A neat thing about this service is that once you search for a term, you can subscribe to that service by clicking the subscribe button next to the search term. Right now, however, this service is only for English-based audio series. You will generally be able to see the latest 10 or so episodes of your audio news magazine. At this time, you cannot get older shows.
While the advantage of a free service like this can be felt by many there are, however, some drawbacks to this service. First of all, it cannot be used with an IPhone, which means that a majority of the population will not have access to it.
Also, the selection is limited. You will be able to find many more matching episodes on ITunes and other such paid services. The streaming is inconsistent; oftentimes, the streaming will stop or be noisy. This can be very distracting if you’re in a car where you can’t fix the problem.
Another major drawback is that the RSS is hosted on Google Servers, it could take many hours before the requested podcast shows up in your Google Listen menu.
Overall, however, the service should be quite useful once the kinks are worked out. It’s free, which is a great plus, and Google promises to improve its offerings over time. Google has also said that they will start offering non-English programming in the future.