March 25th, 2020
It took me a decade to find the podcasts I love most. When I lived in Chicago, I started downloading podcasts for traffic-filled drives to soccer practice. One that stood out during the ninety-minute commute was Planet Money, which became a ritual for me as I studied economics. Since then I’ve gradually gathered a list of favorites for all activities from long runs to cooking dinner—Acquired, PTI, and More Perfect are a few. Building my podcast library took years and a number of friends introducing me to their favorite shows and episodes, such as a particularly memorable Radiolab about CRISPR.
But you should be able to find new favorites in minutes, not years. We’ve redesigned the Google Podcasts app to make it easier to discover podcasts you’ll love, build your list of go-to podcasts, and customize your listening. To support listeners on more platforms, we’re also bringing Google Podcasts to iOS for the first time and adding support for subscriptions on Google Podcasts for Web. Regardless of the platform, you’re using, your listening progress will sync across devices, and you’ll be able to pick up right where you left off.
The new app is organized around three tabs: Home, Explore and Activity. The Home tab features a feed of new episodes and gives you quick access to your subscribed shows. When you select an episode you want to listen to, you’ll now see topics or people covered in that podcast, and you can easily jump to Google Search to learn more.
In the Explore tab, “For you” displays new show and episode recommendations related to your interests, and you can browse popular podcasts in categories such as comedy, sports, and news. You’ll be able to control personalized recommendations from the Google Podcasts settings, which are accessible right from the Explore tab.
As you listen and subscribe to more podcasts, the Activity tab will display you’re listening history, queued up episodes, and downloads. For each show in your subscriptions, you can now enable automatic downloading and/or push notifications for when new episodes come out.