UPDATE (2/3/2016) – In October of 2015, Google announced that they’d be adding Podcasts to Google Play Music. Great news! It looks as if they’re starting to slowly roll out this functionality–some users are reporting that they’re seeing the new Podcasts section in their app. I don’t see anything in my app yet, but when I do, I’ll be sure to write a review here.
UPDATE (4/15/2015) – Pocket Casts is my new favorite podcast player for Android.
UPDATE (8/26/2014) – Google Music still hasn’t added podcast support, and at this point I doubt they ever will. I’ve started using Podcast Addict to listen to podcasts exclusively on my Nexus 5, so I don’t need to sync podcasts and their playback status with another device or library. It even has Chromecast support.
UPDATE (8/9/2013) – Now that Google Music has become a subscription service, I’ve moved over to it exclusively for my music. So far, I’ve been very happy with the service–especially the seamless integration with the Chromecast at home. However, they still haven’t added native podcast support.
You can get the Chromecast at Amazon for $35. I highly recommend it.
UPDATE (9/4/2012) – Still no native podcast support in Google Music. This continues to be the best way for me to get podcasts into Google Music.
A few people have said that they don’t have the check box for including podcasts. To make sure this check box appears, you need to tell Google Music that you keep your music in iTunes (look for “Location of my music collection” on the Advanced tab). Once you’ve done that, you’ll see the option to upload podcasts.
ORIGINAL POST (1/4/2012):
I still think it’s only a matter of time before Google Music adds podcast subscriptions natively. But until that happens, I’ve found a solution to get podcasts into your Google Music account that uses iTunes as the podcast manager.
With Google Music, you can download the Music Manager, a small application that acts as the link between your computer and Google Music. With Music Manager, you can upload your current library (you specify the location) or download the music you’ve purchased through Google (someday I expect the ability to also download music you’ve uploaded). But iTunes podcasts aren’t included in that library upload by default.
Under the Advanced tab in Music Manager is a checkbox to ‘Include podcasts in uploads’. Check that box and now you’ve got your podcasts available in the cloud, accessible from the web and the Google Music app on your Android phone. If you leave both iTunes and Music Manager running in the background, new podcasts will be downloaded and uploaded without any supervision.
Also, make sure iTunes is selected as the location of your music collection:
Here are a few of my favorite podcasts: