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May 3 · 5 min read

Facebook Shuts down its Podcast Feature After a Year

According to Techcrunch, "Facebook has been testing a feature that allows users to listen to podcasts directly in the Facebook app since 2019." However, it seems that the feature was not widely adopted by users and this is why Facebook decided to axe it.

Facebook Shuts down its Podcast Feature After a Year
Facebook silently shut down its podcast app.

If you've been wondering why you can't access the podcast feature on Facebook, it's because they silently shut it down last week.

According to Techcrunch, "Facebook has been testing a feature that allows users to listen to podcasts directly in the Facebook app since 2019." However, it seems that the feature was not widely adopted by users and this is why Facebook decided to axe it.

Instead of having the feature natively on Facebook, the company will now direct users to the podcast apps for iOS and Android if you click on a link.

When Did Facebook Launched Its Podcast Feature?

The feature was launched in 2019. It was available to users on both iOS and Android and they could create playlists of their favorite podcasts. Users could also use the Podcasts tab on the Facebook app to discover new shows.

However, the Podcast feature was not widely used, despite being integrated with many podcast apps like Spotify or Apple Podcasts.

You can't listen to podcasts without having access to the news feed as well, so if you wanted to use the feature you had to keep certain permissions for Facebook turned on.

Finally, it seems like Facebook didn’t push too hard for this feature either because there wasn’t a lot of promotion for it when it launched last year.

What's left of the podcast functionality is an analytics breakdown that shows a total number of podcast plays since May 1, 2019.

For now, the only thing left of the podcast functionality is an analytics breakdown that shows a total number of podcast plays since May 1, 2019. The page does not provide any information about individual podcasts or their titles. However, you can still download your podcast data by clicking “Export Data” on this page.

On the plus side, Facebook has not killed off its audio clips feature in which users can upload one-minute-long clips to their profiles and pages.

Facebook users will also no longer be able to share their podcast feeds on the platform either.

For the past year, Facebook users have been able to upload their podcasts to the platform via a tab on their page. However, Facebook has just announced that this feature will be discontinued.

While it was possible to upload and host your podcast on Facebook, the feature had several limitations. The uploaded podcasts were only available to the creator of them, and could not be shared with other users or downloaded directly from Facebook. The lack of any publicly accessible podcast files also made it difficult for users who wanted to submit their podcast feeds to third-party services like iTunes.

Now that this feature has been taken away, it is unclear as what options are available for Facebook users who want to host an audio file.

It seems Facebook has failed to provide any useful information to creators who used this feature.

Facebook has not provided much information about the status of the feature beyond a brief notification, and it is not clear if the shutdown will be permanent or temporary. Many creators have expressed their frustration with the podcasting feature in posts on their pages, including Podcaster Rachel Corbett, who posted after her feed was shut down: "I've built a loyal audience over 13 years as a podcaster and can't believe Facebook won't let me talk to them."