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Windows Phone 8.1 will have a dedicated Bing podcast app

Podcasts didn’t receive too much love in Windows Phone 8. They took a backseat in the Xbox Music and Video hub and didn’t really get a whole lot of attention from Microsoft. That looks to be changing quite a bit with Windows Phone 8.1. A new Bing app will focus purely on podcasts. Here’s an early look at the app.

It looks like podcast support in Windows Phone will be quite a bit better in Windows Phone 8.1. The new app comes from the Bing team within Microsoft, not the Xbox team like it was in Windows Phone 8. We’ve seen a handful of excellent apps from the Bing team on both Windows Phone and Windows 8. Hopefully the podcast app will bring that level of polish once it’s released to consumers. We say that because right now the app isn’t much to look at, but it does have a handful of basic features you’d want in a podcasts app.

  • Variable playback speed
  • Favorites
  • Support for both audio and video podcasts
  • Bing search to find and add podcasts
  • Sharing support

Bing Podcast App

The biggest change (and one that will be most appreciated) is the ability to search for and add podcasts using Bing. Right now on Windows Phone 8 you need to go to the Windows Phone Store to find and add podcasts natively without using a third-party app. That’s nice, but it’s also the reason why non-US podcast listeners on Windows Phone need to rely on third-party apps. Now anyone can presumably just search and add their favorite podcasts or URL to get their favorite programs.

The app currently has a pivot-based interface the following views: now playing, favorites, collection, and get podcasts. It’s nice to see the ability to change up the playback speed. Useful when you’re using to really long episodes, but want to power through them. You can mark particular podcasts as favorites, view your collection, and search for more podcasts in the other parts of the app.

The app has a simple UI at the moment and isn’t anywhere near as pretty as other Bing apps like Weather, News or Travel (beta). Hopefully the team is just nailing down the functions first and will add the polish when this gets released to consumers.

Anyone else look forward to playing with podcasts in Window Phone 8.1? Be sure to check out the initial Windows Phone 8.1 SDK leak and a subsequent gallery of screenshots from Windows Phone 8.1.

Source: WinSuperSite

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dinod says:

Improvements are welcome, but PLEASE don't break it.

TheSnapDude says:

Don't worry this isn't iOS or Android :)

Binson#WP says:

Except they broke it going from Zune to XBOX music :P

natakur says:

Well, you don't value what you have until you loose it, right? The notion of doing smth via the PC was annoying and was critisized a lot, now there are a lot more we can do via the phone, but they made it more complicated with podcasts.

Matt Parker1 says:

Variable speed playback, yes, finally!!!!!  Now for the audiobook apps to take advantage of it...

wpn00b says:

My favorite feature for podcasts :). You get through so much more content. Perfect for breaks at work.

MethodGT says:

I'm just hoping there's a folder it reads from, so we can add our own audiobooks.

oldpueblo says:

Audiobook apps are literally the only reason I still have android devices in my house. Do it MS.

aggiefather says:

And the reason I'm still using an iphone3gs as a podcast aggregator/listening device!

Jakeway says:

Any idea of what play back speeds it supports?  I find x1.5 to be too fast but x1.25 is alright.

Looking good, cant wait. Being from the UK I havent had good postcast support for two years now. Nice since it was taken away in 7.5

 

I also hope that people can remove the app if they dont want it... right now there is a Help app you cant remove. I never use it nust it taking up space.

unnatixlr8 says:

You can only remove those apps which have been installed from the Store. So if it's a store app then we would be able to delete it otherwise no.

jargonz says:

I also would love the ability to speed up podcast playback. In one podcast I listen to, the podcaster just talks way too slowly.

Dadstar0410 says:

I keep seeing new Bing apps from Windows 8.1 show themselves in the emulator SDK, but I haven't seen Reading List :-( is this actually coming to WP8.1? That was the whole idea behind the Reading List, was it not?

thaman04 says:

I'm sure it's coming soon.

ebradley says:

I certainly do hope reading list comes to wp8.1

blackhawk556 says:

I hope it doesn't look this plain and boring once it's released.

Denis Padua says:

I love this design, it's very simple, like a wp.

