Google Moving Into Podcasting

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.

Podcasting With Google Play Google Making A Move Towards Podcasters. US Only For Now

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.

Google+ for iOS released

According to a Google+ post by Vic Gundotra, VP at Google, the official Google+ app for iOS should be rolling out “in the next few hours.” The app is actually available now, at the iTunes App Store.

Google+, Google’s contender in the Social Network war, was released only a few weeks ago and is already garnering millions of users and critical acclaim. The question of whether or not it can beat Facebook is on everybody’s minds, but it’s way too soon to know for sure. However, getting a timely release of an official iOS app is definitely a step in the right direction. It’s certainly the most successful social release by Google since they tried and failed (in most places) to create a social space for themselves with the ill-fated Orkut. A few more flops down the line, and it looks like Google might actually be getting its act together on this important front.

We haven’t seen any word about a Google+ iPad app, but we’re pretty sure that will be soon to follow. Facebook took its sweet time releasing an official iPad app, and Google will certainly want to cash in on that shortcoming. Google+ has tried to find ways to let people import their contacts and social connections from services like Google, but Facebook has always been conservative about letting their data go to other companies, and has tried to block Google from taking their data (and possibly users).