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YouTube Music rolls out auto-downloads for podcasts

by Norman Scott

YouTube Music Introduces Auto-Download Feature for Podcasts

In a move that coincides with the impending shutdown of Google Podcasts, YouTube Music has introduced the ability to auto-download podcasts. This new feature allows users to automatically download the most recent episode of a podcast to their device for offline listening.

To enable this feature, users can visit the show page of their desired podcast and tap the new settings gear icon. This will reveal the “Save/d to library” option, which, when activated, will initiate the auto-download process. It’s worth noting that episodes that have been finished listening to are not automatically deleted, although it is unclear whether they will be deleted after a new episode is available or after a certain time period.

Currently, there is no auto-removal setting available, unlike other podcast clients such as Google Podcasts. The Google Podcasts app offers a “Remove completed episodes” preference, giving users the ability to choose when completed episodes are deleted, whether it’s after 24 hours, 7 days, 30 days, or 90 days. Additionally, the app also offers a “Remove unfinished episodes” control.

The auto-download feature in YouTube Music is show-specific and needs to be enabled individually for each show and device. Users can manage their downloads by going to the Library tab, selecting the Podcasts filter, and then accessing the Downloaded section, where they can toggle individual overflow menus to control their downloads.

The auto-download feature is available on version 6.21 of the YouTube Music app for both Android and iOS devices. However, many users are still eagerly waiting for the ability to subscribe to podcasts via RSS, which would allow YouTube Music to become a more straightforward podcast player that doesn’t require shows to first make and upload video versions. It is reported that Google is working on this feature, alongside an automated flow for podcast uploading.

Overall, the introduction of auto-download for podcasts in YouTube Music is a welcome addition for podcast enthusiasts who prefer to have episodes readily available for offline listening. As the app continues to evolve, it is hoped that more features, such as RSS subscriptions, will be introduced to enhance the overall podcast listening experience on YouTube Music.

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