In a rather interesting move, Google has announced that they will be adding podcasts to Google Play Music. This news has come from a recent posting on Google’s official Android blog on Tuesday.
Basically the idea is you will be able to listen to podcasts justs like other podcast apps out there. You will also be able to search for podcasts based on a need (e.g. something to make you laugh). It will be part of the Google Play Music app under the name Google Play Music podcasts.
Right now if you are a podcaster based in the USA then you can start submitting your podcasts from their podcaster portal. If you have Google Play Music installed on your smartphone or tablet then you will not see any podcasts in that app just yet.
At this time, Google has not announced when UK-based podcasters or other podcasters will be able to submit their podcasts to Google’s new directory. Additionally there is no information on when Google Play Music Podcasts will be released to the masses. With that being said there will be more information on this a
Personally I thinking that this is quite a huge win for the podcasting world. Podcast creators want as many people as possible to listen to their podcasts. As such this is a huge win for both podcast creators and listeners alike. Google did not have an offical podcast app for their Android operating system (which runs on many smartphones and tablets).
However, the real aim of all this I think is to get people who don’t listen to podcasts to start listening to them. Additionally it’s to get them to listen to podcasts that suit their interests.
Don’t get me wrong I am all for finally having an official podcast app for Android users. However, the problem is that there are already a wide variety of apps that let you listen to pdocasts (including TuneIn Radio, Dogg Catcher and Stitcher). So I think that a lot of people have already moved onto these alternatives. Either way it will be interesting to see what Google can do.
Do you think Google are too late to the game or do you think that this could only mean positive things for the podcasting space? Sound off in the comments.