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January 31, 2024:
    Listeners can get Acast-hosted podcasts on the YouTube Music app using RSS feeds: use our tool to help.
January 15, 2024:
    YouTube Music is missing too many podcast basics, says 9to5Google. Abner Li is missing “mark episodes as played”, chapter support, and new episode notifications. (We’d add: skip-silence and volume-boost, please; but we like the “New episodes” view and when it gains swipe-to-mark-as-listened, it’ll be excellent).
December 28, 2023:
December 19, 2023:
    9to5Google has published a look at the Google Podcasts migration process to YouTube Music. It also reports that “mark as played” will be coming shortly as a feature in the YouTube Music app. It has also added a “podcast recommendation” notification, which notifies you of podcasts you might like.
December 8, 2023:
December 4, 2023:
    Listeners can now add RSS podcasts in the YouTube Music app on all platforms, including iOS. Our own RSS2YTM website will help you/them add your favourite shows.
November 20, 2023:
    YouTube Music is (whisper it) quite a good, if basic, podcast app. From your friends at Podnews, this website will help you - if you want - listen to any podcast in YouTube Music, via the power of RSS. Shh.
November 15, 2023:
    YouTube Music continues rolling-out its support for playing podcasts via RSS feeds. You can currently add new RSS feeds to the app using Android or the web; but you can play them back on the app on iOS already. We built a website to help listeners find RSS feeds (and for podcasters to link to). You'll also find a new YouTube Music button in our podcast pages.
November 13, 2023:
November 10, 2023:
    Exclusive: On Android and the web, the YouTube Music app is rolling out support for adding a podcast using an RSS URL. This lets you listen to any RSS-based podcast within the YouTube Music app; it works as passthrough direct to the podcast host. So, even if your favourite podcast isn't on YouTube... you can still listen, on YouTube Music. (The app is pre-installed on most new Android phones).
October 25, 2023:
    Total monthly active users reached 574mn (up 26% on the year). The company has 226mn paid subscribers (up 16%). By way of comparison, Google announced late last year that they had 80mn YouTube Music and Premium subscribers; and YouTube Shorts, alone, reach 2bn MAUs.
October 23, 2023:
    In terms of YouTube's analytics, you can see how popular the YouTube Music app is for listening to your podcast so far. In YouTube Studio, go to "Channel analytics", go for "Advanced Mode" (top right), and then under "More..." choose "YouTube Product". Our data for the last 28 days suggests YouTube Music is already bringing in 14% of the total time spent listening.
October 17, 2023:
October 16, 2023:
    YouTube appears to be rolling out limited access to its RSS ingest service to some podcasters (we've heard it is visible to some people in the US and the UK). Invitations appear in YouTube Studio for podcast playlists. YouTube's Help Center has some detail on it. Podcast shows ingested in this way are visible globally on YouTube and within the YouTube Music app in selected countries.
October 10, 2023:
    Podcasts are launching on YouTube Music in the UK today, the second-largest podcast market in the world. We're told there will be a podcasts destination page within the YouTube Music app (normally pre-installed on all modern Android phones). The company also reaffirmed that "Later this year, we'll offer support for creators to directly submit their RSS feeds to YouTube to distribute their audio podcasts." YouTube UK Lead Alison Lomax said: "We’re thrilled to be launching podcasts in the UK on YouTube Music. Podcasts have soared in popularity in recent years among all age groups, particularly Gen Z users, and there is clearly an appetite for this longer–form audio visual content."
October 4, 2023:
September 27, 2023:
September 20, 2023:
    Podcasts are now available via search in the YouTube Music app in many more countries. A search for Podnews Daily now finds our podcast in - according to our searches - Australia, New Zealand, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, South Korea, Singapore and Thailand (and, perhaps, other countries too) - along with the US, Canada and Latin America, who've had it for a while. It looks like this. We're not yet seeing podcasts appear in search results in Europe or the Middle East; though the search box correctly auto-completes "Podnews Daily".
September 5, 2023:
August 23, 2023:
    Within the YouTube Music app, podcasts are currently available in the US, Canada and Latin America, and are on track to complete a global rollout by the end of the year, including a podcast section on the website. The company is also planning additional analytics, and improved discovery and search for podcasts, especially for users who have engaged with podcast content.
July 20, 2023:
July 19, 2023:
    So - is YouTube Music rolling out podcasts worldwide? A YouTube spokesperson has told us that YouTube Music has begun to roll out podcasts to Canada and Brazil (but, for now, nowhere else). "Podcasts are currently only available to YouTube Music users in certain markets. Stay tuned for updates about when podcasts will launch in YouTube Music in your region."
July 17, 2023:
    Is YouTube Music rolling out podcasts internationally, as claimed on Friday? In Australia we see podcasts promoted in the search box (but not actually available in search); Podnews readers in Canada, New Zealand and the UK aren't seeing podcasts. We asked Google early Friday, but they didn't respond. We've asked again for you.
July 14, 2023:
May 23, 2023:
    As to whether YouTube's integration into YouTube Music is working? He shares the statistics for the Bandrew Says podcast: 20,426 views on YouTube, and just 1 on YouTube Music. "I am pretty sure that one view is me making sure the show was actually working in YouTube Music … This is worse than my than my worst expectation of this."
May 8, 2023:
May 1, 2023:
    To check how your podcast looks in YouTube Music, you can either a) download the app or b) visit the website. If you're outside the US, a VPN will do the trick: ProtonVPN is trustworthy and has a free tier. (Remember: you'll need to upload your show separately to YouTube, as a video file - or use a service like Headliner.)
April 28, 2023:
April 26, 2023:
April 10, 2023:
April 3, 2023:
    Tip: Since podcasts are available globally on the main YouTube app, you're best saying "Listen to our podcast on YouTube" rather than specifically mentioning YouTube Music: podcasts in there are only available in the US.
March 27, 2023:
March 20, 2023:
March 16, 2023:
    9to5Google has spotted upcoming code in the YouTube Music app for podcasts. The data indicates that podcasts will appear in your library tab; and the search function in the app will search podcasts as well. You'll also be able to add episodes to your playback queue. YouTube Music gets podcasts in the US only later this year.
February 27, 2023:
    YouTube podcasts: The Hollywood Reporter was present at the Hot Pod Summit last week, and the YouTube Music announcement. So was Axios, who said the mood was upbeat. Bandrew Scott calls the announcement confusing, asking how the "ad-funded background listening" is going to work for podcasters. In emails to Podnews, "I only think this will work if the podcasts are available both on YouTube and YouTube Music simultaneously. I’m not sure if that was clarified." says Anthony Frasier. (Our podcast playlist appears visible on YouTube too). "Upsetting it is US only at the moment," says a Canadian reader (echoing our thoughts); "they are totally fumbling a massive opportunity".
February 24, 2023:
    YouTube Music is to add podcasts, and will support RSS uploads. See our full report, below.
February 21, 2023:

