Apple Podcasts

New Apple Podcasts Features Encourage Podcasters to Offer Paid Subscriptions

In an attempt to encourage podcasters to start offering paid subscriptions to their listeners, Apple is rolling out a handful of new features for its Podcasts app, including the ability for podcasters to see how many people follow them on Apple Podcasts (via TechCrunch). Before today, Apple had not made follower counts visible to creators, even though the...

Apple Announces Picks for Best Podcasts of 2021

Apple has announced its own picks for the best podcasts of 2021. Each year, Apple recognizes "the best and most popular podcasts for their exceptional content, unique ability to engage audiences, and innovation in craft, spanning production, presentation, sound design, and more, that expand the definition of podcasting and deepen its impact on listeners worldwide."...

Apple Accused of ‘Manipulating’ App Store Ratings for the Podcasts App

According to The Verge, there's some shady business going on with App Store ratings and reviews for the Apple Podcasts app right now. Following mass dissatisfaction with Apple Podcasts among users, the app plunged to a 1.8-star rating on the App Store. However, the app has recently seen a sudden spike in five-star ratings starting November...

Apple’s Podcast Subscriptions are ‘Screwed Up’ Says Creator

[caption id="attachment_354805" align="aligncenter" width="639"] Image: Apple[/caption] "I make roughly half my income from the various shows that I host and produce," said Dan Moren, popular podcast creator and one half of the duo behind tech publication Six Colors, in a blog post. This is why Moren is so frustrated that "new podcast episodes sometimes don’t...

Facebook to Launch Podcast Publishing Platform on June 22

Facebook is launching its own podcast publishing platform, allowing content creators to link their show's RSS feed to Facebook. This comes at a time when Spotify and Apple are double downing on their own podcast platforms with additional support to podcasters. Emails from Facebook were sent to content creators of which had podcasts pages established...

Apple Podcasts Subscriptions Delayed to June

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...

Apple Podcasts App Now Highlights Coronavirus and Relaxing Content

Apple's Podcasts app has been updated to feature and highlight content regarding COVID-19. Podcasts that appear on the curated lists are from reputable sources and are aimed to inform and entertain listeners. According to a report from AppleInsider, a new section under the "Browse" menu finds a list dubbed "Coronavirus: Stay Informed" section. Within, you'll...

Apple Podcasts Blamed as Too Easy to Game with 1-Star Reviews

In a recent report, The Verge detailed various incidents where podcast listeners used the rating and comments system within Apple Podcasts to register protests. In one instance, a podcast host accuses a fellow podcaster of orchestrating a coordinated one-star-rating-attack against him. As the only major platform that allows public reviews and comments, Apple's Podcast app...

Apple Podcasts Now Catalogs Over 550,000 Different Active Shows

After announcing that its Podcasts app will be making an appearance on the Apple Watch's upcoming watchOS 5, Apple has shared some new milestone achievements regarding its podcast platform. According to a new report from TechCrunch, Apple's Podcasts application now catalogues over 18.5 million episodes across 550,000 active shows - a serious jump since Podcasts launched back...