More than simple, I would say it is basic.

Tips_y says:

No, I don't think the design is basic at all. But I think it is simple. So I agree with him and disagree with you. Unless of course you're talking of the features being basic then you're talking of a totally diferent thing altogether.

Gemmol says:

i missed the delivery from the post man or women, but on the paper it say Nokia, just wanted to give the heads up that the keyboard came, i will pick it up tomorrow and take pictures

falcon304 says:

Will it actually download and delete podcasts I'm subscribed to? Because that is BEYOND broken in WP8.

poddie says:

Never had a problem here... other than no way to manually check for new episodes. I would like to be able to save specific individual episodes. For example, one podcast I like releases a new episode every day, and only keeps that one in the catalog. WP currently deletes the prior episode whether I got to listen to it or not.

falcon304 says:

Uh... you can totally tell Windows Phone to keep multiple episodes under the subscriptions settings. Also, you can manually check for and download new episodes. But the problem with that is the system doesn't consider those separate of the ones downloaded automatically, so they don't count towards the number you set and they won't auto delete. It's a total s*** show.

MediaCastleX says:

I always felt that had something to do with that storage issue, where it couldn't manage the temporary files for downloads, apps and related items..? =[

cdb033 says:

I've been waiting on this!

soutarm says:

It will be great to finally have native podcast support in WP8 in Australia. Still boggles my mind that we don't get podcasts while most of the rest of the world has support built in. That said, it does mean I get to use awesome apps like iPodcast.

FFugue says:

Same here in Canada. I don't understand why we don't have access to Podcasts...

hs k says:

Can anyone verify this? Do Indians get podcast support too?

Yes, podcasts are not supported in Brazil also. And it was one of my favorites features in WP7. 

tyrok says:

Awesome. Hopefully it will be much better. I absolutely hate when I have to find where I was in a podcast because it wasn't bookmarked properly. Sometimes I avoid doing things that stop audio playback or make it a point to hit play/pause/play/pause to force it to bookmark.

goldenpipes says:

I just hope it syncs across devices.

wpn00b says:

That would be amazing.

gar216 says:

It wouldn't we amazing, it would be a standard feature that was available at the start of WP that was left out of WP8. This is my single biggest gripe with WP. Here's hoping to it finally being fixed.

MethodGT says:

It might be, considering bing news has syncing (that said, hopefully they release this for Windows 8.1 along with the phone version).

Didier3001 says:

It would be great to have the same apps on Windows 8.1 and all our podcasts being synchronised accross devices.

groovejumper says:

I don't care what it looks like, doesn't make a difference while driving... Just happy that this isn't a US feature only!

navidee says:

Is it me or is 8.1 like going to be 100x more massive then when we got 7.5? Color me excited for April.

blackhawk556 says:

I seriously hope so. 7.5 was a big update.

DJCBS says:

They rushed out WP8. They ran out of time. That's why 8.1 is shaping to be so massive. It has everything they couldn't finish for WP8 plus the stuff from 8.1.
It would be smaller has they given more features in GDR1 and 2.

AriesDog says:

Who's heading up podcasts at Microsoft now that Rob Greenlee left?

willied says:

I wish I could just use Zune to sync podcasts so I could keep my Zune and phone synced up at the same spots...oh well...I can dream.

Bacchus1976 says:

If Bing owns these apps I think it's a reasonably safe bet that a Windws 8 version is coming to desktops sooner or later. If so that will make cloud syncing of playback across devices a bit of a no-brainer. Let's hope. 

 

CJ Thunder says:

Can we get this or a good one on W8 yet?

Authenticated podcast support?

MethodGT says:

What does that mean? Paid podcasts?

Mister Gore says:

This might be one of the things I'm most excited for in the update. Can't wait.

S_C_B says:

I'm ready to install a leak on my L920!

Posted via the WPC App for Android!

RaRa85 says:

This is welcomed news.

chriswong13 says:

Very happy to see that podcast support is not getting dropped altogether, as I'd suspected after seeing the Music and Video apps being separated...

poddie says:

I was worried for exactly the same thing!

maxknux says:

Finally, I get add Podcasts via URL. I was quite happy about that native podcast so far but there some podcast that I was missing.

wpn00b says:

What? I'm confused by this post.

