YouTube kicks off its podcast push with an Explore page

YouTube’s interest in podcasts seems to go beyond paying creators to make videos. 9to5Google Notes YouTube has quietly launched a podcast explorer page. Only some people can access it on desktop or mobile, but those who can see popular channels, episodes, and playlists, as well as categories and recommended shows. Currently, you’ll see standard video thumbnails and playback controls even if you’re a YouTube Premium subscriber who typically sees listening-oriented options.

We reached out to YouTube for comment. The Explore page appears to have gone online towards the end of July, but is only now becoming more widely available. It’s not clear what (if anything) will happen to Google Podcasts.

Explore page for YouTube Podcasts


While YouTube’s longer-term plans aren’t obvious, the new space suggests the Google brand is positioning itself as an alternative to big podcast clients like Apple Podcasts and Spotify. That would not be surprising then. YouTube already hosts numerous podcasts, especially those with video versions. The Explore page could draw more attention to these productions and encourage more podcasters to post their work on YouTube.

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