Another Google app will soon be phased out – Google Podcasts will cease to exist in 2024 as Google looks to move podcasts to YouTube Music. Google Podcasts launched in 2018 on Android and later made its way to web and iOS in 2020.
Google is looking to create a centralized podcast destination on YouTube Music and the plan is already in motion in the US where users can listen and watch podcasts on YouTube Music without a paid membership. Podcasts on YouTube Music in the US already features background playback, offline downloads and the ability to cast content to smart speakers.
Google also shared that 23% of podcast listeners listed YouTube as their go-to podcast listening service while only 4% opted for Google Podcasts. The migration process from Google Podcasts to YouTube Music will take some time but Google is confident that the process will go as smooth as possible.