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Google Listen has been discontinued

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Google Listen has been discontinued
We've known for a while now that Google doesn't really care too much about podcasts, and today we got another bit of evidence to prove it as the company has officially discontinued its lone podcast app, Google Listen, which had been mostly ignored anyway. Both the Zune Marketplace and iTunes are great repositories for podcasts, but unlike its competitors, Google doesn't really care to give users any sort of podcasts in its Play Store, and now won't even offer an official Google podcast app. 

Of course, that's perfectly fine. It's really about time that Google killed off the app, which had been born as a Google Labs project back in 2009. The app was always extremely barebones, and one of the best things about it was that it was free, which isn't really much of a separator in the Play Store. So, Google is pulling the plug, because there are plenty of alternatives in the Play Store. 

According to the release, the app will continue to function if you have it installed, but it has been removed from the Play Store, and as of November 1st, the search function will stop working. But, the good news is that because Listen always used Google Reader to save your podcast subscriptions, those will stick around, and you can save them whenever you'd like.

source: Google

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posted on 03 Aug 2012, 18:19

1. lft4ded (Posts: 12; Member since: 14 Aug 2011)

Ah damn. And I really enjoy this app. It was barebones, and had its quirks (such as not always showing up in the notification bar or stopping suddenly ;) ) but it was nice, straightforward, and it worked.

Any suggestions?

posted on 03 Aug 2012, 18:25

2. ifrins (Posts: 1; Member since: 03 Aug 2012)

Hi, I'd like to suggest Hipstacast (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com​.ifrins.hipstacast)

posted on 09 Nov 2012, 11:09

14. topper23 (Posts: 2; Member since: 09 Nov 2012)

I couldn't get on with Hipcast so I moved to Listen Up - well worth a look IMHO:


posted on 03 Aug 2012, 19:02 1

4. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2721; Member since: 26 May 2011)

I'll have an article up in a little bit with options for podcast apps.

posted on 03 Aug 2012, 21:30 1

6. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2721; Member since: 26 May 2011)


posted on 03 Aug 2012, 22:34 1

7. lft4ded (Posts: 12; Member since: 14 Aug 2011)

Ask and you shall receive...


posted on 03 Aug 2012, 18:52 1

3. Azzoth (Posts: 7; Member since: 19 Jul 2012)

If you are searching a new podcast app,
here is an Android Podcast apps ranking:
You can also rank you favorite ones.

posted on 03 Aug 2012, 19:15

5. downphoenix (Posts: 3165; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)

I never even knew they had a podcast app. I would have gave it a try if I knew they did. They must have really not cared about it.

posted on 03 Aug 2012, 23:26 1

8. BattleBrat (Posts: 1476; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)

Damn, I liked google listen.....

posted on 04 Aug 2012, 13:50

9. cptbeatstix (Posts: 101; Member since: 19 Jul 2012)

They really didn't even advertise for it. Just kind of tossed it in and said "Meh.".

posted on 07 Aug 2012, 15:19

10. bambou51 (Posts: 2; Member since: 07 Aug 2012)

Podcast Addict will be available in English in a few weeks. Feel free to test it then


posted on 22 Aug 2012, 23:43

11. PeteyPablo623 (Posts: 1; Member since: 22 Aug 2012)

Awe this sucks!!!! I really liked this app too!!! :-(

posted on 05 Sep 2012, 09:14

12. mpbroadhurst (Posts: 1; Member since: 05 Sep 2012)

That's a real shame. I think this is one of the better podcast options on Android at the moment. As much as I like Stitcher, I find there are some bugs in there that make it difficult to use at times and TuneIn has a long way to go for listening to podcasts (live radio is great on it though)

posted on 06 Sep 2012, 06:18

13. bambou51 (Posts: 2; Member since: 07 Aug 2012)

Podcast Addict is now available in english, it's free with no ads.

Give it a try !


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