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Google Listen Discontinued Because You Have Other Options

Today, Google announced that Google Listen has been discontinued. Since the Google Play store is such a robust market for podcast apps, they would rather you take advantage of the “wide variety” that are available. If you already have it installed, they want you to know that after November 1, the search functionality on it will be killed off.

We launched Google Listen through Google Labs in August 2009, to give people a way to discover and listen to podcasts. However, with Google Play, people now have access to a wider variety of podcast apps, so we’ve discontinued Listen. People who have already installed the app can still use it, but after November 1, podcast search won’t function. You can access your podcast subscriptions in Google Reader in the “Listen Subscriptions” folder and download them from the Import/Export tab.

Any Google Listen users around? Do people still listen to podcasts?

Via:  Google

  • Connor

    Doubletwist. Favorite Podcasts: Mike and Tom Eat Snacks, WTF w Marc Maron, MMP w Bill Burr, BS Report and Comedy Bang Bang. I know. Everyone knows that only nerds listen to podcasts.

  • sww e
  • Yes….a lot of us listen to podcasts. I hate how pretentious this site can sometimes be. Worse than apple fanboys

  • muffnman

    I JUST dropped google listen early in July for Podkicker Pro. It will be missed.

  • Greg

    I have been using Listen for over a year now. It works fine for me. Maybe it doesn’t have the bells and whistles some do but I have no complaints. It sure works better than some of Google’s services. Why would they trash something that actually works??

  • nate

    Listen is probably my most used app, hopefully they will open source it.

  • Andy

    Listen was one of my most used apps. I was so cross about this I immediately uninstalled it and installed Podkicker Pro. Should have done it a long time ago. It’s a really nice app and a worthy replacement.

  • Brian Sargent

    I tried Listen for a while but didn’t like it. wouldn’t find the podcasts and just didn’t like it. I use BeyondPod now and it does the job well enough.

  • kilbasar

    I started out with Listen, and it still has one of the best interfaces on a podcast app. But it gradually got very buggy (podcasts skipping around, etc), and I had to abandon it. Now I use BeyondPod, which is pretty much perfect in every way. Listen was good, but couldn’t keep up with the competition.

  • v3crax

    I love listen, but I will need to find something else now. I’m twit guy, and I loved how you could use Google Reader to sync up Podcast with Listen.

  • Russell Tanner

    BeyondPod is a great podcast app. It’s easy to use, lets you download or stream, and has a nice ICS inspired look to it. And it’s free. Or at least the free version is perfectly sufficient.

  • Marc Saegesser

    Bummed but not surprised. Listen hasn’t gotten any attention in ages. I use Google Listen every day in the car during my commute. It was easy to queue up podcasts and the simple interface made it easy to use in the car. I never use the search function, though, so it sounds like I can keep using as I normally. Do people still listen to podcasts? Really?

  • Rob

    I use Google listen every day on the way to and from work. I have tried other podcast apps and didn’t like any of them. This sucks.

  • itsgonnalast

    i use Google Listen every day. search has been broken for a long time
    (years), so this is really nothing new. i’m glad i can still use it.
    it’s quirky and buggy but still works for the most part.

    one of
    my favorite Listen features is that i can use Google Maps Navigation
    and Google Listen simultaneously, and Listen pauses and restarts itself
    when Navigation speaks… unlike iHeartRadio which just talks over Navigation.

  • Matt Wilber

    Not only do I listen to podcasts all the freaking time, but I jsut started to ween myself off of the iTunes and onto Google Listen. What do I do now?

  • jmildraws

    I just this week switched to beyondpod. It kind of made me sad. Looks like i got out just in time.

    • Give Pocket Casts a serious try. Very good app. Well organized and maintained.

  • Jonathan Rose

    I use Listen on the car ride to and from work everyday. Ive used other apps but Listen is by far the most simplistic and easy to use.

  • If only they had cheap(er) audio books (than Audible) then I would have been an avid user.

  • Erik

    Pocket Casts is the best alternative, folks. Take it from a Listen user from old times.

  • I do. This is a bummer. I use this app a lot and have been yearning for an update. I guess I’ll have to search for a new app.

  • Firelight

    I just “listened” to Windows Weekly, Tech News Today, Wall Street Journal Tech News Briefing and NPR Hourly News this afternoon/evening as I came home from work, cut the grass and worked in the yard. I’ve used everything including Doggcatcher – paid for most of them too – and nothing works as reliably as Listen. Everything is just “there” when it should be. Dammit.

  • bluefolder

    Strongly recommend Pocket Casts. Though its not free, its got great playback controls and looks better than any other podcast player out there. I’ve found the developer to be very responsive to feedback.

    Also, when I relied on Google Listen, I sometimes found it difficult to find certain podcasts. Pocket Casts’ search function has proven much more robust. Really can’t recommend this app highly enough for anyone who listens to podcasts with any frequency.

  • SecurityNick

    I use it, and actually wrote a blog yesterday saying that I thought Google should make more of a play (no pun intended) with podcasts in Google Play and use Listen to be the content provider.

  • Kisuk3

    Good riddance.

    Hope Google Labs is next.

  • Matthew Merrick

    I am fully expecting Google Play Podcasts to come out soon.

  • Inquizitor

    Shame. Used Listen for years. Always wanted it to get video functionality. I have since upgraded to the stellar Pocket Casts. However, my dad still uses Listen on his One X. He’s not a podcast junkie like me, so I doubt he’d pay for a player. Anyone know a good, simple, free one?