You'll have to attend till June if you would like an Apple Podcasts subscription

Apple wants slightly extra time to prepared its premium podcasts service for would-be subscribers.

The Apple Podcasts subscription, revealed throughout the firm’s “4/20” occasion, was initially set to launch in Could. The subscription, which prices $19.99 per yr(opens in a brand new tab), might be out there “in additional than 170 international locations” and gives listeners ad-free podcasts, entry to bonus supplies, and “early or unique” entry to the community’s newest sequence.

All of these options must wait, although, as Apple has knowledgeable podcasters in an e mail(opens in a brand new tab), obtained by 9to5Mac, that the discharge plan has slipped out of Could. “To make sure we’re delivering the perfect expertise for creators and listeners, Apple Podcasts Subscriptions and channels will now launch in June,” the e-mail reads.

The observe factors to issues with the service that retains the Apple Podcasts app’s content material listings updated. It is apparently not working proper, which has led to delays in new podcast episodes and updates being listed.

Apple can be apparently planning on doing some extra work on the Podcasts app as an entire. “We’ve additionally heard from listeners and made changes based mostly on their suggestions with [the just-released] iOS 14.6,” the observe learn. “We are going to introduce extra enhancements to [the app’s] Library within the coming weeks.”

One criticism that is popped up for the reason that subscription possibility was introduced: The service is not terribly creator-friendly in its present type. As Mashable’s Matt Binder identified shortly after the reveal, Apple will not be passing subscriber data alongside to the creators on its service. The service successfully locations a wall between podcast creators and subscribers.

“Not accessing those that pay cash to subscribe means creators are lacking out on the flexibility to work together with their followers outdoors of the podcast itself,” Matt wrote in his April 21 op-ed. Which means creators may have a tougher time selling public appearances to followers, and gathering suggestions from present and departing listeners on what’s working and what is not.


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The wall additionally implies that podcasters are successfully locking themselves into the Apple ecosystem, very similar to the corporate’s {hardware} prospects. “If a podcaster indicators up for Apple’s podcast subscription service and develops an honest subscriber base, they’re locked into Apple’s system,” Matt wrote. “They don’t have any approach of reaching their fanbase, and creators will face shedding all these paid subscribers in the event that they have been to maneuver to a distinct subscription platform.”

The op-ed goes on to level out that Apple’s first massive step into the podcasting world is not all unhealthy. It stands to get podcasters paid — and Apple’s 30 % reduce will get sliced in half after one yr — and the internet hosting charge is an inexpensive $19.99 per yr. There’s additionally nothing stopping creators from distributing their podcasts without cost.

For now at the least, it appears like Apple’s focus is on ironing out technical points and addressing suggestions associated to the identical. Keep tuned for extra particulars on when Apple Podcasts subscriptions might be launching.

Originally posted 2021-05-29 15:19:24.