April 16, 2024

Google is killing off yet one more product, Google Podcasts, with plans to maneuver all podcast options to YouTube Music.

On the subject of killing off tech and making complicated adjustments to its product lineup, Google wins the gold star, fingers down. The corporate is making yet one more such transfer, saying it can kill off Google Podcasts in 2024.

The corporate made the announcement in a weblog submit:

Trying ahead to 2024, we’ll be rising our funding within the podcast expertise on YouTube Music — making it a greater total vacation spot for followers and podcasters alike with YouTube-only capabilities throughout group, discovery and audio/visible switching. Later in 2024, as a part of this course of, we’ll be discontinuing Google Podcasts. As a part of this course of, we’ll be serving to Google Podcasts customers transfer over to Podcasts in YouTube Music. This matches what listeners and podcasters are already doing: in line with Edison, about 23% of weekly podcast customers within the US say YouTube is their most often used service, versus simply 4% for Google Podcasts.

The corporate says it can collect suggestions to make sure the transition goes as easily as attainable:

Within the coming weeks and months, we’ll collect suggestions to make the migration course of from Google Podcasts to YouTube Music as easy and straightforward as attainable. As soon as we really feel the migration instruments are prepared, we’ll launch them together with clear pointers on how they work.

We all know this transition will take time, however these efforts will enable us to construct a tremendous product and a single vacation spot that rewards creators and artists and offers followers with one of the best Podcasts expertise. For now, nothing is altering and followers will proceed to have entry to YouTube, YouTube Music and Google Podcasts. We’re dedicated to being clear in speaking future adjustments with our customers and podcasters and could have extra to share about this course of within the coming months.

Given Google’s penchant for unveiling after which unceremoniously killing off companies, counting on something the corporate does outdoors of its core markets is more and more a idiot’s errand.