Google Podcasts is shutting down in 2024 after YouTube Music picks up full global availability of podcasts, which is expected before the end of 2023. As 9to5Google reports, YouTube Music “will be Google’s one podcasting app and service going forward.” From the report: The big advantage of Google Podcasts was its simplicity and wide availability on Android (through the Google Search app). A “simple migration tool” will move your existing subscriptions from Google Podcasts. Notably, there will be the ability in YouTube Music to add podcasts via RSS feeds, “including shows not currently hosted by YouTube.” Google will also provide a non-YTM export option via “OPML file of their show subscriptions” that will work with other podcast players.
On the podcaster front, YouTube will allow for RSS uploads instead of requiring a video version. The next step over the coming weeks and months will see Google “gather feedback to make the migration process from Google Podcasts to YouTube Music as simple and easy as possible.” “For now, nothing is changing and fans will continue to have access to YouTube, YouTube Music and Google Podcasts,” says YouTube. “We’re committed to being transparent in communicating future changes with our users and podcasters and will have more to share about this process in the coming months.”