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You can now start listening to podcasts directly from Google search results

Game changer.

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Well, it’s live. After announcing it earlier this week at its annual I/O developer conference, you can now listen to podcasts directly from Google search results, and it works both on mobile and desktop browsers. Now, anytime you search for a podcast in Google Search, three recent episodes of the podcast you just searched for will be displayed with your results.

The web player is as basic as it gets. Honestly, you don’t need much for a podcast. You can skip forwards and backward and control the playback speed. That’s about it. Again, it’s a podcast – you don’t need much more than that.

bill burr podcast media player in google search

I gave it a quick test with Bill Burr’s Monday Morning Podcast, and it worked flawlessly. I was actually pretty impressed. I didn’t have to visit another page. I didn’t have to subscribe to anything nor was I attacked with annoying popups. And it was really quick. I was able to search for a podcast and listen to it in under 5 seconds. That’s wild.

Seriously, it makes me wonder why Google didn’t do this sooner. But hey, they did it, and that’s cool. We see you.

Do you plan on utilizing this for podcasts? How do they track listens? Have any thoughts on this? Let us know down below in the comments or carry the discussion over to our Twitter or Facebook.

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