Google announced the release of Google Play Music podcasts back in 2015.
The move came out as a follow up to Spotify. At that time, Google said that it will offer contextual podcasts suggestions, offering podcasts based on what you are currently doing or interested in. Now finally after a lap of few months, Google adds podcasts on Google Play Music.
The change would help Google identify Google Play Music from the wide gamut of apps and services offering podcasts these days. Podcasts has finally made their way to Google Play Music after recruiting many podcasters since last October.
Soon after Google revealed its plans for the new service, it managed to add tons of podcasts, including popular shows like Marc Maron’s WTF, Chris Hardwick’s The Nerdist and Neil deGrasse Tyson’s StarTalk Radio.
Other podcasters like HBO and 5by5 also committed back in October when Google hinted at the Google Play Music podcasts.
So, it’s not too surprising to see the company now making the Google Play Music open its podcast section to the public by adding several Google Play Music podcasts.
Apart from putting the recommendations as per your interests, Play Music will also recommend playlists with significant podcasts based on some selected topics. The list might include topics like Learning Something New, which will include episodes from the shows like Stuff You Should Know and How To Do Everything, and Getting Lost in a Story with Radiolab and Reply All.
The features as expected are a great help to differentiate Google Play Music’s services from the clutter in the market with many tough competitors like Pocket Casts and Podcast Addict.
Google Play Music users on iOS would be required to hold on a bit more before dropping the existing podcast app as the iOS platform is not a part of the initial launch of the service. Hopefully the service will be made available to iOS users sometime soon. For now they can simply ignore the outside world on their way to work for some more days.
The brand-new section of podcasts on Google Play Music is now available on the web. The change came out to Android users on Monday.
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