Apple Looking to Buy Exclusive Original Podcasts to Compete With Spotify and Promote Apple TV+

Apple is working on original podcasts that will be exclusive to the Podcasts app, and is searching for an executive to lead its podcast efforts, reports Bloomberg.

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Earlier this year, Bloomberg suggested Apple was developing original podcasts focused on TV shows and movies from its Apple TV+ streaming service, using the podcasts as a way to promote ‌Apple TV+‌, but it appears Apple is also planning to purchase original content.

Apple will focus on audio spinoffs of existing movies and programs on ‌Apple TV+‌, but is also seeking to purchase original programs that could potentially be adapted into future TV+ content. Apple is said to be searching for an executive to lead its original podcasting work. The new hire will report to Ben Cave, Apple's head of podcasting.

Apple is also said to have asked some producers working on podcasts to provide versions of their podcasts without advertisements, an effort separate from its work on original content.

Apple Music competitor Spotify has been focusing heavily on podcasts over the course of the last year, aiming to challenge Apple's dominance in the podcasting sphere. Apple's Podcasts app on iPhone, iPad, and Mac have long been the go-to listening choice for Apple customers.

Spotify has been working on original podcast content and has purchased several well-known podcasts. Spotify in February 2019, for example, purchased Gimlet Media, known for podcasts like "Reply All" and "Homecoming." Just this week, Spotify scored exclusive rights to popular podcast "The Joe Rogan Experience," which will see all of the podcasts made available exclusively through Spotify.

According to podcast producers that spoke to Bloomberg, Apple is just "dipping its toe" into original podcast content and has not yet made a massive leap into original podcast content like Spotify.

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Top Rated Comments

jameswilby Avatar
52 months ago
I said it on the recent JRE one and it extends to here... whatever the company, it doesn’t matter. I’m not sure I like this direction for podcasts as a whole

I can understand podcasts to accompany and exclusive show with that being the only topic... but otherwise. Please no
Score: 23 Votes (Like | Disagree)
CWallace Avatar
52 months ago
I'm not a fan of having to subscribe to a service to listen to a podcast, even if said service offers free tiers, as I enjoy being able to use only one "portal" (in my case, Overcast) to listen to everything I currently follow.

This goes as much for Apple as it does for Spotify and Luminary.

As an aside, I found Andrew Wilkinson's piece in Medium last September on how signing for an exclusive with Spotify or Luminary (and now, Apple?) could be a way to get "ripped off" interesting.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Westside guy Avatar
52 months ago
If I can’t get to it via an RSS feed then it’s not a podcast, dammit.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
JWiLL1988 Avatar
52 months ago
Should’ve done this BEFORE Joe Budden and Joe Rogan signed with Spotify.

Apple behind the ball again
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
russell_314 Avatar
52 months ago
This crap is bad for podcasting. The whole point of podcasting is it’s not exclusive and it doesn’t have some built-in advertising spam
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Spungoflex Avatar
52 months ago

I don't think Joe Rogan is the kinda content Apple wants to hitch their ride to.
Which is why Apple is destined to lose in the entertainment realm. Everything they produce or broadcast will need to be safe, bland, inoffensive, and ultra PC.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)