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Apple's Podcasts app is available on the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, Apple TV, and Apple Watch, providing access to millions of free podcasts that can be streamed or downloaded for offline playback, with personalized recommendations based on your listening habits.

Launching in May 2021, Apple Podcast Subscriptions will allow users to subscribe to podcasts to receive perks, such as an ad-free listening experience, early access to episodes, and exclusive episodes. Pricing will start as low as 49 cents per month.

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iOS 17.4: Using Apple's New Podcast Transcript Feature

Wednesday March 6, 2024 1:40 am PST by
In iOS 17.4, which is now available, Apple has added audio transcripts to the Podcasts app for iPhone, meaning you can now read along to your favorite podcasts as they are spoken. In iOS 17.4, Apple has added support for auto-generated transcripts in its Podcasts app, offering users another way to enjoy podcast content rather than simply listening to what is being said. (To update your...

How to Remove Episodes From 'Up Next' in the Apple Podcasts App

Tuesday April 4, 2023 5:09 pm PDT by
In March 2023, Apple made changes to the Up Next section of its Podcasts app for iPhone and iPad, including adding the ability to remove episodes from the queue. Keep reading to learn what's different and how to access the new features. In iOS 16.4 and iPadOS 16.4, Apple improved the way the Up Next queue works in the Podcasts app, by including episodes you may have saved to your Library and ...

How to Limit the Number of Podcasts Stored on Your iPhone or iPad

Tuesday May 17, 2022 2:08 pm PDT by
In iOS 15.5, Apple added an option that lets iPhone and iPad users automatically limit the number of episodes stored on their device. This article explains how it works. Downloading podcasts to your iPhone or iPad is a great way to ensure that you have something interesting to listen to on your commute or on your travels, regardless of whether you have a Wi-Fi or cellular connection....

iOS 14.5: How to Automatically Download New Podcast Episodes and Follow Shows

Tuesday April 27, 2021 5:21 pm PDT by
In iOS 14.5, Apple has made some notable changes to its native Podcasts app. Some of these changes reflect the fact that Apple announced an optional paid podcast subscription service (beginning May 2021), while others are interface improvements to make it easier to find, follow, and listen to new episodes. One example of these changes is the new Smart play button, which is designed to help...

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Everything New in the iOS 15 Apple Podcasts App

Friday September 24, 2021 8:45 am PDT by
The Podcasts app gets a number of improvements in Apple's recently released iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 updates, including the new, systemwide Shared with You feature, personalized recommendations, new keyboard shortcuts, and more. This guide walks through all of the main new features and improvements added in the ‌iOS 15‌ and iPadOS 15 Apple Podcasts app, in what makes for a modest update for...

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Report: Apple Podcasts Favors Shows With Subscriptions

Tuesday April 2, 2024 4:13 am PDT by
Apple favors podcasts in its "Browse" tab that participate in its subscriptions program, according to Semafor. To be featured at the top of Apple Podcasts' Browse tab, creators simply have to submit a form to Apple, but the report noted that, last week, five of the first seven shows in the "Browse" carousel in the ‌Apple Podcasts‌ app were participants in ‌Apple Podcasts‌ Subscriptions....
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'The Joe Rogan Experience' Returns to Apple Podcasts After 3-Year Hiatus

Friday February 9, 2024 2:22 am PST by
Following a three-year absence, the hugely popular and controversial podcast The Joe Rogan Experience is back on Apple Podcasts after Spotify gave up exclusivity as part of a multiyear deal renewal with Rogan. (Image credit: POWERFULJRE/YOUTUBE) In a post on X (formerly Twitter), Rogan on Thursday said that "the podcast is now officially back on @apple. We should be back on @youtube with full ...
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Apple Podcasts App Arriving on Tesla Vehicles Next Week

