April 24, 2024

7 Alternatives to Google Podcasts Now That It’s Going Away

Fan of Google Podcasts? Me too. Unfortunately it is going away so we have to look to other platforms to keep us entertained. Or do we?

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Google Podcasts is going away and, although dwarfed in users by Spotify and also Apple Podcasts, many users will be left without a podcast listening “home”. For these users there are plenty of alternatives and in today’s article we will address some of these as well as their pros and cons. If you have your own podcast you likely know that one of the main ways to achieve this is by turning your episodes to short-form content. Now you can do this automatically with Framedrop.ai, try it! Okay, here we go:

Best Google Podcasts Alternatives In Short

With Google Podcasts going away your best alternatives are:

  • YouTube Music: Google’s own. Integrates podcasts with an extensive music library and personalized recommendations.
  • Spotify: Immersive podcasting experience with curated playlists and seamless synchronization across devices. Has the biggest user base of any platform.
  • Apple Podcasts: Empowers creators with a subscription-based model. Has the second biggest user base of all.
  • Pocket Casts: Podcast player with customizable playback speeds and cross-platform compatibility.
  • Podcast Addict: Simple and affordable podcast consumption with essential features and a cluttered interface.
  • AntennaPod: Open-source, ad-free podcast hosting solution with full creator control and community collaboration.
  • Podbean: Comprehensive podcast hosting and monetization platform with some podcast creation features.

What Is Google Podcasts and Why Is It Going Away?

Google Podcasts is a free service by… you guessed it - Google. With it users can discover, subscribe and listen to podcasts. The general flow can be described as users finding and subscribing to shows, getting notified about new episodes, and then streaming or downloading them for offline listening. The platform syncs across devices, integrates with Google Assistant, and offers features like playback speed adjustment.

Well, around September 2023 Google announced it would be shutting down their platform sometime in 2024. According to Google this decision is in line with their strategic vision to improve the overall podcasting experienve on YouTube Music. By focusing on a single platform, Google aims to optimize their approach to podcasting and to respond faster to user and podcaster feedback. Essentially, this transition will allow a more steady release of new features and access to centralized feedback. This change also increases YouTube Music’s premium subscription value and turns Google’s podcasting infrastructure into a more monetizable endeavor (Google Podcasts had no subscription/premium plan).

But when is this happening? Well, it already did… if you’re in the US Google shut down Google Podcasts on the 2nd of April 2024. It will then be discontinued in all regions by the 24th of June 2024. Despite this podcasters will have access to the Google Podcasts Manager to get past content and download analytics until the 29th of July so if you’ve got episodes there be sure to do so. If you’re a listener you can be sure to export your subscriptions to YouTube Music or to your platform of choice, if supported.

7 Alternatives to Google Podcasts

Whether you’re from the US and spent the past couple weeks trying to find a solution to your podcast listening hobby or if you're from another region and preparing for Google Podcasts’ shutdown, options do exist. Time to get into some of its alternatives:

YouTube Music

As Google Podcasts transitions into YouTube Music, users can expect seamless integration with their existing Google ecosystem. This platform not only hosts podcasts but also offers an extensive library of music, playlists, and music videos. With personalized recommendations and easy navigation, discovering new podcasts becomes a delightful experience. YouTube has also since allowed podcasters to upload their RSS feeds and turn playlists into podcasts with a “Create a new podcast” feature.

YouTube Music homepage screenshot

Pricing: Free with ads, Premium subscription available at $10.99/month.


  • Integrated with already existing Google accounts.
  • Extensive music library alongside podcasts.
  • Personalized recommendations.


  • Limited podcast-specific features compared to dedicated platforms.
  • Ad interruptions in the free version.

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Apple Podcasts

Apple Podcasts adopts a creator-centric approach, empowering podcasters to control pricing, content, and distribution. With a subscription-based model, users directly support their favorite creators while gaining access to exclusive content. Seamless integration with Apple devices ensures a smooth listening experience.

Apple Podcast homepage screenshot

Pricing: Free with optional subscription to individual creators.


  • Creator-centric model empowers podcasters.
  • Seamless integration with Apple ecosystem.
  • Access to exclusive content through subscriptions.


  • Limited cross-platform compatibility.
  • Dependency on Apple ecosystem for optimal experience.


Spotify has evolved into a powerhouse for podcast enthusiasts. With a user-friendly interface and seamless synchronization across devices, it offers an immersive podcasting experience. From curated playlists to exclusive content, Spotify caters to diverse interests, ensuring listeners always find something captivating.

Spotify podcasts page screenshot

Pricing: Free with ads, Premium subscription available at $10.99/month.


  • Vast library of podcasts and music.
  • Curated playlists and personalized recommendations.
  • Seamless synchronization across devices.


