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Apple to Launch Standalone Podcast App with iOS 6

Earlier this week, AppAdvice noted that three categories of content had disappeared from the iTunes app in iOS 6: Podcasts, Audiobooks, and iTunes U. Apple launched a dedicated iTunes U app earlier this year, but the fate of the other content types in iOS 6 remained unclear.

AllThingsD now reports that Apple will also be launching a standalone app for podcasts in iOS 6, giving them greater visibility while simplifying the iTunes app that has become home to an increasingly large number of content categories.
So why have podcasts disappeared from the new version of iTunes that Apple started showing to developers this week?

Because Apple plans on giving the recordings their own bit of digital turf.

People familiar with Apple’s plans tell me that when its new iOS 6 software becomes widely available this fall, podcasts will have their own app, where users will be able to discover, download and play them on mobile devices. Users who access iTunes via laptop and desktop machines will still find them in that version of iTunes, though.
Podcasts are one of the longest-tenured media types on Apple's portable devices, having been available through the iTunes Store since the release of iTunes 4.9 in mid-2005.

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89 months ago
Cool. Being stuffed into the 'more' tab is never a great way to treat a feature if you want people to care about it.
Rating: 19 Votes
89 months ago

Still doesn't look any better than Downcast, so I think I will be sticking with that.

You're not looking at tr Podcasts app, but the removal of podcast support in the iOS6 music app.
Rating: 17 Votes
89 months ago
Rating: 16 Votes
89 months ago
Hopefully the new app will be completely independent from iTunes as far as downloading and syncing with other devices. Obviously should still sync with iTunes for backlog of podcasts...
Rating: 11 Votes
89 months ago
Cool. Love listening to podcasts.
Rating: 10 Votes
89 months ago
Hopefully this is a sign of a complete shift in mentality in terms of the iTunes model and they eventually move to blow up that behemoth too.
Rating: 10 Votes
89 months ago
I like this!
Podcasts never really fitted in with iTunes, because they're free and like radio shows. I hope the new app is designed with streaming and subscriptions in mind, that'd be very nice
Rating: 9 Votes
89 months ago
Apple should do the exact same thing on the Mac, get rid of iTunes and make separate apps including built in stores for Music, Podcasts, Videos and bring iBooks to the Mac.

It makes more sense on a user experience standpoint as it would be consolidating the apps like on iOS.

It also makes no sense to keep the standard iTunes App in iOS, they could just build the iTunes store into the Music App.
Rating: 7 Votes
89 months ago
Subscriptions please!

My number one requested feature would be to notify me when a new podcast is available. Then have the podcast just start playing when I open the podcast app via streaming. It's not a well documented feature that you can go to the iTunes store, click on the "preview" button, and have the whole podcast streamed to your phone. AT&T won't let you download the podcast when you're not connected to wi-fi. So stupid.

Notify me when a new episode appears.
Stream the episode.

That's very simple and it's what podcasts in iOS should have been doing for years.
Rating: 6 Votes
89 months ago

Maybe keep iTunes as it is on Windows, most die hard Apple fans have a Mac anyway.

The VAAAAST majority of iPhone users have Windows.
Rating: 6 Votes

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