We launched Google Listen through Google Labs in August 2009, to give people a way to discover and listen to podcasts. However, with Google Play, people now have access to a wider variety of podcast apps, so we’ve discontinued Listen.
I never thought Listen was very good but this cancellation is why more and more I avoid Google’s non-core products. They are turning into Yahoo like this. I’m tired of putting effort into products by these large corporations, that only stand a tiny chance of being maintained.
It’s another step in moving away from generic one-size-fits-all mass-production and towards custom products that are optimal for you.