Friday December 8, 2023 1:58 am PST by
The Apple Podcasts app is set to arrive on Tesla vehicles with the company's 2023 Holiday Update that rolls out next week. Tesla Model S, 3, X, Y, and Cybertruck owners in almost 50 countries and regions will receive the app via a free, over-the-air software update. A Premium Connectivity subscription is required to stream ‌Apple Podcasts‌ over a cellular connection. Following the update, ...
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Apple Podcasts Announces 'Wiser Than Me With Julia Louis-Dreyfus' as 2023 Show of the Year

Tuesday December 5, 2023 4:00 am PST by
Apple Podcasts today named "Wiser Than Me with Julia Louis-Dreyfus" as its Show of the Year for 2023. The annual award recognizes a podcast for its exceptional quality, innovation, and influence within the podcasting industry. "Wiser Than Me" debuted in April 2023 and has since garnered acclaim for its distinctive approach featuring interviews with notable women such as Jane Fonda and Carol...
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Apple Reveals Most Popular Podcasts of 2023

Tuesday November 28, 2023 4:00 am PST by
Apple today shared the most popular podcasts of 2023, with year-end charts available in the Browse tab of the Podcasts app through the end of the year. The charts include the top podcasts overall, the top new podcasts that debuted this year, the most followed podcasts, the most shared podcasts and episodes, and more. A sample of the most popular podcasts of 2023 in the U.S., according to...
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Amazon Alexa Now Supports Apple Podcasts in Over 40 Countries

Thursday October 19, 2023 12:57 pm PDT by
Alexa now natively supports Apple Podcasts on Amazon Echo and Amazon Fire TV devices in over 40 countries following the latest expansion of this integration. Apple Podcasts for Alexa is now available in Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Denmark, Ecuador, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan,...
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Spotify Using AI to Translate Podcasters' Original Voices to Additional Languages

Tuesday September 26, 2023 1:42 pm PDT by
Spotify this week announced an AI translation feature for podcasters that could give it an edge over Apple's podcasting platform. Voice Translation for podcasts uses artificial intelligence to translate podcasts into additional languages using the original podcaster's voice. While Spotify developed the tool, it is using OpenAI's latest voice generation technology. It learns the original...
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Apple Music Radio Shows and More Now Available in Apple Podcasts App

Tuesday September 26, 2023 2:52 am PDT by
Apple Music subscribers can now stream shows from Apple's original radio catalog via the Apple Podcasts app, fulfilling a new services pledge made by the company earlier this year. The new Podcasts app integration means eligible subscribers can delve into ‌Apple Music‌ original radio shows from the likes of ‌Apple Music‌ 1, ‌Apple Music‌ Hits, and ‌Apple Music‌ Country – as if they were...
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Apple Podcasts Launches New Subscription Analytics Dashboard

Monday August 21, 2023 9:00 am PDT by
Starting today, Apple Podcasts creators have access to a new Subscription Analytics dashboard that provides an overview of how their podcast subscriptions are performing. The free tool is available via the Apple Podcasts Connect website. On the Overview tab, creators can view how many listeners started a free trial, how many listeners are paid subscribers, the percentage of listeners who...
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Apple Podcasts App Updated With Enhanced Search Functionality

Tuesday June 20, 2023 8:30 am PDT by
Apple today announced it has enhanced the search functionality of its Podcasts app across the iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple TV by adding nine additional subcategories to the Search tab. This makes it easier to discover new shows across various genres and topics. The new subcategories:Mental Health Relationships Self-Improvement Personal Journals Entrepreneurship Documentary Parenting Bo...
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Here's What's New in the iOS 17 Podcasts App

Thursday June 8, 2023 1:34 am PDT by
Apple in iOS 17 has revised several elements of its stock apps, including the Podcasts app. There are a few noteworthy changes to the functionality and design of the app with the update, as detailed below. The biggest change is a slick new design for the Now Playing screen, which allows the podcast's full show page art – or any episode chapter images – to take over the entire screen. ...
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iOS 16.4 Includes New Apple Podcasts App Features Across iPhone and CarPlay

