Google Podcasts is collapsing, our faith in Google is fading
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Google Podcasts is collapsing, our faith in Google is fading

This exit from Google Podcasts, a move being considered by Google, is part of a series of announced endings that call into question: Where does loyalty and trust fit into Google’s changing ecosystem?

There you have it: Google Podcasts (launched in 2018) has joined the club of Google services that have walked out the door. As Numerama notes, the site “Killed by Google”which maintains a registry of all Google products that failed too soon, has just expanded with this new addition.

As of April 2, 2024, this listening platform, which was part of the Android ecosystem, no longer operates in the US, several months after Google announced its intention to merge podcasts with YouTube.

Google ritual: launch, then fail

This was to be expected. Google already said in 2023 that it was preparing to shut down its independent podcast service to focus on YouTube Music.

If this were an isolated incident, it could be forgiven, but it’s a recurring trend at Google. The Podcasts app is the latest victim of what might be called the “Google ritual”: Google launches, then Google shuts down.

Among those left out of this ritual are Google Clips, Stadia, Inbox by Gmail, YouTube Gaming, Google Trips, Google Allo, Google Plus, Google Goggles, Google Talk, Chromebook Pixel, Project Ara, Picasa, MyTracks, Google . The Nexus Range, Google Latitude and Nexus Q, to name a few.

Should we trust Google?

With Google Podcasts gone, users should turn to other dedicated apps like Spotify, Deezer, or Apple Podcasts for iPhone fans. But this raises the issue of trust in Google.

I personally can recommend two apps: Pocket Casts and Podcast Addict.

As explained EdgeGoogle’s graveyard can be seen as a collection of products released by the brand that failed and were therefore abandoned.

But we can also see a long history of Google’s failure to provide clear direction to its products. Whether it’s instant messaging, video games, virtual or augmented reality, or social media, Google has often demonstrated its inability to maintain its services in the long term.


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