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Apple Podcasts Can Now Be Embedded on the Web

Monday November 16, 2020 10:57 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...

Apple Held Acquisition Talks With Podcast Network Wondery

Friday November 6, 2020 3:45 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...

Porsche Taycan Gains Apple Podcasts and Apple Music Time-Synced Lyrics

Thursday October 22, 2020 3:15 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 8:07 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...

Apple Watch Podcasts App Found to Falsely Inflate Listener Numbers

Monday August 31, 2020 8:29 am PDT by
The Apple Watch will no longer be counted in podcast listener numbers for Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) Tech Lab partners because it has been found to falsely inflate listener numbers. Currently, when a podcast is automatically downloaded by an Apple Watch user, it is counted as two listeners; one from the Apple Watch, and one from its paired iPhone. Since the Apple Watch and ‌iPhon...

Podcasts Coming to Amazon Music and Audible

Tuesday August 11, 2020 8:14 am PDT by
Amazon will add podcasts to its Amazon Music and Audible services, according to a confidential email obtained by The Desk. Amazon said in the email that it would soon allow Amazon Music and Audible users to subscribe, download, and stream free podcasts on the services. Podcasts will also be available to customers of Amazon Music's ad-supported free tier, in addition to its premium paid...

Apple Music Debuts New 'Interview Series' Podcast Hosted by Zane Lowe

Saturday May 30, 2020 10:11 am PDT by
Apple this week launched a new Apple Music podcast titled "The Zane Lowe Interview Series," featuring iconic artists such as Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, and Kanye West. The series is set to be home to interviews with popular artists, often coinciding with the launch of new albums. Artists will speak "about their lives and the stories behind their songs," in "candid, in depth conversations." ...

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

Thursday May 21, 2020 1:40 pm PDT by
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. 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...

Spotify Signs 'The Joe Rogan Experience' Podcast to Exclusive Multi-Year Deal

Wednesday May 20, 2020 4:27 am PDT by
Spotify has signed a deal to pluck comedian Joe Rogan's hugely popular podcast The Joe Rogan Experience from Apple's Podcasts library as part of a multi-year deal. (Image credit: POWERFULJRE/YOUTUBE) Spotify's deal with Rogan means that video and audio of each episode will be listed on Spotify from September 1, with an agreement to make the show exclusively available to Spotify subscribers...

Apple's Podcasts App Features Coronavirus and Stay-at-Home Content

Thursday March 19, 2020 3:05 pm PDT by
The coronavirus outbreak in the United States and many other countries around the world has left people in affected areas stuck inside their homes. With that in mind, Apple's Podcasts team has put together some useful content lists for those who want to stay informed about COVID-19, soothe themselves with meditation, or stay entertained. The "Coronavirus: Stay Informed" section of the...

Apple May Develop Original Podcasts Related to Apple TV+ Content

Tuesday January 21, 2020 12:34 pm PST by
Apple is considering creating original podcasts focused on TV shows and movies from its Apple TV+ streaming service, reports Bloomberg. The podcasts would be used to promote ‌Apple TV‌+ content. In the summer of 2019, Apple began asking podcast producers to pitch ideas for podcasts with connections to ‌Apple TV‌+ shows, and has since discussed making podcasts with the producers of some of...

Amazon Echo Devices Gain Support for Apple Podcasts

Friday December 13, 2019 8:20 am PST by
Apple Podcasts are now available on Alexa-enabled devices as of today. Amazon announced the news earlier this morning, confirming that Alexa device owners in the United States can now ask the smart assistant to play Apple Podcasts. Customers can link their Amazon accounts in the Alexa app to their Apple ID, and afterwards any progress they make on an Apple Podcast will be synced with their...

Apple Adds New Content Categories to its Podcasts App

Friday August 2, 2019 3:17 am PDT by
Apple has started rolling out new categories in its iOS Podcasts app to help improve the browsing experience and aid content discovery. Listeners can now scroll right along a horizontal strip of podcast categories, which appear in the Browse tab under a section labeled "Browse by Category." The classifications include Arts, Business, Comedy, Education, Fiction, Government, Health &...

Apple Plans to Start Funding Original Podcasts

Tuesday July 16, 2019 12:44 pm PDT by
Apple has a plan to start funding original podcasts in order to better compete with Spotify, according to a new report from Bloomberg. Apple executives have been reaching out to media companies to discuss exclusive buying rights for podcasts, which would be exclusive to Apple. While Apple has yet to outline a clear strategy for its plans, the company will be pursuing "the kind of deals it...

Apple's Podcasts Get Overhauled Web Interface With Web Playback

Wednesday April 10, 2019 4:11 pm PDT by
Apple recently redid the web interface for Podcasts, providing new podcast webpages with a streamlined design that's easier to navigate and built-in web playback. Each new page features a clear recap of each episode along with a "Play" button for playing an individual episode or all of the episodes in order directly from the web browser without the need to open up iTunes. Clicking on an...

macOS 10.15 Expected to Feature Standalone Music and Podcasts Apps and Redesigned Books App

Wednesday April 10, 2019 8:07 am PDT by
The next major release of macOS will feature standalone Music and Podcasts apps alongside Apple's promised TV app coming to the Mac this fall, according to 9to5Mac's Guilherme Rambo, who has discovered icons for the apps. Rambo says he has confirmed the plans with sources familiar with the matter. Image via 9to5Mac The report also claims that the existing Books app on Mac will be redesigned...

Spotify Focusing on Exclusives and Improved Discovery to Challenge Apple as Go-To Destination for Podcasts

Tuesday March 5, 2019 9:19 am PST by
In July 2017, reports surfaced that Spotify had set its sights on Apple Podcasts and was planning a strong push into the space with a vastly reimagined podcasts segment that would become the default podcast listening app for many users. Today, The Verge has detailed Spotify's ongoing plans to make the service a premium podcast destination. To start, Spotify intends to fix podcast discovery...

Apple Music, Apple Books, Apple Podcasts, and iTunes Gain New 'Best of 2018' Sections

Tuesday December 4, 2018 6:24 am PST by
This week, Apple shared a new press release that highlighted the best music, movies, television shows, podcasts, and books of 2018. With the announcement, Apple has now rolled out new sections in each service that highlight these pieces of media under an all-new "Best of 2018" category. Throughout 2018 we’ve been celebrating the creativity of app developers, musicians, writers and ...

Pandora Announces Personalized Podcast Curation With the 'Podcast Genome Project'

Tuesday November 13, 2018 8:07 am PST by
Following its acquisition by SiriusXM in September, Pandora today announced that it will begin offering specialized podcast curation under the Podcast Genome Project. Similar to its Music Genome Project, the PGP will launch in a public beta format and combine human curation with advanced machine learning to offer users specific podcast recommendations, "down to the episodic level." Pandora...

Spotify Continues Strong Push Into Podcasts With Addition of BBC's Podcast Library

Monday August 13, 2018 6:40 am PDT by
Spotify today announced that listeners across the globe can now tune into the BBC's podcast catalog directly within the Spotify app, including "hundreds of programs across thousands of episodes." In the announcement, the company focuses on podcast listeners in the United Kingdom, but it appears that BBC podcasts on Spotify are also appearing for users in the United States and elsewhere outside of ...