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Google Podcasts App to Shut Down on April 2nd

Google has announced that it will be shutting down its Google Podcasts app on April 2nd, 2024. The app, which has over 500 million downloads worldwide, will be discontinued in favor of YouTube Music.

Google says that YouTube Music is a better destination for both listeners and creators, and that it offers a seamless experience for switching between audio and video content.

User subscriptions will not be lost, and Google has provided instructions on how to easily transfer subscriptions to YouTube Music. This can be done through the Export Subscriptions option within the Google Podcasts app. Subscriptions can be transferred until July 2024.

The reason for the shutdown of the Google Podcasts app is unclear, despite its popularity with users. It remains to be seen whether this change will be welcomed by podcasters and listeners.

Here are some additional details about the shutdown:

The Google Podcasts app will be unavailable to download or use after April 2nd, 2024.

Users can export their subscriptions to YouTube Music until July 2024.

Google has provided instructions on how to transfer subscriptions to YouTube Music.

The reason for the shutdown of the Google Podcasts app is unclear.

Here are some possible reasons for the shutdown:

Google may be trying to consolidate its audio services under YouTube Music.

Google may believe that YouTube Music is a better platform for podcasts.

Google may be trying to save money by shutting down the Google Podcasts app.

It remains to be seen how the shutdown of the Google Podcasts app will impact podcasters and listeners.

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