In a missive to content creators on the Apple Podcasts platform, Apple said that Podcasts Subscriptions, announced at the ‘Spring Loaded’ event and originally slated to launch this month, would now launch sometime in June — reports MacRumors.
The feature has been delayed in order to make sure the “best experience” is provided, to both creators and listeners on the platform.
“To ensure we are delivering the best experience for creators and listeners, Apple Podcasts Subscriptions and channels will now launch in June,” reads the message from Apple. The iPhone maker refrained from providing a specific date for the official launch of Podcasts Subscriptions.
After churning in the rumour mill for a good few months, a premium subscription service for creators on the Apple Podcasts platform that would provide access to exclusive content, ad-free listening, and other perks to those who pony up for it was finally announced in April.
The groundwork for Podcasts Subscriptions was laid in iOS 14.6, which is now available to download.
Apple made some major design changes to the Podcasts app with iOS 14.5 that gave rise to complaints of usability and users were not at all happy with. Apple did address many of the user base’s complaints with iOS 14.6, but today’s message to creators revealed that more improvements are coming.
“We’ve also heard from listeners and made adjustments based on their feedback with iOS 14.6, which was released on Monday. We will introduce additional enhancements to Library in the coming weeks.”