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Google Podcasts introduces personalized episode recommendations

As far as podcast-listening clients go, Google Podcasts still lacks a fair amount of functionality when compared to the competition. Today, Google's taking a step towards doing something about that by adding a new feature that could encourage users to spend more time listening to and discovering podcast content within the app: personalized recommendations.

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Your News Update for Google Assistant will read you custom-crafted coverage

Google has just introduced a new audio news briefing format for Assistant called "Your News Update." When you ask Assistant to tell you the news, instead of playing a series of whole podcasts that you've chosen, it will bring together bits and pieces of produced audio from a number of sources that you've curated. If you want to try it out, just go to the settings menu within Google Assistant, hit "News," then tap on your "News playlist format" to make the change.

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Spotify will now let you add podcasts to playlists

Today is the International Podcast Day and Spotify, making strives toward becoming the world's number one audio platform through its Audio-First initiative, is now allowing all of its users to add podcasts in addition to music into custom playlists and share them with others.

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[Update: Free Plus for desktop app buyers] Pocket Casts goes freemium, sells PC app and extra features for $10 a year

In its most sweeping change since being acquired by a public media consortium last year, podcast app Pocket Casts is making its Android and iOS apps free. Most features, including dark theming, cross-platform syncing, silence removal, and variable-speed playback will be available to all users. Other facets, including the desktop apps, will be available for a monthly or annual fee.

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BBC iPlayer Radio shutdown begins, get the BBC Sounds app to continue listening [APK Download]

Last summer, The Beeb (as it's affectionately known on my side of the pond) launched a new app for all of its various audio content, inventively called BBC Sounds. At that point, we knew the BBC iPlayer Radio app's days were numbered, but now the time has finally come to say goodbye to what many people still believe is the superior app.

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Google introduces a new podcast section about stuff you're searching for

We all like to follow certain podcasts because they present content you expect in a way you can expect. But what if you just need a crash course on a topic? It used to be that you couldn't just put in a search term as you could on YouTube and grab a variety of shows about a certain topic or featuring a certain person. It is the case now, though — you can use Google search to find people and topics on podcasts.

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Breaker is beta testing its 'social' podcast app for Android, and here's what it looks like

Podcasts are all the rage these days, even Spotify is heavily investing in the concept. When it comes to podcast clients, plenty of folks have been looking forward to the Android arrival of the popular iOS "social" podcast app Breaker, which lets you follow friends' listening trends and even chat about your favorite shows. That hotly anticipated Android version of the app is now in beta testing, and we have some screenshots and details for the curious.

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Google Podcasts can auto-download new episodes from your favorite shows

Google Podcasts started with a bare-bones interface and even more bare-bones functionality. However, over the past months, it has slowly but steadily been adding some trequisites, such as playback speed, sleep timer, silence trimming, Auto support, a web interface, episode search, as well as one particularly special feature based on full transcriptions of shows with keyword search suggestions. But today, we're talking about an addition that fits in the former category: auto-downloads.

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[Update: Podcasts on web official] You can listen to Google Podcasts on the web with a simple URL edit

Google Podcasts gives us another option for listening to our favorite shows, but it's nowhere near as feature-rich as a lot of other competing services. Like a lot of early-stage Google products, it feels like there's some way to go before it catches up. The ability to listen on the web is a pretty basic feature that's been missing, but now there's a way to force this functionality.

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Google Podcasts has new features to take advantage of transcription, adds sleep timer and sorting button

The Google Podcasts app is putting AI-generated episode transcriptions into good use with a couple of new features — one of them is live right now. Plus, we look over a useful timer for people who go to sleep with podcasts and a sorting button that's been long overdue.

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