Google is opening up its music subscription service, Play Music, to podcast creators to upload episodes of their podcasts in preparation for a consumer launch soon. And when it eventually arrives, the podcasts won’t just be podcasts, they’ll be availed to listeners in the same way Google Play Music has evolved to provide music in an age where context is all that matters: podcasts will be served up based on mood or interest. Users will also have the ability to browse through the available podcast channels and the podcasts themselves manually.
Google has already reached out to several podcasters to have them upload their podcasts to Play Music. These include notable podcasters like HowStuffWorks, Nerdist and several others.
Podcasts will be the latest addition to an expansive Google Play content line-up that also includes music, movies, TV shows, books and applications. According to Google, Google Play serves over a billion people every month.
As is currently the case with Google Play Music All Access, podcasts will only be made available to listeners in the United States at first.