Subscribe to Podcasts in Google Play

At last, podcasts have come to Google Play Music. I've been waiting for this for a very long time.

This entry isn't for you iPhone users who subscribe to podcasts in iTunes. This is for those of us who prefer Android. We can now easily subscribe and play podcast episodes via the native Google Play app on our devices.

For example, let's say you wanted to subscribe to my podcast, Toronto Mike'd. I highly recommend you do this asap. On your Android device, visit this link. If you've installed the most recent update to Google Play, it will automatically open on the landing page for Toronto Mike'd. Simply select the "Subscribe" button.

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You'll also see a list of all episodes of the podcast. You can easily play them and/or share them. It really is slick and exactly what we Android users have been looking for.

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If you're not an Android user, you can still subscribe and enjoy podcasts via Google Play on the web. The same url will bring you to my podcast's page. Here's how it looks on the web.

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Not only can you search for your favourite podcasts but Google Play Music will offer contextual recommendations, just like it does with music.

It's been a long time coming but it's well worth the wait.

Notes:

  • Google only unveiled this new feature this week, and is still rolling it out on Android devices. I got the update pushed to me two days ago, but it's possible you don't yet have the update. The fastest way to know if you have the new update is to visit this link. If you don't see the Toronto Mike'd logo, you don't have the update yet.
  • If your favourite podcaster hasn't added their podcast to Google Play yet, you won't find it. Most of the big ones are already there, but some podcasters haven't got around to it yet.

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Cambo

Thanks Mike. Play Music with podcasts make listening to your show WAY more convenient.

A few notes, however.

The Google Play Music app is free- you can subscribe to podcasts, and upload your own music (50,000) for free. You can then either stream them or listen offline. No charge.

To stream/download Google's Music library, needs a subscription. I think it's $8 or $9 a month now, or get a "family" subscription for $14 a month.

Either way, it's a fantastic service without the need to actually purchase music anymore. Just stream all you want- and completely legal. I use it to "Cast" my music to my Chromecast on my stereo. TM beaming through the living room, now.

April 23, 2016 @ 4:23 PM

markosaar

I tried Google Play Music when Rdio bit the dust but really didn't like it. To be honest, Spotify pisses me off a lot too, but the reason I chose it over the former is that editing playlists is so much easier on the desktop app. As well I hate that none of these services have a persistent queue from device to device like Rdio did, but at least I can edit playlists easily in Spotify and use those to mitigate it. (I keep two persistent playlists, "Current Queue" for stuff I want to listen to immediately, and "Album Queue" for things I want to check out eventually. I can easily cut & paste albums from one to the other.

As well I really disliked how Google Play Music had ads all over to try to have me buy the albums digitally that I was already paying to stream.

Finally, I've heard people say that GPM podcast support doesn't allow faster playback? I listen to all my podcasts at 1.5x speed on Doggcatcher.

Interestingly when I first got into podcasts and audiobooks over ten years ago, I had no trouble listening at 2x speed. My brain just can't keep up at that rate anymore.

April 25, 2016 @ 9:17 AM

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@markosaar

You're right, there's no fast play option. You get to play it at normal speed only.

But, if you listen to podcasts at normal speed, as I do, Google Play really is great and completely free. I highly recommend it.

April 25, 2016 @ 9:23 AM

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