Tips_y says:

Then just move on because it doen't concern you.

untitled007 says:

Im angry, dont sideload android apps to wp8!!!!!!

hs k says:

Wrong article dude.

FFugue says:

How do podcasts work now on WP8? I see a podcast section in the music app, but no way to find and download podcasts...

travisbrowny says:

You download podcasts from the store. I haven't had a problem with podcasts in 8.0. This is what it looks like: https://skydrive.live.com/redir?resid=3F0E8BC903BB6E00%217951

FFugue says:

Thanks for your reply! I don't have a podcast section in the store actually... Maybe it's because I live in Canada? I always wondered why there was a podcast section in the music app but not in the store...

MediaCastleX says:

Another way to do it perhaps is if you download a podcast from their site on a PC and transfer by plugging in your phone...don't see why that wouldn't work? ;)

How do you guys have 8.1 already?

NH3MAN says:

Need support for password protected podcasts for paid subscription podcasts. I miss Zune still in so many ways, like above and wireless sync across devices, but if they can get halfway decent podcast support I may get over it. Still can't believe they knowingly made the choice to take a huge step backwards when Zune functionality was one of the few things that shined above and was being copied by iTunes.

Kevin Rush says:

I agree.

The ZUNE PC software is still AMAZING. Microsoft should re-connect it to Windows Phone and incorporate it into their web solutions, just as they have with the Outlook PC software and Offices 365.

I still use the amazing ZUNE PC software on Windows 8.1.

Secret goodness. Check out all the features that still exist.

vinscg says:

It was about time they do something about podcasts!

txkimmers says:

Ok, now I am really excited. :D

bread15 says:

What about us podcasters? When I search for mine, it shows old info and an old logo. Will I be able to go to the Bing team to get that updated? I don't have this issue with Droid or iTunes.

MethodGT says:

That shouldn't be a problem with this new app, since the podcast doesn't have to come from the store. It can come directly from your link.

ejlee072006 says:

Oh yeah, I use to listen to a lot of podcast.. I lost my interest

Kevin Rush says:

How could you lose interest? There are podcasts on absolutely everything, and sometimes many of them. Just too busy?

snowmutt says:

With everyone here. Still on WP7, and I love podcasts. Stoked for the chance to see WP8 really run with this. Music and Podcasts are improving greatly and makes me feel I have done right in being patient!!

zikifer says:

Hopefully it will sync with your MS account, so if/when they make Bing Podcasts for Windows 8.1 your subscriptions and play state will follow you.

Kevin Rush says:

Yes. MS should be able to provide these great features. If the podcasts were stored in OneDrive and sync'ed and stored locally, then there would be the opportunity for other podcast app developers to connect. The competition would surely bring us the choice of great feature rich apps.

mbharat999 says:

Sign in and Xbox music and video services must be available in all regions.

mateole17 says:

I hope it has the ability to multitask while watching a video podcast and for the audio to continue to play in the background.

wtrmlnjuc says:

Why not just integrate a centralized place for all these apps in ... y'know...  a hub?

Exactly.

It's great that native podcast support is finally here.

But.

I'm not liking where this is headed. First video and music being seperated, that's almost ok But this,a seperate app for podcast, why not have it in the xbox musix hub?

Something that should be in this update is support for mp3 audiobooks. If a native audiobook app also should come thats four apps (video, music, podcast, audiobook) instead of one hub. That's not ok.

There should be more hubs not less. I don't want to scroll through four "pages" to start an app. Everything should be hubs like the picture, music and video and peoplehub but with more integrating in the hubs.

Every social media app should be able to show it's feeds in the people hub for example.

nmercy says:

Most likely they will act like iHeartRadio does with the current hub. This will have the advantage of being able to update the individual apps without the need for an OS update like the hub needs. So you'll get the best of both worlds.

Nakazul says:

All I needed was a simple player that synced and played flawlessly. Maybe its finally time for that now. What I'm saying is that current podcast players is all flawed in one way or another.
And as a note, Bring cast is the most annoying app I had to deal with.

