Plex is one of the best media servers out there and in recent years the company has branched out into internet shows and podcasts. The company just told Good e-Reader that it is shutting down its podcast system on Friday. Additionally, they are also shutting down webcasts, the company said in a Publish on the Plex forum, though most of the content hosted by the section is still available to users elsewhere on the platform.
Plex launched its podcast system in 2018 and it hasn’t been widely adopted. Users have complained that the player is buggy and lacks many of the other features that standalone networks offer on their flagship apps. Plex never really invested a lot of development energy or power into fixing technical issues or improving quality of life. It’s like the whole podcast initiative has come to a standstill.
“As part of our ongoing efforts to ensure that we spend our time and energy in a way that best serves our amazing community of users, we have made the decision to end support for podcasts and shows. Web in Plex. We recognize that this decision will have a significant impact on many of you, and we apologize for any inconvenience it will cause. You may continue to access these features in Plex until Friday, April 15, 2022, when when they will no longer be available.
The company has not disclosed why it is shutting down podcasts and webcasts. It’s very likely that people just weren’t using them. If you listen to podcasts, there are certain ecosystems that have the vast majority of listeners. This includes Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Audible, and standalone apps like Podcast Addict or Radio Public.
Michael Kozlowski has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for twelve years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and The New York Times. He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.