Google welcomes podcasts to Play Music, coming soon
Update: Yes, the Pocketnow Weekly has applied to be on Google Play music. We also have a Google+ community where you can keep updated on what’s going on with the podcast right here.
It’s probably been years now since you last used an iPod, having traded your single-purpose music player in for a smartphone (and that smartphone in for the next model, and so on and so forth) years ago, but the iPod’s legacy lives on in many ways, not the least of which being its role as the namesake for the podcasts we still enjoy to this day – we even happen to record one ourselves from time to time. And while today’s phones offer plenty of apps through which you can acquire and listen to podcasts at your convenience, so far Android hasn’t integrated podcasts with the other media offerings in Google Play. That’s all about to change, as Google reaches out to content creators so they can bring their podcasts to Google Play Music.
Full details aren’t available just yet, but we know that Google’s already been talking to some big names in podcasting to get their shows up on Play Music, and an open call for submissions only promises to attract more variety.
Once podcasts go live on Play Music, users will be able to directly search for their favorites, or use the service’s discovery tools to introduce themselves to additional content they’re likely to enjoy.
Google hasn’t shared a formal ETA for when podcasts will finally arrive on Play Music, but mention of new details becoming available “in the coming months” doesn’t make it sound like Google’s in a particular rush to get things started: maybe by the end of the year?