Google Podcasts shuts down in 2024 as podcasts launch globally for YouTube Music

Google Podcasts is ending. Starting next year, Google will focus on offering podcast access within YouTube Music.

This change is not entirely surprising. In April, Google launched the ability to listen to podcasts in YouTube Music without a paid subscription for users in the US. It also lets users listen to podcasts offline and in the background while switching between audio and video versions on YouTube Music. As part of its podcast push, YouTube also announced that it will make podcasts available within YouTube Music globally before the end of 2023.

YouTube writes, “Looking to 2024, we will increase our investment in the podcast experience on YouTube Music – making it a better overall destination for fans and podcasters with new YouTube-only capabilities across community, discovery, and audio/visual switching.” In a blog post. “Later in 2024, as part of this process, we will shut down Google Podcasts.”

YouTube justified the closure of Google Podcasts, saying that the move “aligns with what listeners and podcasters are already doing.” It cites data from Edison, which shows that 23 percent of weekly podcast users in the US say YouTube is their most used service, compared to 4 percent for Google Podcasts.

YouTube will also help migrate Google Podcasts to YouTube Music by providing “a simple migration tool and the ability to add podcast RSS feeds to their YouTube Music library.” The platform will also offer a tool that lets users download the OPML file of their show subscription, allowing them to upload it to other listening platforms.

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