Apple has announced that it will launch podcast subscriptions globally on June 15, following a delay and glitches in the Podcast app.
Apple confirmed the launch of podcast subscriptions and channels in the app, which are podcast groups, in an email to podcast creators on Wednesday. That email was the first seen by The edge.
Apple originally announced podcast subscriptions on the app in April with a launch planned for May. However, on May 28, Apple informed podcasters that the launch of the premium subscription service would be delayed until June to ensure the “best experience for creators and listeners “. “
It’s unclear what caused the lag, but Apple Podcasts experienced a variety of bugs and glitches with the introduction of iOS 14.5. Those issues included missing episodes, missing show notes, and other issues.
Apple’s premium podcasting service is an effort to beef up its audio show offerings in the face of competition from rivals like Spotify. In April, after Apple announced subscriptions and channels, Spotify said it was introducing its own paid podcast service.
Although Apple’s podcasting platform remains the market leader, there are signs that Spotify may soon overtake it. Spotify has also managed to convince some popular shows, such as “Armchair Expert” and “The Joe Rogan Experience”, to become exclusive to its platform.
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