Today Google announced that YouTube Music now officially offers podcasts.
Inside YouTube Music, there is now a dedicated section for podcasts that plays nicely with existing YouTube podcast videos. When you enter the podcast section, you’ll find a curated section of titles you might like, your favorites, and the various genres available.
Below, YouTube describes this feature and explains that the experience of listening to podcasts is different from the experience of listening to music when the user requires a Premium subscription. How is it different? When listening to podcasts, listeners can expect approval from presenters or sponsored posts, which technically means that podcasts are not “ad-free”. Big shout.
All listeners can enjoy podcasts on demand, offline, in the background, while streaming, and seamlessly switch between audio-video versions on YouTube Music. This podcast experience is different from our music experience, where you need a Premium or Music Premium subscription to enjoy some of these features.
At the moment, Google is rolling this out slowly and only for US users. Neither Kellen nor I have access yet, but keep your eyes peeled. If you need to know what it looks like right now, check out the GIF below.