Yes, Google Play Music Podcasts is still a thing

:(

days since the launch of Google Podcasts, the company is still operating Google Play Music Podcasts, a competing but otherwise separate product.

Google Play Music Podcasts is only available in the US and Canada. It caches your podcast audio, and runs off a totally different database.

There is now a tool to transfer your podcast subscriptions over to Google Podcasts, and for publishers to transfer their podcasts to Google Podcasts Manager, which is awesome.

However, a search in Google for "Add my podcast to Google Podcasts" still returns a page that doesn't acknowledge the existence of Google Podcasts.

Every day, podcaster support groups are full of messages from confused podcasters who don't understand the difference: and don't understand why Google has more than one competing podcast app. Nor do we.

After over days of Google running two, competing, unconnected, podcast apps, it's time that Google Play Music Podcasts stopped being a thing altogether.