  • Ad interruptions in the free version.
  • Limited control over playback speed for free users.

Pocket Casts

Pocket Casts stands out as a beloved podcast player app, offering a tidy interface and an array of features. From customizable playback speeds to platform compatibility, it caters to both casual listeners and avid enthusiasts. Plus and Patron memberships unlock additional perks, enhancing the overall experience.

Pocket Casts homepage screenshot

Pricing: Free with premium memberships starting at $39.99/year.


  • Tidy interface and intuitive navigation.
  • Customizable playback speeds.
  • Cross-platform compatibility.


  • Premium memberships required for some features.
  • Higher cost compared to other free alternatives.

Podcast Addict

Podcast Addict appeals to users seeking simplicity and affordability. While its interface may appear cluttered, its free version offers essential features for seamless podcast consumption. However, compared to competitors, its feature set may feel limited for users craving more customization.

Podcast Addict homepage screenshot

Pricing: Free with premium version available at $0.99/month or $9.99/year.


  • Free and uncomplicated.
  • Basic features for podcast consumption.


  • Cluttered interface.
  • Limited customization options compared to competitors.


AntennaPod embraces open-source principles, offering a free, ad-free podcast hosting solution. With a focus on transparency and community collaboration, it provides creators with full control over their content and revenue. While it may lack advanced features, its simplicity and dedication to open-source ideals make it a compelling choice for many.

AntennaPod homepage screenshot

Pricing: Free with no subscription fees.


  • Open-source platform with no ads.
  • Full control over content and revenue.
  • Community-driven development.


  • Limited advanced features compared to proprietary platforms.
  • Reliance on community support for updates and improvements.


Last but not least, Podbean combines podcast hosting and monetization (here’s a blog post I’ve previously made on how to monetize your podcast), offering a comprehensive platform for creators. With features like the Ads Marketplace and AI-enhanced audio quality, it empowers creators to reach wider audiences (and can be a great tool if you’re wondering how to start a podcast with no audience) and enhance listener experiences. Easy integration with Apple Podcasts Subscription further expands its reach and monetization opportunities.

Podbean homepage screenshot

Pricing: Free hosting available, premium plans start at $14/month.


  • Comprehensive podcast hosting and monetization platform.
  • Ads Marketplace for revenue generation.
  • AI-enhanced audio quality.


  • Premium plans may be cost-prohibitive for some creators.
  • Dependency on external platforms for audience reach and monetization.

A Farewell To Google Podcasts

After 6 years it is time to bid Google Podcasts farewell. Although Google Podcasts going away is the end of an era, it also marks the beginning of a whole new journey for podcasters and listeners alike. There are still plenty of other alternatives available and for those sticking with Google a transition to YouTube Music will allow for better support and QoL features for both sides. And who knows… maybe we’ll even end up liking it more! If you have your own podcast and want to take this chance to grow your audience, start converting your episodes to YouTube Shorts, TikToks and Instagram Reels with Framedrop.ai!

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What is Google Podcasts?

Google Podcasts is a platform by Google for discovering and listening to podcasts. It's an app where users can find and subscribe to podcasts on various topics. It offers personalized recommendations and the ability to download episodes for offline listening. Available on Android, iOS, and the web, it's a convenient way to enjoy podcasts.

Why is Google Podcasts going away?

Google Podcasts is being phased out to centralize offerings on YouTube Music. According to Google themselves this is being done with the objective of enhancing the podcast experience and in response to podcast popularity and user preference for YouTube. Google will be smoothing this transition out by providing migration tools for users and new and improved tools for podcasters such as allowing podcast’s RSS feeds to be uploaded to YouTube and use the new “Create a podcast” feature to turn a video playlist into a podcast.

When is Google Podcasts going away?

Google Podcasts has already been discontinued in the US as of April 2nd, 2024. In the rest of the world Google is looking to discontinue the platform by the 24th of June, 2024. Google is also allowing access to the Google Podcasts Manager until the 29th of July so that all podcast creators can download their content and get in on other platforms as well as export analytics.

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April 24, 2024
Filipe Pessoa

Having a bachelor's degree in Sociology and currently getting his Masters' in Marketing, Filipe has always followed a customer-centric ethos. In 2021, Filipe was part of one of the 3 European Innovation Academy winning projects - CultureKit - as its CMO. Since joining Framedrop in August 2022, Filipe has worked on a wide array of tasks such as Copywriting, Lead Generation, Influencer Marketing and even dipped his toes in SEO.

When not working, Filipe channels his creativity into music production in his home studio.

Favorite sport: Football ⚽️

Favorite hobby: Gaming 🎮

Favorite musical artist: King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard 🎸

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