On Friday, Plex will end support for podcasts, a feature added in 2018. Plex is also removing the dedicated Web Shows section, but most of that content will still appear elsewhere in the app.
Plex doesn’t explicitly say why it’s ending support for podcasts, only that it’s no longer worth the company’s time. “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,” reads the company’s announcement. “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 they will will no longer be available.
Fortunately, Plex provides users with instructions to download their podcast subscription list in OPML, which can then be imported into other players. But you have to be quick!
The removal of podcasts from Plex is odd at a time when the medium is exploding and goes against the company’s goal of being a one-stop-shop for all of your streaming media consumption. But like XDA Developers notes, Plex’s podcast support hasn’t evolved much since its introduction, and the Plex forums are full of unresolved complaints about buggy performance, as we saw at launch.