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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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Apple Investigating 'Problem' With Podcasts App That Began April 29 [Now Resolved]

Monday May 3, 2021 11:30 am PDT by
Apple's Podcasts platform is experiencing an "outage" for some users, according to the company's system status page. "Users are experiencing a problem with this service," wrote Apple. "We are investigating and will update the status as more information becomes available." Apple says the undisclosed problem began on April 29. Only some users are affected by the outage, according to Apple. ...
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Users Despair at Apple Podcasts App After iOS 14.5 Update

Thursday April 29, 2021 7:04 am PDT by
In spite of redesigning its Podcasts app with iOS 14.5, long-standing bugs within the app persist, and hundreds of reports from users across Twitter and Reddit are complaining about a range of new usability problems. Apple's iOS 14.5 update, accompanied by iPadOS 14.5 and macOS Big Sur 11.3 brought a major overhaul of the Podcasts app, including a new design, a re-thought system of...
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Spotify Set to Rival Apple Podcasts Subscriptions With New Service That Won't Charge Content Creators

Friday April 23, 2021 4:25 am PDT by
Apple this week announced a new subscription feature coming to the Podcasts app in May that will let podcast publishers sell subscriptions to an individual show or a group of shows, with pricing starting at 49 cents per month. Publishers will be able to set their own pricing, but Apple will reportedly take a 30% of subscription revenue that creators generate in their first year on the...
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Apple May Announce Podcasts Subscription Service at 'Spring Loaded' Event [Updated]

Monday April 19, 2021 5:26 am PDT by
Apple may announce a podcasts subscription service at its "Spring Loaded" event tomorrow, according to Vox's Peter Kafka and findings in the beta of iOS 14.5. Kafka remarked in a tweet, spotted by 9to5Mac, that he is "pretty sure Apple is prepping its own podcast plan - a paid subscription service - on Tuesday." MacRumors contributor Steve Moser has now said that Kafka's claim lines up with...
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Apple Podcasts Now Lists 2 Million Shows, But Almost Half of Those Titles Have Only Three or Fewer Episodes

Wednesday April 7, 2021 2:10 am PDT by
According to the latest podcast analytics, Apple's Podcasts platform recently surpassed 2 million titles, however almost a quarter of those shows have only published one episode, suggesting the numbers are inflated by so-called "once-and-done" podcasts. Breaking down the latest statistics provided by Podcast Industry Insights, industry advisor Amplifi Media found that 26% of listed podcasts...
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Apple Launches True Crime Podcast and Apple TV+ Series 'The Line'

Tuesday April 6, 2021 7:04 am PDT by
Apple has today announced the launch of a new true crime podcast and Apple TV+ show titled "The Line" (via Variety). The Line encompasses two independent non-fiction series about the same subject, including a six-part non-fiction podcast and a four-part limited documentary series on ‌Apple TV+‌. The multi-media series is set to expose "previously untold aspects" about the story of former...
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Apple Launching New 'Kids & Family' Experience in Podcasts App

Monday March 8, 2021 4:43 am PST by
Apple today announced it is launching a new Kids & Family experience in its Podcasts app, in partnership with Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization focused on age-appropriate content recommendations for families. The new Kids & Family experience will make it easier for parents to find podcasts suitable for kids of all ages, with recommendations by age group. Thematic collections of...
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Spotify Poised to Surpass Apple Podcasts in U.S. Listeners This Year

Tuesday March 2, 2021 10:14 am PST by
Spotify has been making inroads in the podcasting market over the course of the last few years, ramping up its original podcast offerings and making major acquisitions like Gimlet Media, Parcast, and Anchor, as well as scoring key deals such as the rights to the popular Joe Rogan Experience podcast. Spotify's efforts may be paying off, according to a new forecast shared today by eMarketer...
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Apple Launches 'For All Mankind' Companion Podcast

Monday February 15, 2021 8:26 am PST by
Apple today announced the upcoming launch of "For All Mankind: The Official Podcast," a podcast that will discuss popular Apple TV+ series "For All Mankind" as the second season resumes on February 19. Hosted by Krys Marshall, who plays Commander Danielle Poole, the podcast will feature space experts, former astronauts, and "For All Mankind" cast and creators.In For All Mankind: The Official ...
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Podcasts+ Could Be Apple's Next Subscription Service

Sunday February 7, 2021 8:49 am PST by
Apple is widely believed to be preparing to launch a new podcasts subscription service, according to a variety of reports. Apple already has a popular Podcasts app and maintains a podcast distribution service on its Mac and iOS platforms, but the company has attempted to monetize it to date. By creating a paid podcasting service, Apple could potentially lure podcast creators with the...
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New Apple Podcasts Spotlight Feature Highlights Rising Podcast Creators

