Google plans to discontinue another one of its apps or services. This time, it’s the Google Podcasts app, which will disappear sometime in 2024.
The standalone Google Podcasts app first launched for Android in 2018, with the company stating at the time that it was created to “make it easier than ever for Android users to discover and listen to podcasts.” Later that year, it announced plans for its own Google Podcasts creator program, to help “underrepresented voices” create their own podcast content.
In 2020, the Google Podcasts app finally debuted on Apple’s iOS platform. However, it looks like the company is going to make some changes to how it offers podcasts on its platform. Earlier in 2023, it added a way to listen to podcasts within the YouTube Music app and will add this feature globally by the end of the year.
B Today’s blog post, Google noted that according to an outside study, 23 percent of podcast listeners say YouTube is their most used service, while only four percent use Google podcasts. That’s part of the reason why Google has stated “we will retire Google Podcasts” sometime in 2024.
We want to make sure we get it right and give fans and podcasters plenty of time to make the transition. For users, this means a simple transfer tool and the ability to add podcast RSS feeds to their YouTube Music library, including shows not currently hosted by YouTube. For those who prefer a different listening platform, the tools will also include the ability to download an OPML file of their plan subscribers, which they can upload to an application that supports their import.
Podcasts will also see features like analytics tools and RSS feeds integrated into future updates for YouTube Music. The company says it will wait until all podcast migration tools are ready before releasing them along with their guidelines.