Feeds

Google silences podcast app Listen, disbands Team tool

Web giant chucks more of its stuff overboard

Seven Steps to Software Security

Google has announced another cull of services it reckons won't be missed, including Google Listen.

Podcast finder and playback utility Google Listen is among software axed by the web advertising giant, as there are plenty of other podcast apps available in the company's online Play store.

"People now have access to a wider variety of podcast apps, so we've discontinued Listen," Max Ibel, director of engineering at Google, said in a blog post.

Listen users can get their existing subscriptions through the program, but they won't be able to use the app to find new stuff.

Two lots of business services are also getting the chop: Google Apps for Teams and Google Video for Business.

The teams app was introduced in 2008, and allowed people to collaboratively use Google Apps for editing work documents. Ibel said that the team software was "not as useful as we originally anticipated", so the firm will convert folks to personal Google accounts and get rid of the tool.

Video for Business let companies and schools upload videos for "internal communication". All those files are now going over to Google Drive, "which has similar storage and sharing capabilities".

The firm also said that it was going to cut down the number of blogs it used to talk about its products. The advertising behemoth has more than 150 Pravdas, and those that aren't used enough will be canned. Others will be slipped into existing websites.

This time last month Google was busy decommissioning iGoogle, its home-page personalisation thing. ®

Boost IT visibility and business value

More from The Register

next story
Airbus promises Wi-Fi – yay – and 3D movies (meh) in new A330
If the person in front reclines their seat, this could get interesting
BBC goes offline in MASSIVE COCKUP: Stephen Fry partly muzzled
Auntie tight-lipped as major outage rolls on
There's NOTHING on TV in Europe – American video DOMINATES
Even France's mega subsidies don't stop US content onslaught
UK Parliament rubber-stamps EMERGENCY data grab 'n' keep bill
Just 49 MPs oppose Drip's rushed timetable
Want to beat Verizon's slow Netflix? Get a VPN
Exec finds stream speed climbs when smuggled out
Samsung threatens to cut ties with supplier over child labour allegations
Vows to uphold 'zero tolerance' policy on underage workers
Dude, you're getting a Dell – with BITCOIN: IT giant slurps cryptocash
1. Buy PC with Bitcoin. 2. Mine more coins. 3. Goto step 1
prev story

Whitepapers

Top three mobile application threats
Prevent sensitive data leakage over insecure channels or stolen mobile devices.
The Essential Guide to IT Transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIO's automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise.
Mobile application security vulnerability report
The alarming realities regarding the sheer number of applications vulnerable to attack, and the most common and easily addressable vulnerability errors.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.