Tuesday January 19, 2021 8:15 am PST by
Apple today announced the launch of Apple Podcasts Spotlight, a new monthly editorial feature that's designed to celebrate rising podcast creators. The first Podcasts Spotlight creator is Chelsea Devantez, who hosts Celebrity Book Club. In the weekly podcast, Chelsea is joined by co-hosts like Gabourey Sidibe, Ashley Nicole Black, and Lydia Popovic to discuss the memoirs of celebrities like...
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Apple Developing Podcast Subscription Service to Better Compete With Spotify

Friday January 15, 2021 8:41 am PST by
Apple is considering launching a new subscription service that would be focused on podcasts, according to unnamed sources that spoke to The Information. The service would charge people to listen to podcasts. By creating a paid podcasting service, Apple could potentially lure podcast creators with the promise of more money, stealing them away from other platforms like Spotify, SiriusXM, and...
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Apple Planning to Bring Music and Podcasts Apps to Microsoft Store

Thursday January 14, 2021 3:31 pm PST by
Apple is working to bring Music and Podcasts apps to the Microsoft Store, according to a report from 9to5Mac that cites unnamed sources. Apple is allegedly testing Music and Podcasts apps for Microsoft's platforms in a private beta capacity at this time. There is no word on whether the apps will be compatible with Windows PCs or if they are being developed for Microsoft's Xbox consoles....
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New Apple Services Could Include 'Podcasts+,' 'Stocks+,' and 'Mail+,' Analysts Predict

Friday January 8, 2021 5:16 am PST by
A range of new Apple services could include "Podcasts+," "Stocks+," and "Mail+," according to a new report by Loup Ventures analysts. Apple's subscription service products are increasingly important to its business model and is now almost the size of a Fortune 50 company by revenue, growing by 16 percent in 2020 to $53.7 billion. Loup Ventures highlights that Spotify accumulated 144...
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Amazon in Exclusive Talks to Buy Podcast Startup Wondery

Wednesday December 2, 2020 12:05 pm PST by
Amazon is in exclusive talks with podcast startup Wondery about a potential acquisition, reports The Wall Street Journal. Rumors earlier this month suggested that Wondery had also held talks with Apple and Sony Music Entertainment as it shopped for a buyer. Wondery is said to be looking for $300 to $400 million, and it is known for popular true crime podcasts that include "Dirty John," "Over ...
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Apple Shares Picks for Best Books, Audiobooks, and Podcasts in 2020

Tuesday December 1, 2020 10:27 am PST by
At the end of each year, Apple shares its picks for the best App Store apps, podcasts, Apple Music songs, books, and more, and today the company is highlighting the top books, audiobooks, and podcasts of 2020. Code Switch by NPR was named the Apple Podcasts: Show of the Year, which is a new category for 2020. Apple also highlighted the top 10 biggest shows of 2020, which include Stuff...
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Apple Podcasts Can Now Be Embedded on the Web

Monday November 16, 2020 9:57 am PST by
Starting today, Apple is making an Apple Podcasts web player that can be embedded on webpages available to everyone through the Apple Podcasts Marketing Tools website or through Apple Podcasts Preview pages. What the Apple Podcasts webpage embed looks like As TechCrunch points out, this tool will let creators, marketers, and podcast fans create embed codes for any of the podcasts that are...
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Apple Held Acquisition Talks With Podcast Network Wondery

Friday November 6, 2020 2:45 pm PST by
Apple has held talks with podcast network Wondery about a potential acquisition, reports Bloomberg. Wondery is responsible for popular podcasts that include "Dirty John" and "Dr. Death," among others. Wondery is looking for $300 to $400 million and has also held talks with Sony Music Entertainment and other companies, though Spotify is said to be "out of the running." At that price point, Blo...
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Porsche Taycan Gains Apple Podcasts and Apple Music Time-Synced Lyrics

Thursday October 22, 2020 2:15 am PDT by
In collaboration with Apple, Porsche is adding Apple Podcasts and Apple Music's time-synced lyrics to its all-electric Taycan. Last year, Porsche added Apple Music integration to the Taycan, allowing users to access Apple's music streaming service via the car's infotainment system without a smartphone connection. Now, Porsche is adding ‌Apple Music‌ time-synced lyrics appear on the...

Apple Launches 'Oprah's Book Club' Podcast

Tuesday September 8, 2020 7:07 am PDT by
Apple has today launched an official "Oprah's Book Club" podcast, to accompany the Apple TV+ series of the same name (via The Hollywood Reporter). Apple's ongoing partnership with Oprah Winfrey has now expanded into podcasting. Over a series of eight episodes, Oprah will discuss Isabel Wilkerson's book "Caste: The Origins of our Discontents." The non-fiction book, published at the start of...