Having originally announced that it would be including podcasts in Google Play Music back in October 2015, Google has just gone and done that now. Users of the service, can now browse and play their favourite podcasts, in addition to their favourite music on Google Play Music.
Podcasts are now going to be available to users of Google Play Music on Android, as well as users on the web. However, for now, only users in the U.S. and Canada will have this opportunity.
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The company explains that it wants to connect users to podcasts depending on what their interests are and what they like to do. They will be able to discover podcasts depending on their interests or mood.
[quote]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.[/quote]
Also, they can browse podcasts according to category, or search for them manually. Podcast themes such as Learning Something New or Stuff You Should Know are available for users to begin their searches. Each theme has curated playlists within it. The company explains
[quote]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.[/quote]
Users can subscribe to anything they like and receive a notification when new episodes are added. Podcast creators who would be interested in adding their podcasts to Google Play Music can find out more on the podcast portal.
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