Google Play Music has today launched its first original podcast, City Soundtracks. Available on Google’s streaming service (and on iTunes!), the series will offer listeners a guide round the musical highlights of different cities, with each stop on the tour chaperoned by a local artist. The show is hosted by Hrishikesh Hirway (of the podcast Song Exploder), and for its first three episodes will visit Austin, Texas with Spoon, New Orleans in LA with Big Freedia, and Oakland, California with Kehlani.
Google launched the podcasts section of Play Music back in April last year, and it’s interesting to see the company now creating its own original shows. The company could be trying to attract a little more attention to Play Music with City Soundtracks, but if so, it’s quite a low-key launch. Plus, Google already creates a whole bunch of its own content, including TV and movies. Adding podcasts to the mix probably wasn’t that much of a stretch. You can find the first three episodes of City Soundtracks on Google Play Music and on iTunes.