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

Thursday March 19, 2020 2:05 pm PDT by Juli Clover
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 11:34 am PST by Juli Clover
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 7:20 am PST by Mitchel Broussard
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 2:17 am PDT by Tim Hardwick
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 11:44 am PDT by Juli Clover
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 3:11 pm PDT by Juli Clover
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 7:07 am PDT by Joe Rossignol
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 8:19 am PST by Mitchel Broussard
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 5:24 am PST by Mitchel Broussard
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 7:07 am PST by Mitchel Broussard
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 5:40 am PDT by Mitchel Broussard
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 ...

Apple Removes Five of Six Infowars Podcast Series From iTunes Directory

Monday August 6, 2018 3:58 am PDT by Tim Hardwick
Apple has removed the entire libraries of five Infowars podcasts from the Apple Podcasts platform, Buzzfeed News reported on Sunday. Among the podcasts removed from Apple's iTunes index are "War Room" and "The Alex Jones Show", hosted by the controversial U.S. radio host and conspiracy theory peddler. Infowars host Alex Jones A sixth show, "Real News With David Knight", was the only Infowa...

Apple Podcasts Tops 555,000 Different Active Shows

Tuesday June 5, 2018 3:54 pm PDT by Jordan Golson
Apple's Podcasts service now hosts more than 18.5 million episodes across 555,000 different "active" shows, according to a report from TechCrunch. The podcast stats, which appears to have been sent directly to TechCrunch by Apple, include other data as well. Apple's hosted podcasts come in more than 100 languages, from 155 countries. The podcast total is up from 525,000 back in April, and ...

Castro Podcasts Updates With Quicker AirPlay Controls, Cleaner Layout, Apple Watch App, and More

Tuesday May 22, 2018 6:56 am PDT by Mitchel Broussard
Podcast app "Castro" updated to version 3.0 this week, introducing a collection of notable additions like a rebuilt player engine, cleaner layout, Apple Watch app, and more. Developer Supertop Software says that Castro 3 is "much faster" when users start streaming a podcast and the app's controls are more responsive thanks to a simpler layout on the player screen. Users can now star the...

Apple Confirms HomePod's Supported Audio Sources in Tech Specs

Thursday February 1, 2018 5:26 am PST by Joe Rossignol
Apple today updated its HomePod tech specs page with a new Audio Sources section that lists all of the ways in which the speaker can stream audio, setting the record straight on some conflicting information. • Apple Music: HomePod users can ask Siri to play any of over 45 million songs available on Apple Music. A subscription is required. • iTunes Music: HomePod users can ask Siri to play ...

Apple Launches New Podcast Analytics Beta for Podcasters

Thursday December 14, 2017 12:36 pm PST by Juli Clover
Apple in June promised to introduce new analytics features for podcasters, providing in-episode analytics options for tracking people listening, where in a podcast listeners stop and skip content, whether ads are skipped, and how long people generally listen for. Starting today, Apple's podcast analytics feature is rolling out in a beta capacity, reports TechCrunch. In recent years,...

Apple Acquires Podcast Search Startup 'Pop Up Archive'

Tuesday December 5, 2017 6:19 am PST by Joe Rossignol
Apple has acquired podcast search startup Pop Up Archive, according to Harvard University's Nieman Lab via AppleInsider. Apple more or less confirmed the report by issuing its standard statement about acquisitions: "Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans." Pop Up Archive was an Oakland-based online platform focused...

Spotify 'Coming After' Apple With Strong Push Into Podcasts

Monday July 31, 2017 8:49 am PDT by Mitchel Broussard
Spotify is experimenting with a new podcast initiative that's said to be aimed at gaining ground on the current leader in the field, Apple, as a way to convince Spotify users on iOS to stick around in the Spotify app, and not migrate over to Apple Podcasts. As of now, the podcast initiative is described as a "test," with Spotify launching a few original podcasts and running promotions for the...

Overhauled Podcast App in iOS 11 to Bring Richer User Experience and Listener Analytics

Saturday June 10, 2017 2:25 am PDT by Tim Hardwick
In a Friday session at the Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple revealed some major updates to is native Podcasts app that will be coming in iOS 11. Some of the changes will affect podcast listeners, while others should make it easier for podcasters to learn more about their audience's listening habits. As mentioned at Apple's WWDC Keynote earlier this week, the Podcasts app is getting an...

Apple Rebrands iTunes Podcasts as 'Apple Podcasts'

Thursday April 13, 2017 8:03 am PDT by Mitchel Broussard
Apple today has rebranded iTunes Podcasts to be called "Apple Podcasts," and updated its marketing website for podcasters to learn how the new branding can help promote their shows. Apple Podcasts promo materials now include a new "Listen on Apple Podcasts" badge, while most of the pre-existing graphics standards and podcast identity guidelines remain unchanged. The rebranding also stretches...