YouTube Music Gains Audio Podcasts on iOS and Web

Google today announced that YouTube Music on the web and the YouTube Music app for iOS devices now offer podcasts in the United States. Users who watch podcasts through the main YouTube app can now continue listening to them through YouTube Music.

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Podcasts on YouTube Music are free, with no Premium subscription required. Podcasts are available on-demand, offline, and can be listened to in the background and while casting, with options to swap between audio and video versions.

Google says that the podcast listening experience on YouTube Music is designed to complement the video podcast experience that's available on YouTube. Podcasts will be available through the Home tab by tapping on the Podcasts section at the top of the screen.

There is an Explore feature for finding popular podcasts based on categories that include gaming, music, true crime, comedy, health and fitness, business, and society and culture, plus a search tab for locating specific content.

Podcasts in YouTube Music are rolling out to U.S. users starting today, but Google says support is being implemented "gradually" so it may take a few days for the podcasts to show up in the YouTube Music app and on the web. While podcasts are limited to the United States at the current time, Google has plans to bring access to other regions in the future.

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TheYayAreaLiving ?️ Avatar
14 months ago

Probably to find your friends to share playlists with or something?
Reminds me of Ping - Apple.

Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ubername Avatar
14 months ago
Cancelled Spotify and subscribed to Youtube Premium recently, couldn't be happier. Probably the only service that isn't entirely captured by the mainstream. You can get some really cool recommendations from proper DIY bands
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
icanhazmac Avatar
14 months ago
Once again... hard pass based on the privacy scorecard:






Why would a music player need access to my contacts, location or user content?






^^^^^^ And this gem, why collect websites?

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TheYayAreaLiving ?️ Avatar
14 months ago
Thank you Google for making Podcasts on YouTube Free.
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rishey Avatar
14 months ago
These aren't podcasts. Podcasts are RSS feeds with media enclosures that you are free to play on any platform. This is a silo.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Delivered Avatar
14 months ago

Thank you Google for making Podcasts on YouTube Free.
Are they not free anywhere else?
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