Currently, podcasters are able to upload to the Google Play hub, but none are available for playback just yet. Play Music users will reportedly be able to play podcasts in a few weeks’ time.
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Speaking to Re/Code, Google Play Music product manager Elias Roman said “Podcasts allow us to do everything for our users. It makes us a more complete concierge.”
While not as direct an affront to third-party podcasting apps as Apple’s ‘Podcasts’ app is, this move will undoubtedly ruffle a few feathers. It could also invigorate podcasts on Android, which could boost the medium. Google says more info on podcasts via Play Music will be available in the “coming months.”