Google Podcasts is shutting down soon, users urged to move to YouTube Music

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Google is shutting down its Podcasts app in the US in just a few days. The company has started warning users of the app that they will need to migrate their subscriptions to YouTube Music by April 2 to follow and stream their favorite shows. Users who do not take action immediately will have additional time to migrate, but they will not be able to stream directly from the Podcasts app after this date.

Installed more than 500 million times on Android devices globally for more than half a decade, the Google Podcasts app offers a simple and streamlined interface for finding, following, and listening to podcasts, as well as tools for adding podcasts by RSS feed. Is offered. Unfortunately for fans of the app, the tech giant said last September that it would begin shutting down the Podcasts app in early 2024 as part of a broader plan to centralize its audio services under YouTube.

In 2020, YouTube Music offered a similar transition strategy to move music listeners away from Google Play Music before being shut down that same year. However, the Google Podcasts app was maintained for years because YouTube Music was not ready to support podcasts until recently. By the end of 2023, YouTube Music was able to support podcasts globally, and by February, they also had the ability to upload their RSS feeds.

The move to move podcasting to YouTube could help Google become a bigger player in this space, not only by combining its efforts and sharpening its focus, but also because interest in video podcasts – which are already on YouTube – is growing. Were popular – increasing. For example, this week, Spotify inked a deal with Universal Music Group (UMG) to bring video podcasts to US users of its streaming app, testing video podcasts in 11 other markets around the world in early March. declare.

Bleeping Computer first reported the date of Google Podcasts being shut down in the US, and a support page on Google's site confirms that users in the US will only be able to use the Podcasts app until the end of March 2024. With an in-app pop-up for those who missed it, Google will provide additional time for users to save their subscription by allowing them to use the app's export feature until July 2024.

Google did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but responded after publication, saying it was still eyeing an April 2 deadline for the US, but had not yet provided a timeline for the rest of the world. The border is not shared.

However, from its earlier statements, the plan is to shut down Google Podcasts globally in 2024.

Updated, 3/29/24, 5:00PM ET Google with comment.