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Get ready, podcast fans! Google Play Music Podcasts launch rumored on April 18

If you’re like most podcast fans, you’ve been waiting for Google to launch Play Music Podcasts for months. For Android users, it gets a little frustrating to have to use third-party websites or listen to podcasts through iTunes on your computer.

A leaked email from NPR was uncovered by Android Police, which reveals the network’s podcasts will finally be available through Google Play Music starting on April 18.

Related: How to download and listen to podcasts on Android or iOS

Of course, we won’t only see NPR’s podcasts on Play Music — the date will serve as a full blown launch for the long-awaited Google Play Music Podcasts.

“Google will launch podcasts on Android and other platforms next Monday, April 18, inside of Google Play Music, a streaming service similar to Apple Music,” says the email. “Please note: this information is embargoed and should not be shared or promoted externally until Monday.”

Google has been teasing a podcast feature in Play Music since way back in October, but in the months since then, we haven’t really been updated on the launch date. Some users did get the feature in February, but it seems as though this was simply a test rather than the beginning of a full launch. Google likely also used the time between its original announcement and now to let content creators sign up to the service.

Adding podcasts to Google Play Music will be extremely helpful for Android users who are podcast fans. Having all your audio-listening in one place means you don’t have to have multiple apps for different forms of media. Of course, if you’re using Spotify to listen to music, you’ve been able to also listen to podcasts for a while now. If, however, Google Play Music is your music listening choice, then you’ll soon be able to get rid of that unnecessary podcast app on your phone.

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