As promised, YouTube Music now presents podcasts. Within the US, you may launch the Android or iOS app to stream audio or video podcasts and not using a Premium or Music Premium subscription. Exhibits will play within the background, and you may forged them to different units like audio system.
The function is reaching American customers “progressively,” YouTube says, so do not be shocked if you need to wait a short while to see the podcast part. The format is coming to different areas, though YouTube hasn’t supplied a timeline. And earlier than you ask: paying members will nonetheless must hearken to host-read adverts.
The addition could appear odd when Google already has a Podcasts app. This unifies listening for YouTube Music subscribers, although — and, after all, theoretically entices you to enroll. This might make the app a extra viable various to Spotify in the event you’re paying for on-demand music and need every thing in a single place.
YouTube has been ramping up its podcast efforts throughout the board, together with an Discover web page for non-Music customers. Simply do not rely on the service producing a swath of originals like Spotify. The rival has dropped a few of its originals, and has been increasing distribution of Gimlet reveals to different platforms. The podcast trade is not as sizzling because it as soon as was, even when there’s nonetheless loads of demand.