According to Peter Kafka of AllThingsD, and verified independently by my sources, podcasts in iOS 6 will have a dedicated app come this fall. Though the Podcast section is still present in desktop iTunes 10.6.3, released earlier this week, removing it from iOS 6 iTunes storefront indicates plans that a brand new Podcast app is in the works. Another tell-tale sign: at first run, the iTunes app tells you the iTunes U section has moved to a dedicated app, released back in January. Oh, Audiobooks too are MIA…

Kafka writes over at the Wall Street Journal-owned AllThingsD blog:

People familiar with Apple’s plans tell me that when its new iOS 6 software becomes widely available this fall, podcasts will have their own app, where users will be able to discover, download and play them on mobile devices.

Users who access iTunes via laptop and desktop machines will still find them in that version of iTunes, though.

AppAdvice was first to notice this change two days ago. As you can see in a comparison below of the iTunes Store storefront app in iOS 5 and iOS 6, the Podcast section indeed is now a goner.

In addition to pulling the Podcast section (podcasts debuted on the iTunes Store with iTunes 4.9 release in mid-2005), plus Audiobooks and iTunes U from the mobile iTunes app, it’s worth pointing out that last year’s release of iOS 5 broke up the iPod app into separate Video and Music programs.

And with iBooks also being a separate app, it’s increasingly looking that the company will break up iTunes media categories into separate apps.

Kafka speculates:

So the move to push podcasts completely into their own space may signal an effort to put iTunes on diet, something many Apple fans have asked for.

Whether or not the existing iTunes U app and rumored Audiobooks and Podcasts programs will ship with the iOS 6 operating system or be provided as optional downloads (as is the case with iBooks) remains to be seen.

We’ll find out in fall, when Apple promised to release iOS 6 to the public.

Would you rather prefer a ‘one app fits all’ approach to handling iTunes media in iOS 6?

  • jose castro

    wow seriously its about time lol… should of been in ios 4 or 5…

  • Seriously, don’t do that. I want audio and video in their own separate apps. The audio podcasts can stay in Music, and the Video ones go to the Videos app. Oh, well. If this happens, some jailbreak developer will fix it.

    • I agree with you. Some podcasts are songs so I put some podcasts in playlists. IOS 6 is just getting worse and worse

      • Oh, yes. Playlists could be some kind of a workaround, but not completely until a jailbreaker fixes it.

  • How are people going to listen to audiobooks and podcasts when synced up to their cars? My head unit allows me complete control of the iPod app when driving, removing the audiobook and podcasts from iPod is going to make them unplayable! This is a lunatic decision.

  • Roey Mishali

    It’s only logical that Podcasts can’t be inside the music app.

  • jose castro

    they need to get rid of ping such a worthless idea

  • MacSnider

    hu? I see the entry “Podcasts” in the on my device? oO

    • Solowalker

      I think they’re talking about the not They’re inferring that since no longer has Podcasts in it that there will be a separate app just for Podcasts. Like with iTunes U, if you wanted a Podcast you would not go to the iTunes app but to the Podcast app. But until the separate Podcast app gets added, your Podcasts will continue to live in Just looks like you won’t be able to find new ones right from your phone.

  • JerseyD

    if he’s in the music app in that screen on the right why does it have ‘TV Shows and a Movie’ tab on the bottom? I’m confused.

    edit: nvm. i now see this is the actual itunes app. I never buy music or movies from apple so didn’t know.

    • Solowalker

      It’s not the It’s And Apple has yet to say anything definitive about Ping’s future.

  • Loopthree

    I’d prefer a separate app for podcasts and audiobooks.
    But I thought that ping was getting the chop.

  • Loopthree

    Don’t you think your matter-of-fact headline is premature, seeing as you don’t actually know.

    • Wael Abdo

      you got that right, and still if it happens or not, its not that big thing to talk about, ipod splitted in video and music but everything is still the same, and then the itunes u, so if podcast followed, no biggy!!

  • As said above, you should really think about your article titles, since this is not official. Also, why would Apple remove Podcasts from iTunes if the general release is iOS 5.1.1.

    The other thing is that iOS 6 betas are covered by an NDA, IIRC, aren’t you breaking a contract by showing iOS 6 features and screenshots? Only features Apple has let the public know should be blogged about.

  • Creating a separate podcast app would be a terrible idea! Why can’t they just add any new features in the podcast tab? They already separated music and video for no apparent reason (thank goodness for Unified iPod for iOS 5). I prefer all-in-one. Besides, isn’t that Apple’s motto?

  • DilbertAsended

    It will need to be significantly better than Instacast.

  • Podcasts IS in iTunes on my iOS 6 device; I don’t understand all the speculation based on a single screenshot either!