podcasts

Google Podcasts will soon show individual episodes in search results

Google Podcasts will soon show individual episodes in search results

Google Podcasts is about to receive an important new capability: finding specific episodes for search results rather than just shows. This search update has already rolled out to a small number of users, but it will be made available to everyone over coming days. The update brings Google's Podcasts app a bit closer to being a suitable option for diehard Stitcher and Pocket Casts fans.

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Spotify negotiating Gimlet podcast company acquisition for roughly $230M

Spotify negotiating Gimlet podcast company acquisition for roughly $230M

The podcast format has seen a huge resurgence in popularity in recent years, with original series drawing in audiences comparable to shows and movies on streaming video services. The streaming music market has especially become interested in podcasts, with the latest being multiple reports of Spotify in "advanced talks" to acquire Gimlet Media, the podcast production network behind popular series like Reply All, StartUp, and Crimetown.

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Pandora mobile apps get new podcast discovery platform

Pandora mobile apps get new podcast discovery platform

Pandora has pushed out updates for its Android and iOS apps to bring personalized podcast recommendations. The company first revealed plans to offer the feature earlier this year, later deploying it as a beta to a limited number of users. As with its music service, the podcast discovery feature helps users find new podcasts that they're likely to enjoy based on what they already listen to.

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Pocket Casts 7 update finally makes queuing easy

Pocket Casts 7 update finally makes queuing easy

Sure, there's a bunch of other stuff in the update, but that ability to put another episode after the episode that's playing - that's all I wanted. This app now has a dark mode - essentially the entirety of the app, by default. That'll be a whole lot nicer for the ol' battery life than the all-white layout that was the app since the beginning.

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Pandora podcast discovery tool arrives for beta users

Pandora podcast discovery tool arrives for beta users

Pandora previously teased plans to launch a podcast discovery tool similar to its streaming music product, and now that day has finally arrived...for beta users, at least. The new discovery system is called the Podcast Genome Project and it works by recommending users podcasts they're likely to enjoy based on both an algorithm and human curation.

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NASA’s new podcast series details space agency’s ‘invisible’ tech

NASA’s new podcast series details space agency’s ‘invisible’ tech

Podcasts are popular again and it seems a new one appears every week covering a particular topic or hobby. NASA counts itself among them, revealing the launch of a new podcast called The Invisible Network. The space agency describes this as a limited edition podcast, one that already features six episodes available to download through popular platforms.

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Google Podcasts adds Cast support, but many key features still missing

Google Podcasts adds Cast support, but many key features still missing

Earlier this year, Google introduced Google Podcasts, a new app designed to compete with the vast number of existing podcast apps. The app is free but was heavily criticized for its lackluster features...it fell far below the standards offered by popular alternatives Stitcher and Pocket Casts, for example. Now the company is doing something about it.

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Google Shortwave podcast discovery app revealed by trademark doc

Google Shortwave podcast discovery app revealed by trademark doc

Google's experimental products workshop Area 120 may be working on a new project called Shortwave that helps users discover new podcasts. The app made an appearance in a recent trademark filing, and though it didn't have many details, a Google spokesperson revealed a bit more about the project, pointing toward spoken content as the focus.

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Pandora is creating a personalized discovery platform for podcasts

Pandora is creating a personalized discovery platform for podcasts

As first revealed earlier this year, music streaming service Pandora is tackling podcast recommendations using the same tech behind its music platform. In an interview this week, Pandora CEO Roger Lynch discussed the plan, detailing a project that may revolutionize the way people find new podcasts to enjoy. The personalized experience will work by offering users the content relevant to their tastes.

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Plex Podcasts exits beta with new offline mode and OPML importing

Plex Podcasts exits beta with new offline mode and OPML importing

In late May, Plex launched its own podcasting platform for iOS, Android, and Roku devices, but only as a beta. Those who were willing to test it could use the feature to access their favorite podcasts, aggregating that content with their existing movie and music libraries for a less fragmented experience. Unfortunately, the beta lacked some important features for many users, driving them to existing alternatives, but Plex is back with a couple big changes.

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Google Podcasts hands-on: new Google minimalism at work

Google Podcasts hands-on: new Google minimalism at work

Google has never been one to be big on podcasts, almost as if it were rebelling against Apple’s pioneering lead in that market. Its lone official podcast feature on Google Play Music felt like a half-hearted afterthought. So when news hit that Google was making a standalone podcast app, it was pretty much a surprise. Even more surprising, the Google Podcasts that just launched, though raw, already has the hallmarks of a great podcast app: it lets you get to your content without getting in the way.

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Google Podcasts app download on Google Play

Google Podcasts app download on Google Play

Google released their Google Podcasts experience in app form this morning to the surprise of Podcast lovers everywhere. Before now, Google had a podcast-collecting experience available in their Search app, but it wasn't particularly comprehensive. Now there's an app for that, and it's free, and we're expecting apps like Pocket Casts and Sticher to be ... disappointed, to say the least.

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