April 12, 2024

Google Podcasts is shutting down: here’s how to migrate to YouTube Music

When Google rolled out podcasts to the YouTube Music app in 2023, the writing was on the wall for Google Podcasts. It didn’t take a huge amount of logic to suspect that Google Podcasts would go the route of Google Play Music and be integrated directly into YouTube. The switch will take place on April 2, after which Google Podcasts will stop functioning in the US.

Fortunately, you have extra time to migrate to another service. You can migrate their subscriptions through July, and you’ll be reminded whenever they try to open the Google Podcasts app. The migration process was first rolled out to the US in December, but has since affected most of the world where Google Podcasts are available.

People outside the US will still have access to Google Podcasts for a while. Google told TechCrunch that it is targeting an April 2 shutdown in the US. The company didn’t reveal when the rest of the world would lose access, but it will still be sometime in 2024.

Google Podcasts first launched in 2018. Before launch, podcasts were linked to Google Play Music. When it came out, it focused mainly on integrating Google Assistant and using information gathered from your listening habits to make more personalized recommendations. The service improved over time and became one of the most popular podcast apps, with over 500 million downloads on the Google Play Store alone.

Google revealed the reason for integrating Google Podcasts with YouTube Music in its announcement last year.

“Later in 2024, as part of this process, we will retire Google Podcasts. As part of this process, we will help Google Podcasts users transition to Podcasts in YouTube Music,” Google said in a blog post in September. . “This is consistent with what listeners and podcasters are already doing: According to Edison, about 23% of weekly podcast users in the US say YouTube is their most used service, compared to just 4% for Google Podcasts.”

Initially, the move to separate Google Podcasts from Google Play Music emulated Apple’s approach of having a separate podcast app and a music streaming app. At the time, Apple Podcasts was the most popular podcast app in the US; 34% of US podcast listeners used it. However, Spotify has since taken the throne as the top podcast app in the US, with Amazon doubling its podcast listener numbers since 2021 with the same all-in-one strategy.

So while this seems like another classic example of Google doubling down, as was the case with Inbox by Gmail, by integrating podcasts with YouTube Music, Google is better emulating the methods that are driving other companies’ success in 2024. In addition to audio podcasts, YouTube Music will feature video podcasts and access to YouTube, one of the largest sources on the web for both music and podcast content.

Google Podcasts will officially enter the Google graveyard at the tender age of six.

Photo of the Google Podcasts app on a phone

You want to export your podcasts to YouTube Music.

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How to migrate Google Podcasts subscriptions

There are two ways to export your podcast subscriptions from Google Podcasts. The first is a direct export to YouTube Music. The other allows you to download your subscriptions in OPML format. You can then load that file into another podcast app to retrieve your subscriptions. We will discuss both methods.

Export to YouTube Music

  • Before you start, make sure you download YouTube Music, open the app and sign in with your Google account before continuing.
  • Open Google Podcasts. At the top of the app’s home screen, you’ll see a banner encouraging you to export your subscriptions.
  • Press Export subscriptions link on the banner.
  • You have the option to export directly to YouTube Music or export to another app. Press Export button to migrate your data to YouTube Music.
  • YouTube Music will automatically open in the podcast transfer screen.
  • Press Transfer if… knob. Your Google account email address should appear on the button.
  • If you listen to podcasts hosted by a third-party server, Google will tell you to add an RSS feed instead of subscribing to the podcast directly. Crane Get on to proceed.
  • The transfer is being processed. This may take a few minutes if you listen to a lot of podcasts, so wait a moment.
  • Once you’re done, the app will take you to your podcast library so you can make sure everything is transferring correctly.

Export to another podcast app

  • Open Google Podcasts and look for the banner that tells you to export your podcasts. Crane Export subscriptions.
  • On the next page, tap To download.
  • You are encouraged to save a file to your download folder. Crane To rescue to do that.
  • For reference, Google calls this file google-podcasts-subscriptions.opml standard.
  • Open the podcast app you want to migrate your podcasts to.
  • Navigate to that app’s settings and find where you can import OPML files.
  • Once found, use the app’s import tool to find and import the OPML file saved by Google Podcasts in the previous step.
  • Finally, check your library to make sure Google Podcasts has transferred everything correctly.

When will Google Podcasts end?

Google Podcasts will officially shut down on April 2 in the US. Google hasn’t announced an official shutdown date for the rest of the world yet, but all signs point to it being sometime in 2024.

Can I still migrate my podcasts after April 2?

Yes. Through July, Google is allowing people to migrate their podcast subscriptions to YouTube Music or the podcast app of their choice using the Google Podcast app.

Are YouTube Music podcasts free?

YouTube Music podcasts are free. Google says that “listeners can enjoy podcasts on-demand, offline, and in the background while casting and seamlessly switch between audio-video versions on YouTube Music. This podcast listening experience is different from our music listening experience where you have a Premium of Music need a Premium subscription to enjoy some of these features.”

Why is Google shutting down Google Podcasts?

According to Google, YouTube already generates more podcast traffic than Google Podcasts. So Google plans to combine both efforts into one app by integrating everything into YouTube Music. Additionally, services like Spotify and Amazon have seen major podcast listener growth by integrating podcasts with each company’s respective music streaming services.

What else should I know?

YouTube Music launched podcasts on its platform in April 2023 and is fully integrated into the experience. You can search for podcasts the same way you search for music and also add podcasts to your library the same way. It’s not as robust as a dedicated podcast app, but you do have the ability to save podcasts for later, download podcasts for offline listening, and enable automatic downloads so you don’t have to do it yourself later.

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