Google Podcasts to be killed off soon! Big boost for YouTube Music

Google Podcasts will be discontinued from 2024. YouTube Music will be the only Google platform that will stream podcasts.

| Updated on: Sep 27 2023, 09:23 IST
Tired of managing excessive emails? Google just rolled out this new Gmail feature
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1/5 Do you also face difficulties while managing your emails on Gmail? It is quite a hectic task to remove a large chunk of unwanted mail from the Android devices. Things are changing for the better now as Google has rolled out its latest update where you can get rid of this problem, but up to an extent.. (Unsplash)
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2/5 Gmail for Android is introducing a new feature – the "Select All" button – which facilitates efficient inbox management. This button will enable users to easily select multiple emails to clean up their inbox. (unsplash)
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3/5 While this functionality has long been available on Gmail's web application, it's a significant addition for mobile users. It simplifies the process of selecting multiple emails. This task was previously more difficult on Android devices. (Playstore)
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4/5 With the "Select All" button, you will only be allowed to select a maximum of 50 emails at once. This is similar to the limitation present in the web version of Gmail. Despite this limitation, it was a much-needed feature for Android users. (Unsplash)
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5/5 As per a report by 9T05 Google, users can see "Select All" button in Gmail for Android on version 2023.08.20.561750975 for both Pixel and Galaxy, Android 14 and Android 13. It's worth noting that this change appears to be implemented on a device basis, rather than being tied directly to a traditional app update. The introduction of this feature is a step towards enhancing the mobile Gmail experience, making it more user-friendly and efficient for managing emails.  (Playstore)
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Say goodbye to Google Podcasts as it will be discarded in 2024. (YouTube Music)

Google Podcasts will soon take its leave after staying in the market for a short period of time. Google has officially released a statement that it will be going away with Podcasts next year. YouTube Music will thereafter, be the the podcast centre. It is also reported that the YouTube podcast version will have new updates and features for podcast listeners. Know all about the announcement here.

YouTube Music will be used in place of Google Podcasts

YouTube Music blog post shared the news that Google Podcasts will be discontinued later in 2024. The post said, “We'll be discontinuing Google Podcasts. As part of this process, we'll be helping Google Podcasts users move over to Podcasts in YouTube Music.” They also mentioned that they will be investing more in enhancing the podcast experience for YouTube Music users.

YouTube Music enables users to listen to podcasts in audio as well as video format. Additionally, they can also listen to podcasts when they are offline which gives them flexibility with their data usage. As of now, podcasts are only available in the United States, Canada, and Latin America. It is reported that it will be made available to podcast listeners globally too.

According to YouTube Music, in the US, approximately 23% of weekly podcast listeners most frequently turn to YouTube, while only 4% prefer using Google Podcasts. Google will also be introducing a user-friendly migration tool for transitioning existing subscriptions from Google Podcasts to YouTube Music. Users will be able to include podcasts via RSS feeds in YouTube Music, even if they are not currently available on the platform. Additionally, for other podcast players, Google is offering an alternative export method via an "OPML file" of your subscriptions.

YouTube Music will also be collecting feedback for the migration from Google Podcasts to YouTube Music so they don't face any problems.

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First Published Date: 27 Sep, 08:48 IST