Google has recently announced that it will soon allow and offer podcasts in Google Play Music, grouped by the nature of the content of the podcasts. Currently expected to be available only in US and Canada, podcasts will soon be rolled out for Android and Google Play users all around the world.
To quote the official Android blog:
People love podcasts. In fact, these days, there are so many podcasts to choose from, it can be hard to pick which one to listen to at any given time. That’s where Google Play Music comes in. Google Play Music already gives you the right kind of music for the right moment—whether you want to have fun at work, prepare for a dance party, or just need to focus—and now, that includes podcasts.
Starting today on the web and rolling out on Android in the U.S. and Canada, we’ll 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.
This development has been long due and much awaited. iTunes has been offering podcasts for years now, and even Spotify and other services are not lagging behind. As such, Google Play Music is surely late in joining the trend.
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