Google Making A Move Towards Podcasters. US Only For Now
Google has announced their own podcasting platform that almost anyone is free to join. Free as long as you have a podcast, google play account and live in the USA then you can sign up to be part of their new podcasting platform.
To that end, today we’re launching a portal for podcasters to start uploading their shows to Google Play Music before we open up the service to listeners. Along with direct searches and browsing for podcasts, the service will connect new listeners with podcasts based on what they’re doing, how they’re feeling, or what they’re interested in. Similar to our contextual playlists for music, this will give podcast fans and new listeners a way of finding and listening to content that’s unique to Google Play Music.
Missing from the quote is "Podcasters in the US can start uploading shows now at g.co/podcastportal." However UK podcasters can get around the GEO block with a simple VPN. Although the Rampant Mumblings is a UK cast the submission processed still seemed to have worked.
I'd be incredibly interested to see what the demographics are going to be like being predominantly Android. I wonder how many android types tune into podcasts, let alone Apple based ones.
Our very own Podcast, Rampant Mumblings, has been submitted and we'll keep you posted as to how the process goes.