After a few months of testing, YouTube podcasts have finally arrived on the YouTube Music app but only for listeners in the United States.
YouTube Music app is a music streaming service that enables users to enjoy audio and video of their favorite songs. Its Premium tier offers ad-free playback, background playback, and a download option to listen to music offline for $9.99 per month or $99.99 per year. The YouTube Music Family plan with up to 6 accounts is also available for $14.99 per month.
Listen to podcasts offline on the YouTube Music app for iOS, Android, and web
Starting today, podcasts are gradually rolling out to the YouTube Music app for iOS, Android, and the web. All listeners in the U.S. can now continue podcasts on the Music app which they had started on the main app.
The music streaming service includes podcasts on-demand, in the background, and offline for free. Users do not need a Premium or Music Premium subscription to listen to or watch podcasts on the Music app, it is free for all.
Additionally, users can also seamlessly switch between their audio and video versions of podcasts. Google states that the “new podcast listening experience complements the podcast video experience on YouTube.” However, video versions of only those podcast episodes are available which are uploaded on the YouTube app.
In the YouTube Music app, a new Podcasts button or chip is added to the Home tab which directs users to its dedicated feed. The Podcasts section on the app displays Your Shows, Keep Listening, Recommended Episodes, and Discovery with genres like history, gaming, true crime, and others.
The Explore section for Podcasts includes New releases, Charts, Moods, and genres. A Podcasts filter is also added Library on the app along with Songs, Playlists, Albums, and Artists. This means users will not only be able to listen to their favorite shows but also will be able to find new ones.
Although the YouTube Music app currently offers podcasts in the United States only, Google said that it plans to bring the audio genre to other countries and regions in the future.