Google on Monday introduced podcasts to Google Play Music, with availability initially rolling out to Android and the web. The move comes on the heels of a report from October that revealed Google was actively courting podcasters in an effort to bolster is library of content. Here’s what Google had to say at the time:
“Along with direct searches and browsing for podcasts, the service will connect new listeners with podcasts based on what they’re doing, how they’re feeling, or what they’re interested in.”
Essentially, Google is imbuing its podcast library with the same curation expertise music fans have enjoyed for months. If you feel in a certain mood, Google Play Music will suggest podcasts to match your emotions. Some big names are already part of the launch, including Chris Hardwick’s The Nerdist, Marc Maron’s WTF, and more.
In addition to providing recommendations based on interests, Google has also set up playlists based on specific topics. “Learn Something New,” for example, will suggest podcasts such as Stuff You Should Know, Real Simple, among others.
There are several podcast options out there, including Overcast and Pocket Casts, but Google’s looks like it might stand out due to its curation expertise. For now, Google Play Music podcasts are available on Android and the web, with access for iOS users seemingly coming soon.