download new episodes such as free music, audio books automatically when they become available