Apple Launches Podcasts Subscriptions

Update: Apple has now announced that Apple Podcast Subscriptions for shows and channels is rolling out worldwide, showcasing a large number of new shows, groups of podcasts, and channels.

When listeners purchase a subscription to a show, they automatically follow the show and the page is updated with a Subscriber Edition label so it is clear that they have access to the premium experience. As listeners subscribe to more channels, the Listen Now tab expands with new rows to provide easy access to all subscription content. Listeners who subscribe to two or more channels will also see a My Channels row in the Listen Now tab.


As expected, Apple Podcasts has officially rolled out Apple Podcast Subscriptions, offering content creators and podcasters an opportunity to receive support through monthly subscriptions from their fans and listeners.

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Apple announced the new service during its April event and ultimately had planned to launch it soon after. The company, however, then decided to delay its launch to ensure that the "best experience" is being given. Now, listeners can decide to subscribe to a monthly subscription for their favorite show, and by doing so, receive an ad-free listening experience with bonus content.

All subscriptions made through the platform are subject to Apple's 30% commission rule, meaning creators only get 70% of the subscriptions that users pay. Additionally, if users subscribe to a podcast but wish to use a thrid party podcast client, the benefits of the purchase are not accessible. Apple Podcast Subscriptions also include the ability for podcast creators and users to create Channels, which are a collection of different shows on a single page.

Top Rated Comments

Westside guy Avatar
12 months ago
I can't see myself paying for a podcast - there's too much free content out there as it is! But, different strokes for different folks.
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
syklee26 Avatar
12 months ago
Who pays to listen to podcast?
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Ray2 Avatar
12 months ago
The only feature I find useful on the vast majority of podcasts is fast forward.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Khedron Avatar
12 months ago
Apple taking 30% to lock you into their app

Patreon charges 8% - 15% and the benefits are accessible from any device
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
contacos Avatar
12 months ago
Already overwhelmed by the amount of free content. Can’t imagine paying for it on top
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
vagos Avatar
12 months ago
This is a feature that benefits Apple more than the end user.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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