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Bill Simmons Says Podcasts are Coming to Google Play Music This Month (Updated)

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Back in October of last year, Google announced that podcasts would soon join the line-up of offerings on Google Play Music. October seems like a hell of a long time ago, so as you can imagine, many of us have been itching for some news on when they might actually arrive. According to former ESPN and Grantland talking head, Bill Simmons, we should see podcasts show up this month (as in, February). 

Today, Simmons, who has a popular podcast called the “Bill Simmons Podcast,” announced that he has some 27 million “listens” in just 4 months of existence. Of course, he hit those numbers in such a short amount of time after years of successful podcasting while with ESPN. Not that you care unless you are a sports nut who appreciates Simmons’ often wild takes on sports and homerism of all things Boston, but many of you are probably wondering who Bill Simmons is and why you should care what he says about podcasts coming to Google Play. In short, the dude is a big time podcaster and would probably know.

So, assuming Simmons is correct, we should finally see podcasts come to Google Play Music this month. That’s awesome news, especially for those of you looking to keep up with the Droid Life Show. We are signed up and ready for launch there.

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(We went with the image embed here because he’ll likely delete the Tweet in 5..4..3..)

UPDATE:  Yep, he deleted it alright. But because we expected that to happen, you can see it above still.

Via:  @BillSimmons
  • Son of Nothing

    It’s the end of March and still no podcasts

  • Matreyu

    Is the apk available?

  • Raiterio Patterson

    Twitter needs to get rid of delete option for all eternity

  • Shawn Spring

    I’m a recent Pocket Casts convert, and I couldn’t be happier. I used to use my work issued iPhone to listen to podcasts via the iOS app, but its garbage and now that I have 20GB of data at Tmo, I figured I’d just use the super awesome Android app made for this purpose. I’d prefer a Google solution, but like someone else mentioned, they are going to have to fight hard to move me off PC.

    Side note: I endorse Simmons podcast for both sports and popular culture related listeners. His take on everything but the James Harden to Houston trade is pretty solid (minus the Boston homerism elsewhere duly noted) and his guest have recently included Charles Barkley and Tom Thibedeau. Good stuff.

  • lgreg64

    I hope they do video like Pocketcast.

  • Harold Goldner

    I fervently hope that this is a solution to the problem with podcasts disappearing from servers such that even when stored locally, the podcast apps can’t find them. I love the I/O of both Pocketcasts and Video Podcatcher Deluxe, but both are plagued by this deficiency. The latter is only slightly more tolerable because, unlike Pocketcasts, it doesn’t needlessly rename the files to long strings of random characters, so they’re easily identifiable with an audio playing app once the podcatching software “loses” the files.

  • Ian Case

    Audiobooks audiobooks audiobooks! PLEASE just add an audiobook tag that keeps your place when you stop playback and then come back after listening to something else? Please?

  • RoyD77

    2..1..********

    He deleted the tweet already. Nice job going with the image cap.

  • Roog

    Back when Google Listen was an app, which went unnoticed and was subsequently dropped, podcasts weren’t that popular. Now that “Serial” and others have made podcast listening a big thing, here comes another (welcome) effort from Google. Now, if they would only bring back Reader (no offense, Feedly)…

  • trixnkix637

    Eh.. I’d still stick with Pocket Casts regardless.

  • Dustin

    I don’t understand why anyone who listens to podcasts regularly would switch from a dedicated podcast app like PocketCast to Google Play Music. PocketCast has so many features that will most likely not exist in Google Play Music when it adds support for podcasts. I understand the appeal of getting rid of one more app on your phone but that certainly wouldn’t make someone like myself who listens to several hours of podcasts daily while at work to give up features such as increased playback speed just to free up less than 10 mb of space on my phone. I guess i’d rather have a few apps that each do one specific thing really well than one app that does a variety of things on a level that is mediocre at best.

    • ddh819

      right, unless google play music will automatically download podcasts for offline listening, and let me play them at 1.5x, I won’t be using it.

  • David Imel

    Its going to have to be REALLY good to move me away from Pocket Casts

  • liquidamber5

    This is very good news. It’s been a missing piece of Google Play for some time.

  • Prime7

    It was kind of annoying to switch all my podcasts from Stitcher to Pocketcast, so I’m kind of loathe to do it again, unless Google’s offering is way better.

  • Aww yea. Bring in on! One less app!

  • DanG

    I wondered how many people listen to Podcast. 27 million just on Bill Simmons’ is a lot!!!

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      Pretty much anything that’s broadcasted has a podcast. Everything. That’s where I listen to the espn sport shows I miss during the day… Like First take.

    • J Harrell

      However, most people who listen to podcasts tend to listen to several, as a for instance, I have subscriptions to 14 though I recently pared the list of the ones I tended to skip through. Apparently, Serial had 39 million listeners in the final month of season 1 (per http://www.cnn.com/2014/12/18/showbiz/feat-serial-podcast-btn/), but Serial also is likely why Google is adding podcasts to Play Music.

      Personally, I’m interested but the one thing my podcast app has to have is Tasker integration (and offline listening). I like being able to plug in my audio cable (or have Bluetooth make a connection in a rental) and have the podcast start up right where I left off.

    • Andy

      Adam Carolla podcast is huge as well.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    I’m pretty happy with Pocketcast but this is way overdue from El Goog.

    And thanks for reminding me about Bill’s podcast. I need to get on that ASAP.

    • Hep

      They’ll never compete with PocketCast, but they have needed something since the beginning.

    • subiedude85

      I think something is wrong with me because everyone seems to love Pocketcast but me. It’s not that I hate it, I just can’t use it. None of the ui makes sense and I try to use it and give up after a few weeks. I don’t usually have that level of comprehension trouble.

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      • Ian Case

        My ONLY complaint with PC! is the playlist UI sucks. It autoadds things to ‘up next’ so that when I actually add something to ‘up next’ it goes to the end of a 20 podcast long line. No, see I added it to ‘up next’ because I wanted to listen to it NEXT. Not 16 hours from now.

  • AbbyZFresh

    What’s a podcast?

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      A cast of pods…. As far as I can tell

    • Raven

      A stupid made up term that burns my ears every time I hear it, sort of like blog, shudder.

      • “Blog” is an abbreviated version of “weblog,” which is a term used to describe websites that maintain an ongoing chronicle of information.

        • Raven

          I know what it means. I have been using the “web” since ’94, but I still think “blog”, “blogging”, “blogger”, etc. are ridiculous words.

          • BobButtons

            Blog’s been around long enough that I’ve been able to get past it. However, ‘vlog’ still sounds ridiculous whenever I hear it.

    • Johny Bravo

      podcast = RSS of MP3s, you welcome

    • michael arazan

      Talk Radio. Comedian Pod Casts are where it is at, Nerdist, WTF with Marc Maron, Joe Rogan podcast site are among the best.

      I just go to their web Pages and listen for free.