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Podcasts on Google Play Music

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On today’s Tech Help for Churches, Podcasts on Google Play Music

Like most podcasters, I was excited to hear that Google Play Music was adding podcasts. When the email came that they’d officially launched, I didn’t investigate immediately because my podcasts are all in the podcasts iOS app.

However, after looking into it today (over a month after the launch), I was dismayed by what I found.

First, the page the email sent me to had one small line on it that mentioned podcasts, but tons of stuff all over it that talked about music and YouTube Red.

Once I did sign up, it took me to a page filled with the big players in podcasting, but very little from small, indie podcasts.

Having submitted my podcasts, I was sure that Google would make it easy to find with a simple search. Nope.

None of my shows showed up by title. The only way I found any was by searching for “church tech.” While I’m happy that I had 1/4 of the results, I’m sad that it’s because there were only eight (not eighty or eight hundred…8) church tech podcasts and I had two.

So, Google Play Music, you have a lot of work to do. A month out and it’s hard to find your podcasts and harder still to find a specific one. That’s disconcerting.

I can only hope that in the future podcasts on Google Play Music will be easier to find and not something you have to struggle to get.

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Paul Alan Clifford, M.Div.

Paul Alan Clifford, M.Div. has been a tech volunteer with Quest Community Church in Lexington, KY since 2000 and is the founder of TrinityDigitalMedia.com, llc. He became part of the technology in ministry team when his church’s attendance was around 200 in one Sunday service and has witnessed it’s growth to 5,200 average weekly attendance in one Saturday service, four Sunday services in one online and two physical campuses. He literally wrote the book on podcasting in churches, twitter in churches, & servant-hearted volunteering, as well as writing various articles for publications like “Church Production” and “Technologies for Worship” magazines.