Monday March 27, 2023 12:28 pm PDT by
iOS 16.4, iPadOS 16.4, and macOS 13.3 were released today with several new features for Apple's Podcasts app across the iPhone, iPad, Mac, and CarPlay. First, a new Channels menu in the Podcasts app provides a list of podcast channels all in one place on the iPhone, iPad, and Mac. A channel allows a creator or brand to list all of their podcasts in one place for listeners to easily discover. ...
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Apple Shares Most Popular Podcasts of 2022

Monday December 5, 2022 9:24 am PST by
Apple today revealed the top podcast episodes, shows, channels, and subscriptions that listeners engaged with in the Podcasts app throughout 2022. Crime Junkie, The Daily, and Dateline NBC were the top three overall podcasts of 2022, and among new shows, The Deck, Fly on the Wall, and The Thing About Helen and Olga topped the charts. Shows with the most subscribers include Morbid, SmartLess, ...
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Apple Announces Winner of First-Ever Apple Podcasts Award

Tuesday November 29, 2022 5:31 am PST by
Apple today announced that Slate's narrative podcast series "Slow Burn" has won the first-ever Apple Podcasts Award for Show of the Year. Apple says the podcast won the award in recognition of its latest season "Roe v. Wade," in which Slate executive editor Susan Matthews explored the events leading up to the landmark Supreme Court decision in 1973. The four-part miniseries was released...
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Apple Podcast Subscriber Count Has Grown Over 300% Since June 2021

Monday August 29, 2022 4:13 pm PDT by
Apple's paid podcast subscription service has been seeing notable growth, increasing more than 300 percent since June 2021. The metric was shared today by an Apple spokesperson who spoke to Digiday about a new Dateline subscription podcast offering. More than 25 percent of the top 100 shows from the "Top Shows" chart offer a subscription option more than a year after subscriptions first...
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Apple Invests in Original Podcasts With the Potential to Adapt into TV+ Shows

Wednesday August 10, 2022 11:00 pm PDT by
Apple has stepped up its investment in original podcast content by signing an agreement with Pulitzer Prize-winning production company Futuro Studios, Bloomberg reports. The deal with Futuro Studios, maker of the criminal-justice series "Suave," stipulates that Apple will fund development and production of podcasts, and then have the first option to turn them into a film or TV show for its Ap...
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Apple Podcasts to Gain Downloaded Episode Controls, Annual Subscription Plans, and Hosting Partnerships

Monday May 16, 2022 8:30 am PDT by
Apple today announced several new features for the Podcasts app, including downloaded episode controls, annual subscription plans, partnerships with hosting platforms, and more (via TechCrunch). iOS 15.5, iPadOS 15.5, and macOS 12.4 will feature new tools to easily remove accumulated downloads and free up storage space. In the Settings app on iOS and iPadOS under Podcasts, users will be able ...
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Apple Podcast Creators Will Soon Be Able to Access Follower Metrics

Tuesday March 22, 2022 9:12 am PDT by
Apple today announced a Podcasts update for creators, introducing follower metrics and other features that are designed to help podcast makers track their audience and monetize their shows. Under the Analytics tab in Apple Podcasts Connect, creators will be able to view followers per show and track followers across shows. The interface will display new followers gained over the last week,...
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Apple Celebrates Best Podcasts of 2021

Tuesday November 30, 2021 4:34 am PST by
Apple has today shared a press release celebrating the best and most popular podcasts of 2021, as curated by the Apple Podcasts editorial team. Apple named "A Slight Change of Plans" with Maya Shankar as "Best Show of the Year." The show combines storytelling with cognitive and behavioral science to help listeners navigate change in their lives, including real-world stories about change when ...
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New Apple Podcasts Rating Prompt Artificially Boosts App Store Score

Friday November 19, 2021 2:45 pm PST by
With the launch of iOS 15.1, Apple introduced a new prompt for the Podcasts app that asks customers to rate it, and as it turns out, confusion over what's being rated has led to an artificially inflated App Store rating for the Podcasts app. Prior to the October 25 launch of iOS 15.1, the Podcasts app had 1.8 stars and plenty of negative reviews from customers unhappy with the design of the...