Apple has finally confirmed the launch of its own Podcast Subscription as of yesterday, June 15. This newest additional service will allow users subscription to individual podcasts and channels available. Here are the details of the company’s launch.
Initial Announcement from Apple
As previously reported by TechVisibility, Apple experienced delays with the launch of its own podcast subscriptions. The initial announcement about this service happened last April, indicating that Podcasts subscription launch will be in May. However, as the company explains, it is still working on some modifications for the service to be the best for its users. There are also some features not yet ready during the time of delay. But the good thing is that the company was able to follow its previous announcement.
What Can Users Expect?
As reported by CNET, the marketplace included in the service is available worldwide. You can also subscribe to shows from brands such as Luminary, Los Angeles Times, NPR, the Washington Post and CNN. Content creators also take part in this feature like Dave Chappelle, Beth Silvers and Sarah Stewart Holland. Aside from that, users can also discover and enjoy new content. With the latest release of this service, users get to unlock additional benefits such as ad-free listening and early access.
Apple’s vice president of Apple Music and Beats, Oliver Schusser explains that the company knows how listeners want a simple way to support the podcasts and the creators behind it. And this service is probably a way for them to make it possible.
And as a way to support your favorite creators, they get to set the price for the subscription of their podcasts starting at 50 cents a month. They also offer monthly or annual billing for more options.
How To Use It?
If you are one of those users who has been waiting for this launch, here is how to use it. To start, just simply download the Apple Podcasts App. You can then access the marketplace and all your purchased content. Your podcasts can also be played not only on your iPhone but also on various devices such as HomePod Mini and the Apple Watch.
Once you choose your mode of payment and start subscribing, all your shows of choice will be labeled as “Subscriber Edition”. Moreover, recommendations from that show will be shown in various tabs. After subscribing to two or more channels, you will then see an additional row labeled “My Channels” in the Listen Now tab. This is where users get to see all of the podcasts they have subscribed to.
Additionally, you can share your favorite podcasts channels to your friends and family using Messages, Mail, and other apps. Some of the shows you can subscribe to are the following:
- “Chameleon: High Rollers” with Trevor Aaronson, from Campside Media (Season 2)
- “The Handoff” with Don Lemon and Chris Cuomo from CNN
- “The Midnight Miracle” with Talib Kweli, Yasiin Bey, and Dave Chappelle, from Luminary
- “To Live and Die in LA” with Neil Strauss, from Tenderfoot TV
This update from Apple is something that podcast listeners have been waiting for. In spite of the other news connected to the tech giant, like Apple employees pushing back to proposed hybrid work set up, this is an application that will greatly give more opportunities for content creators to share knowledge, educate, entertain, and inspire its listeners.