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Apple Launches 'For All Mankind' Companion Podcast

Monday February 15, 2021 9:26 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 9:49 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 9:15 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 9:41 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 4:31 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 6:16 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 1:05 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 11:27 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 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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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." ...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...