YouTube launches a devoted podcasts homepage for U.S. customers – TechCrunch

Earlier this yr, experiences emerged that YouTube would quickly add a devoted podcasts homepage — a sign the corporate was getting extra severe about its investments in podcasts and the potential advert income they might ship. At present, YouTube confirmed to TechCrunch the brand new podcasts vacation spot is now dwell for U.S. customers, after the URL was found to be dwell forward of any formal announcement.

In keeping with a report by 9to5Google, the devoted podcast web page went dwell someday final month and is now linked, at the least for some customers, on YouTube’s current Discover web page alongside different high locations like Gaming, Sports activities, Studying, Style and others. It didn’t seem within the web site’s sidebar navigation, nevertheless.

Reached for remark, YouTube advised TechCrucnh the URL just isn’t globally obtainable at the moment.

“The podcast vacation spot web page on YouTube helps customers discover new and standard podcast episodes, reveals and Creators, in addition to suggest podcast content material,” stated YouTube spokesperson, Paul Pennigton. “It’s at the moment obtainable within the U.S. solely.”

YouTube declined to reply additional questions concerning the firm’s plans for podcasts typically or the vacation spot itself — hinting {that a} broader announcement was nonetheless to come back. (It’s attainable this will probably be one of many bulletins deliberate for a YouTube creator occasion scheduled for subsequent month, if we needed to guess.)

Earlier than at this time, there have been already a lot of hints that YouTube was getting extra severe about podcasts — significantly after Spotify entered the area with its assist for video podcasts.

Final yr, YouTube employed a podcast government, Kai Chuk, to guide its efforts within the area and has been providing money to standard podcasters to movie their reveals, experiences stated. This March, a website referred to as Podnews leaked an 84-page presentation that detailed YouTube’s podcast roadmap. Within the doc, YouTube revealed it had plans to pilot the function by ingesting RSS feeds. It additionally talked about a brand new URL, however the hyperlink didn’t work on the time.

The doc additionally assist to make clear a few of YouTube’s pondering round podcasts, because it prompt YouTube had plans to function audio advertisements bought by Google and different companions. This might current a possible new income stream for the tech big at a time when the youthful technology has shifted their search habits from Google to different platforms, like TikTok.  The doc stated YouTube deliberate to roll out audio-first metrics to creators and combine YouTube information into podcast measurement platforms together with Nielsen, Chartable and Podtrac, as properly.

The addition of a top-level touchdown web page for podcasts is a reasonably vital transfer for the corporate.

As completely different YouTube verticals have grown in significance and recognition, YouTube would spotlight these classes by providing them their very own homepages on its website and have them as a hyperlink in its most important navigation. Notably, it did this with YouTube Gaming again in 2015 and with YouTube Style (now Style & Magnificence) in 2019. On cell, it additionally encompasses a outstanding hyperlink to YouTube Music that opens the companion app for YouTube’s Music service. Presumably, it may do the identical with podcasts sooner or later, it it wished to capitalize on its potential to drive visitors from its flagship app to its streaming service.

YouTube’s advances in podcasting comply with vital investments on Spotify’s half into the medium. The corporate has spent greater than $1 billion on associated acquisitions. It introduced studios and unique reveals in-house, launched paid podcast subscriptions, and developed podcast advert tech platforms and companies. Spotify hyped the income potential for its podcast efforts this June, noting that its podcasting enterprise generated roughly €200 million final yr, up 300% from 2020.

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