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.
Google Play Music's podcast section will offer contextual recommendations for podcasts based on your activities or your interests, just like it does with music. It will also recommend playlists featuring key podcasts based on specific topics, like "Learning Something New" which will feature episodes from shows including Stuff You Should Know and How To Do Everything, and "Getting Lost in a Story" with Radiolab and Reply All.
Those features could help separate Google Play Music's offering in an already overcrowded market with a number of strong contenders like Pocket Casts and Podcast Addict. If you're a Google Play Music user on iOS, you'll have to wait a bit before dropping your current podcast app, as the platform has been left out of the initial rollout. But hopefully it won't be that way for long, and all Play Music users can ignore the outside world on their commute to work in the morning.
Google Play Music's new podcast section is now available on the web, and will begin rolling out to Android users today.