Google has today officially added podcasts to Google Play Music. The feature is available right now on the web and is currently rolling out to Android devices, iOS support is also coming at a later date. The service is of course available in the United States, and by some miracle Canada, apparently Google finally got the message.
Play Music organizes podcasts into a selection of categories including “Learning something new”, “Stuff you should know”, and “How to do everything”. There’s also a “top charts” section.
Starting today on the web and rolling out on Android in the U.S. and Canada, we’ll connect you with podcasts based on what you’re doing, how you’re feeling and what you’re interested in. Similar to our contextual playlists for music, we want to make it easy to find the right podcast—whether you’re a podcast aficionado or listening for the first time. Try “Learning Something New” to talk about at a dinner party and listen to our favorite episodes from Stuff You Should Know or How To Do Everything. Enjoy a Sunday afternoon by “Getting Lost in a Story” with episodes from Radiolab or Reply All, or relax after a long day by “Laughing Out Loud” to Marc Maron’s WTF or Chris Hardwick’s The Nerdist. If you find something you love, subscribe to download the last several episodes automatically on your device or choose to be notified every time a new episode comes out.