The Apple Podcasts service has now debuted paid subscriptions that enable listeners to support their favorite creators with monthly subscriptions, and it supports free trials as well.
After initially announcing new podcast subscriptions within the Apple Podcasts app, Apple delayed its launch soon after. At the time, the company didn't say when the new feature would launch to the public. But now we know.
Along with the launch of iOS 14.6 earlier this month, Apple was supposed to welcome subscriptions for podcasts.
But, it turns out there will be a bit of a delay before the feature actually goes live. As reported today by MacRumors, Apple has notified content creators that it is delaying the podcast subscription feature until sometime in June. The reason? Apple wants a good experience for everyone involved.
There has been a lot of talk about Apple pushing further into the podcast market, especially when it comes to exclusive shows. And while, so far, that has panned out in the form of Apple TV+-inspired content, it looks like it's going beyond that with the latest podcast pick up.
Among its barrage of other announcements today, Apple has revealed its plans for a new podcast subscription service. The name of it is—you guessed it—Apple Podcasts Subscriptions, and the company says it will be a 'global marketplace for listeners to discover premium subscriptions offered by their favorite creators.'
Apple is expected to unveil a new podcasts subscription service at its “Spring Loaded” special event taking place later today, and now a new report has alleged that Apple Podcasts creators participating in the company's new scheme will actually be directly compensated by listeners.
Apple has been predicted to announce a new paid subscription service for podcasts at its “Spring Loaded” special online-only event tomorrow, according to a well-connected reporter.
Apple Podcasts on the iPhone and iPad now uses artificial intelligence (AI) to automatically detect and display the release schedule for a particular show on its details page.
Way back in July of 2019, a rumor popped up that Apple was planning to launch its own original podcasts. And in May of last year, those rumors started to pick up steam, suggesting Apple was ramping up efforts to get the new podcasts off the ground.
The iPhone maker has teamed up with age-based content review service Common Sense Media to curate kids-focused narrative audio collections in the Apple Podcasts app.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS:Kid-approved content on Apple Podcasts. Collections are updated monthly. Currently a US-thing. Listening to podcasts with kids
Unlike rival Spotify and Amazon which split out children-approved content into separate apps, these shows will appear on the Apple Podcasts platform and within the Apple Podcasts apps.
The Verge has more:
The initial four themes focus on narrative storytelling, shows that kids themselves recommend, mysteries and dramas, and Common Sense’s all-time picks. Programming comes from Tinkercast, American Public Media, WNYC Studios, Rebel Girls, and Nickelodeon, among others, and Common Sense will provide age group recommendations.
The collections will be highlighted on Apple's website at apple.com/showsforkids.Common Sense Media Picks: All-time favorites that families are sure to find entertaining and informative. One More!: Mysterious tales and action-packed dramas that kids of all ages won't want to stop listening to. Kids Know Best: Popular shows for kids, selected by kids themselves. Story Time: Story-driven shows that transport kids into a world of imagination.
Suggestions regarding those shows should start appearing today in the main carousel within the Apple Podcasts tab. They’ll also be available via the Browse tab indefinitely.Apple and kids
Kid podcast creators have apparently experienced a boost in listeners at the start of the pandemic. For far too long, many parents have been using smartphone and tablet screens to entertain and occupy their children.
By contrast, listening to podcasts is more of a passive experience than interacting with apps or watching video. Most importantly, it doesn't mean exposing your kid to screens and the blue light which can disrupt their sleep and slow down cognitive development.
Apple also recently launched a new Apple for Kids section on its support website.
For a long while now, Apple has been the leader in podcast distribution. However, Spotify has been climbing that ladder, and that may lead to Apple being dethroned sooner rather than later.
For All Mankind, the alternate reality sci-fi series on Apple TV+, is set to premiere its second season soon. And Apple is going all-in on the promotion. In fact, this is the show that has seen the company launch its first Apple TV+ companion podcast.