In an upcoming change, Google has announced the discontinuation of its Google Podcasts app in 2024. Instead, Google is shifting its focus to consolidate podcasts into YouTube Music. Initially launched in 2018 for Android users, Google Podcasts later expanded to web and iOS platforms in 2020.
This move aims to centralize podcast content within YouTube Music, with the transition already underway in the United States. Users in the US can now enjoy podcasts on YouTube Music without requiring a paid membership. This transition brings several benefits, including background playback, offline downloads, and the ability to cast content to smart speakers, enhancing the podcast listening experience.
Google’s decision to phase out Google Podcasts is supported by data, with only 4% of podcast listeners opting for Google Podcasts compared to 23% who favor YouTube as their primary podcast listening platform. While the migration process from Google Podcasts to YouTube Music will take some time, Google is confident that it will be a seamless transition for users.