Google has today announced the launch of a new podcast store within the Google Play Music interface, allowing users to search for and subscribe to their favorite shows and then play them everywhere Play Music works. The official blog post says the feature will go live on the web and roll out to Android devices in the U.S. and Canada only, whereas there is no mention of an iOS launch yet.
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The company wants to make it easy for users to find the right podcasts. “That’s where Google Play Music comes in”. Google Play Music already gives you the right kind of music for the right moment and now, that includes podcasts as well. The service promises to connect you with podcasts based on what you’re doing, how you’re feeling and what you’re interested in.
Similar to our contextual playlists for music, we want to make it easy to find the right podcast—whether you’re a podcast aficionado or listening for the first time.
For those who want to make their own podcasts available in Google Play Music, check out the podcast portal for more details.