Podcasts

Apple ‘Podcasts Subscriptions’ for Premium Podcasts Coming in May

[caption id="attachment_352030" align="aligncenter" width="980"] Image: Apple[/caption] In a move that has been widely rumoured ever since Apple acquired podcast publisher Wondery at the end of 2020, the iPhone maker has now unveiled 'Apple Podcasts Subscriptions' — a global marketplace where listeners can subscribe to their favorite creators and gain access to exclusive content from them. Podcasts...

Apple TV+ Announces ‘The Line’ Combination Podcast/TV Series Original

Apple TV+ has announced "The Line," its first combination podcast-TV series original. A new report from Variety explains that first project is a six-part narrative nonfiction podcast series hosted by Dan Taberski (Missing Richard Simmons, Running From COPS) that debuts today on Apple Podcasts and via RSS feed, which means it's accessible by every other podcast platform...

Apple Teams Up With Common Sense Media to Help Recommend Podcasts to Kids

Apple has teamed up with Common Sense Media to help recommend podcasts to kids. Dubbed the Kids & Family experience, the curated podcasts will feature recommendations by age group as well as thematic collections of new and popular shows across topics and formats from creators including Tinkercast, American Public Media, Gen-Z Media, Pinna, Tumble, Highlights,...

Apple Podcast Subscription Reportedly Coming, Sends Spotify Down 5%

According to The Information, Apple is planning a subscription service for podcasts. The report says Apple "is discussing launching a new subscription service that would charge people to listen to podcasts, according to people familiar with the matter." A podcast subscription service from Apple would rival the likes of Spotify, SiriusXM and Amazon, as the...

Apple Podcasts Can Now Be Embedded on the Web

Apple has added new functionality to allow individual podcasts to be embedded on the web for the first time. The company added the extra feature to its Apple Podcasts Marketing tools website, allowing anyone to find a podcast and get code to embed it on the web, reports TechCrunch. The embedded podcast player allows listeners...

Apple Podcasts Launch on Amazon Echo Devices and Fire TV in Canada

Apple Podcasts are now available on Amazon’s Echo devices and Fire TV in Canada. Amazon told iPhone in Canada its customers can now link their account in the Alexa app with their Apple ID and start listening to podcasts right away. Here's how to set up Apple Podcasts with the Alexa iOS app. Just tap...

Apple Confirms Purchase of Podcast Curation App Scout FM

Apple has purchased Scout FM, an app that makes it easy to find podcasts tailored to your tastes. Scout FM makes listening to podcasts more like tuning into radio stations, seeking to improve its service amid growing competition from Spotify, reads a new report from Bloomberg.  The company, headquartered in San Francisco, was founded in...

Apple Launches Eight-Part ‘Oprah’s Books Club’ Podcast

Oprah Winfrey's book club will soon get the audio treatment thanks to an exclusive deal with Apple Podcasts. A new report from The Hollywood Reporter explains that Apple has introduced a brand new podcast starring Oprah Winfrey. It’s called "Oprah's Book Club," taking full advantage of Winfrey’s long-running focus on promoting recently published books. However,...

Apple Podcasts Now Play on the Web, While TV and Movies Get Online Overhaul

Apple has updated the web interfaces of its iTunes links for Podcasts, TV and Movies. For Apple Podcasts, web links now allow episode playback on the web, meaning you don’t need to go through iTunes on a Mac or PC. URLs now read podcasts.apple.com, instead of the previous itunes.apple.com web address, reports 9to5Mac. The same...

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...