Google Shuts Down Google Podcasts, Forces Users to Migrate to YouTube Music by 2024
Google's Latest Move Sparks Controversy as Users Raise Concerns Over Forced Migration and Fees.
In a significant development, Google has announced its decision to retire the Google Podcasts app, requiring users to shift to YouTube Music by the end of 2024. This move is part of Google’s broader strategy to consolidate its user base and listeners within its all-in-one application.
Google had previously signaled its commitment to supporting podcast creators through its YouTube platform, with initial plans unveiled as early as March 2022. These plans encompassed the creation of a dedicated podcast section on the video and streaming platform, complete with thumbnails, timestamps, and curated playlists. Additionally, Google aimed to allow the integration of podcast RSS feeds, including the capability for users to upload their own feeds to YouTube by the close of 2023.