Podcasts are now on the air in Google Play Music

Similar to how the service curates music, Google Play will recommend podcasts based on what you feel like hearing.

After first teasing the feature over five months ago, podcasts are now ready for your ears inside of Google Play Music.

Google unveiled the feature Monday by highlighting several groups of related podcasts, similar to how the service handles music curation. A report that Google would do so, linked to a leaked NPR email, turned out to be dead on.

Podcasts are already live in the web version of Google Play Music, though it appears you’ll need to wait for the usual staggered app update rollout for the feature to hit Android. In announcing the new feature, Google Play Product Manager Ilia Malkovitch highlighted some of the groupings that may appeal to you.

Try “Learning Something New” to talk about at a dinner party and listen to our favorite episodes from Stuff You Should Know or How To Do Everything. Enjoy a Sunday afternoon by “Getting Lost in a Story” with episodes from Radiolab or Reply All, or relax after a long day by “Laughing Out Loud” to Marc Maron’s WTF or Chris Hardwick’s The Nerdist.

You don’t need a subscription to Google Play Music streaming to check out any of the offerings, though you will have to put up with advertisements in the app’s interface.

Why this matters: Google Play is a major piece of the company’s digital strategy, and adding podcasts has been a major hole. As we’ve highlighted before there are several good podcast apps to be found if you’d rather not switch over to another app, particularly if the podcast you’re looking for isn’t yet available.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags podcastsGoogle PlayGoogle Play Music

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Derek Walter

PC World
Show Comments

Father’s Day Gift Guide

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Luke Hill

MSI GT75 TITAN

I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Laura Johnston

MSI GS65 Stealth Thin

If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Featured Content

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?