Google Listen has been discontinued

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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14 Comments

1. lft4ded

Posts: 12; Member since: Aug 14, 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?

2. ifrins

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 03, 2012

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

14. topper23

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 09, 2012

I couldn't get on with Hipcast so I moved to Listen Up - well worth a look IMHO: play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=codepimps

4. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

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

6. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

7. lft4ded

Posts: 12; Member since: Aug 14, 2011

Ask and you shall receive... Thanks!

3. Azzoth

Posts: 7; Member since: Jul 19, 2012

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

5. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 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.

8. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Damn, I liked google listen.....

9. cptbeatstix

Posts: 101; Member since: Jul 19, 2012

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

10. bambou51

Posts: 2; Member since: Aug 07, 2012

Podcast Addict will be available in English in a few weeks. Feel free to test it then https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bambuna.podcastaddict

11. PeteyPablo623

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 22, 2012

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

12. mpbroadhurst

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 05, 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)

13. bambou51

Posts: 2; Member since: Aug 07, 2012

Podcast Addict is now available in english, it's free with no ads. Give it a try ! https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bambuna.podcastaddict

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