It isn't pulling from RSS at all. This means programmatic ads or any form of dynamic monetisation won't work; though we do know that YouTube is selling audio ads in some territories already for their YouTube Music product. You might expect them to share revenue with podcast creators in the same way they currently do with video producers (if you're large enough).

January 19, 2023:
    Opinion: We hope they don't confuse their audience by calling the feature "podcasts". Background playback is what YouTube Music calls it.
December 30, 2022:
    Podcast producer David Rosen releases a new album of instrumental music today, called More Content (YouTube Music|Spotify). In the Piecing It Together Podcast today - an album length commentary track featuring the songs from the new album, with Rosen recounting the stories behind the music.
November 17, 2022:
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December 14, 2020:
November 19, 2020:
    YouTube Music is launching audio ads, says Variety. The product replaced Google Play Music this month; while podcasts now live in Google Podcasts, monetisation for audio could be useful here, too.
August 5, 2020:
July 10, 2020:
    Americans are spending less time listening to YouTube, according to new data from Edison Research. 6% fewer Americans used it 'last week' according to the data. Joe Rogan comes off the platform in September. YouTube Music, the company's Spotify competitor, is likely to replace Google Play Music later this year: and hopefully Google Play Music Podcasts will stop being a thing.
May 20, 2020:
    His full show won't be on YouTube any more, though he will post clips. Possibly not that coincidentally, YouTube is readying a full launch of YouTube Music, a Spotify competitor.
May 13, 2020:
February 7, 2020:
September 30, 2019:
    YouTube Music is to be preinstalled on all new Android phones. This means that Google Play Music will no longer be, and gives a further reason to stop promoting the dormant service for podcast use. The (different) Google Podcasts player is pre-installed in all phones, but the app itself still doesn't, it seems, come as standard.
December 8, 2017:
    YouTube is planning to launch a paid music service in March, "according to people familiar with the matter". It already has one (YouTube Red); it had one (YouTube Music Key). Also, see Google's bewildering range of instant messaging services: Messenger, Duo, Allo, Hangouts, Google Chat, Google+ and Google Spaces.

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