4 Other Podcast Apps to Try Instead of Google Podcasts

These other options work just as well as, if not better than, Google Podcasts.

4 Other Podcast Apps to Try Instead of Google Podcasts

Many people have been using Google Podcasts since it started in 2018. But recently, Google has been giving more attention to YouTube Music. YouTube Music does everything Google Podcasts does and even lets you watch videos, which is pretty cool.

That's why Google is closing down Google Podcasts in late 2024. But don't worry, there are other good options out there. Let's take a quick look at some alternatives to Google Podcasts that you might like.

4. Audible


Audible is well-known for its audiobooks, but it also has a great selection of podcasts. Like other podcast apps, Audible has many exclusive shows. It also has helpful tools for keeping your audiobooks and podcasts organized.

Since Audible is part of Amazon, it works seamlessly with Amazon Echo. Audible has some free shows, but you'll need a subscription to access everything. Subscriptions start at $7.95 per month.

The website also has a special money system. You can use this online money to purchase TV shows and keep them forever.

Download: Audible for Android | iOS (Free, subscription available)

3. Apple Podcasts

Apple Podcasts

Apple Podcasts is known for its reliability and user-friendly experience. While it's mainly designed for Apple devices, you can still listen to Apple Podcasts on an Android device using some methods.

Apple Podcasts has a diverse selection of unique shows, and it works seamlessly with other Apple products like iPhones and iPads. This means you get personalized recommendations and support from Siri.

Unlike some other podcast platforms, Apple Podcasts doesn't have a standard monthly subscription. Instead, it offers a mix of free and paid shows, each with its own monthly fee.

Download: Apple Podcasts for iOS (Free, in-app purchases available)

2. Spotify


Spotify is a big name in the music and podcast world and a great alternative to Google Podcasts. Just like Google's platform, Spotify has an easy-to-use layout that makes it simple to manage and enjoy podcasts. You can also use Spotify's Podcast Charts to find new podcasts based on what's popular and what you've listened to before.

Spotify has some cool features, like making your playlists, and it offers lots of exclusive shows. The price starts at $10.99 a month for Spotify Premium, which lets you listen to podcasts and music without ads, even when you're not connected to the internet.

Download: Spotify for Android | iOS (Free, subscription available)

1. YouTube Music

YouTube Music

Google is going to start promoting YouTube Music as the main place to listen to music instead of Google Podcasts. This makes sense because Google owns YouTube, and YouTube Music has a lot of cool features that are kinda like Podcasts, like listening for free, getting suggestions based on what you like, and being able to keep listening while your phone is locked.

One really cool thing about YouTube Music is that you can switch between just listening to audio or watching videos for podcasts without any trouble. But there's one catch: it has ads. If you don't want ads interrupting your podcast time, you can subscribe to YouTube Music Premium for $10.99 a month, and then you'll have an ad-free experience.

Download: YouTube Music for Android | iOS (Free, subscription available)

Google Podcasts Closing Down Doesn't Mean the End of Podcasts

In general, podcasts are doing well, and there are still plenty of options even though Google Podcasts is going away. These four alternatives all have their own special features and can make up for the gap left by Google Podcasts.

If you're already using Google Podcasts and want a smooth transition, YouTube Music might be the best choice since they're from the same company. But if you're more into Apple stuff, think about switching to Apple Podcasts. Spotify is awesome if you like creating playlists, and if you're on a budget, Audible is the most wallet-friendly option.

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