Podcasts have finally made their way to Google Play Music, the company announced today in a blog post. Google began recruiting podcasters last October after it initially revealed plans for the service, and has managed to sign up a ton of podcasts, including major shows like Marc Maron’s WTF, Chris Hardwick’s The Nerdist, and Neil deGrasse Tyson’s StarTalk Radio, among others.
I was pretty excited about this announcement but I’ve had a ton of issues getting episodes to play. There’s no ability as far as I can tell to mark episodes as played and I’m not sure how/if you’re notified when new episodes are available for listening.
This feels like a soft launch more than a fully developed product. It reminds me a lot of when Google initially launched Drive back in 2012 and people complained about the lack of features compared to services like Dropbox, which had been around for a while at that point.
I’m sure Google’s take on podcasts will get there, it’ll take time to catch up. Meanwhile, i’ll be sticking with Pocket Casts.