Since the beginning of time iOS has had one major leg up on Android for exactly one reason (in my opinion): an official podcasts app. There have always been a myriad of services available to Android users such as Stitcher Radio or TuneIn Radio, but obviously neither of these came installed on the phone and people are forced to go out into the big bad world on their own to find something to listen to podcasts on if they so choose. More importantly, though, it’s impossible to set these podcast players as the thing that starts playing when you connect to bluetooth (for example). When I get into my car and want to listen to a podcast, I have to wait for my phone to connect to Bluetooth, then pull out my phone and turn on Stitcher (my current go-to), and find what I want to listen to. This happens even when I was listening to the podcast on my way to work in the morning and want to continue listening on my way home; it’s just how it’s always been. On the iPhone, since it’s a built-in application, you rarely run into these types of problems and “it just works.” Finally, Google announced today that Google Play Music would be taking on Podcasts (cue the celebration).

In their own words:

Today we’re launching a portal for podcasters to start uploading their shows to Google Play Music before we open up the service to listeners. Along with direct searches and browsing for podcasts, the service will connect new listeners with podcasts based on what they’re doing, how they’re feeling, or what they’re interested in. Similar to our contextual playlists for music, this will give podcast fans and new listeners a way of finding and listening to content that’s unique to Google Play Music. Podcasters in the US can start uploading shows now at g.co/podcastportal.Official Android Blog

Already on the list of content providers that they’re working with are listed below and they hope to get plenty more before the official launch.

  • 5by5
  • Dan Carlin
  • Dave Ramsey
  • Earwolf
  • Feral Audio
  • Gimlet Media
  • HBO
  • Head Gum
  • HowStuffWorks
  • Loud Speakers Network
  • Nerdist / Legendary
  • Public Radio International
  • Radiotopia / PRX
  • Sideshow Network
  • Slate / Panoply
  • StarTalk Radio
  • This Week in Tech
  • Tim Ferriss

As the post indicates, if you’re a content creator head over to g.co/podcastportal and start uploading shows. If you’re just a user, sit tight and get excited that you will finally be able to delete all of the podcast apps from your phone.

Source: Official Android Blog

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Nick is an tech enthusiast, programmer and general geek. He works full time in the IT field but still has plenty of time to keep up with all of the tech gossip that is going around!