Podcasts Section Starts Showing Up In Google Play Music For Some

By 12:33 Sat, 31 Jul 2021 Comments

Last year it was revealed that Google Play Music would acquire a Podcasts section in 2016, and now we can report that it's already live. For some lucky souls, at least.

The feature will apparently become available for all before the discontinue of this month. Until then, Google seems to be doing some A/B testing on this, but the recent functionality is enabled server-side so it isn't part of an update to the Google Play Music app unfortunately.

As you'd expect, a Podcasts entry shows up in the app's side menu, under Music library and above Browse stations. Once you tap on that you're taken to the recent section, that comes with two tabs - Featured and Your podcasts. A search bar is at the top, naturally.

When you decide to subscribe to a podcast, you're asked if you want to download the latest five episodes and acquire notified when recent ones acquire released. The Now playing classy screen for podcasts is similar to the one used for music, save for one incompatibility - the thumbs up and down buttons have been replaced with ones that let you skip 30 seconds forward and backward, respectively.




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