MediaCastleX says:

Its weird that people had such a problem w/ podcasts on the phone? In Music/Video you go to the store, hit podcasts, search, select and subscribe...how hard is that? =[

natakur says:

Not hard when you live in the US have a Podcast section in the Store. We don't live there, so we don't have this section. So iPodcast is where its at at the moment.

vinscg says:

no podcast section in the store, in canada! no way to manually add them.

im using podcast lounge and/or podcast critter

byobg says:

Super easy!

Except that podcasts sometimes don't download until hours or days after they're available, which isn't what "subscription" generally implies.

Or that if you're outside the US, podcasts just don't work at all, because I guess the international copyright laws on free content are complicated.

Or that if the Store doesn't have the particular podcast you want, there's no way to get it.

But except for those tiny issues, the existing functionality is awesome!

luter_1 says:

Anything about making podcast playlists? Feel like this is a missing step yet.

neo_sank says:

Hey,is there any News about file manager??

ctafield says:

Really looking forward to this. Podcast support is utterly dreadful in WP8. Third party apps go some way, but most of them are flakey at best (Podcast Lounge was the only one that "sometimes" works for me. Bringcast took a massive nose dive at some point so I gave up on that). Yes, very much looking forward to this in 8.1 (podcasts and separate volume controls were my two biggest bug bears).

Definitely looking forward to this!

doubleodon says:

I found that the native WP8 podcast app was inordinately slow to find new podcasts.

Getting a Monday episode of TechNewsToday on Wednesday was not acceptable.

Podcast Lounge is superior.

Here's hoping that Microsoft finds a way to get back to a leadership position in these types of things, and stops being an "also ran".  

US only probably. I'll stick to iTunes Podcasts

jwinch2 says:

Overdue in my opinion.  Glad to see this happening. The native podcast for WP stinks, and can't find half of the ones I like to listen to.  The apps are OK, but often clunky and hard to use.  

AndyCalling says:

Just let our current podcast apps save to SD card and have done with it. Even if all they do is provide access to one single podcast and they'll have improved 100% over the current system, which provides precisely nil podcasts unless you are a US Windows Phone owner. As the US is exactly where Windows Phone users are not, in general, the MS approach has been impossible to understand. They have missed the podcast boat and it is pointless to try to catch up now. The other podcast apps are great, just take the chains off them and we don't need MS for podcasts any more. If they bring out a poor alternative app that can save to SD and keep the decent alternative apps crippled, I will not be surprised.

byobg says:

YES.  THIS.

 

That's my single biggest gripe overall with the Windows Phone.  If MS isn't going to give developers the tools to create a great app in ANY arena, then they're taking on the responsibility of writing that great app themselves.  Currently, only Microsoft could write a music app with gapless playback - and for three years now, they've chosen not to, which means that EVERY other platform (even BLACKBERRY, for G-d's sake) has a better music app than WP.

 

If "Bing Podcasts" is truly an "app," and not some new name for a "hub," then it shouldn't have any capabilities that any other app couldn't have.  Which would suggest either:  (best case) all apps in 8.1 can read/write to/from an SD card; or (worst case) none can, including this new podcasts app, which instantly becomes useless.

 

I'm encouraged by rumors that 8.1 allows installation of Store apps to SD cards - it would be silly to allow that but not allow them to store data there.  Fingers crossed.

Drehood says:

Very excited about this!!! Windows Phone 8.1 is sounding better and better each day, and I can't wait for it!

ryaoni says:

I can't wait to try this.

fredmarkle says:

This has been my major complaint since I got my 8x. I've been caring around my old android phone just to have a good podcast app with variable playback speed. Finally!

bmsrunner says:

FInally!  Variable playback speed is sorely needed.

jmagwp says:

I kinda dig the way it works now so I hope they don't fark it up.

AhmedEltawil says:

I really hope this won't just be available for the US. Canada is dire need for this...or maybe it's just me :)

JNate says:

Please tell me this has the option to [easily] add files to playing queue/playlist

CoryZ40 says:

Does anyone know how people are going to submit feeds Bing Podcasts?