Apple first introduced the world to podcasts back in 2005 by adding a podcast directory into iTunes 4.9. It wasn’t until 2012 that they launched the Apple Podcasts app for iPhone.

Over the years, the app has taken on many designs as it mimicked the overall iOS design trends. Despite it not offering all the features of third party apps, it is reported to have the high market share of any podcast app. Despite having control of the market, Apple hasn’t done much to try to profit from it. From a technical side, the directory in Apple Podcasts is just a collection of RSS feeds. Spotify is one company aimed to growing its podcast market share at the expense of Apple Podcasts, so it remains to be seen what (if anything) Apple will do going forward.

9to5Mac hosts an hour long weekly Apple news podcast called 9to5Mac Happy Hour, a short updates podcast with episodes released throughout the week called 9to5Mac Daily, and a weekly tech news podcast from the perspective of developers called Stacktrace. All of them can be subscribed to inside of Apple Podcasts.

Other podcasts on our network include:

Apple Podcasts Stories November 30

After releasing the Apple Music Awards early this morning, Apple is now celebrating the best podcast shows of 2021. This year, Apple Podcasts Best of 2021 features shows and creators that “provided listeners with a powerful sense of connection in a challenging and uncertain time, curated by Apple Podcasts’ world-class editorial team.”

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Apple Podcasts Stories November 19

Earlier this year, Apple rolled out the ability to rate and review its own applications on the App Store, including built-in apps like Podcasts, Music, News, and Stocks. One thing that quickly became clear when this rolled out is that the Apple Podcasts is a polarizing app, with an average rating hovering around 2.0 stars.

This week, developer and App Store watchdog Kosta Eleftheriou spotted that the Apple Podcasts app had mysteriously jumped from a 1.8-star rating to 4.6 stars in just over a month’s time. Apple has since confirmed to The Verge that it is now prompting users to rate and review the Apple Podcasts application.

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Apple Podcasts Stories November 2

A new Apple Podcasts BBC partnership gives Americans and Canadians access to a range of new shows previously unavailable in either country. The shows are available on the BBC Studios channel, but you’ll need a paid subscription after a seven-day free trial.

Apple first introduced paid podcast channels in June after a slightly delayed rollout

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Apple Podcasts Stories October 27

After seeing a few reports earlier this year that Spotify was closing in on Apple Podcasts’ listenership, new data allegedly shows that Spotify has eclipsed Apple when it comes to US podcast listeners. If true, it looks like the shift may have happened as early as Q2 this year.

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Apple Podcasts Stories September 30

To celebrate International Podcast Day and the Apple Podcasts Subscriptions service, the company released the Top Subscriptions shows and Top Free Channels ever since the Podcasts subscription started three months ago.

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Apple Podcasts Stories September 21

Ever since Spotify introduced its own podcast platform, we’ve been seeing the Swedish streaming service surpass Apple Podcasts in some countries. Now, according to an analysis by eMarketer, Spotify is actually close to globally overtaking Apple Podcasts in number of users.

There are, however, some things to keep in mind with this report: subscriber-only channels and shows on Apple Podcasts don’t count towards RSS activity. eMarketer is also somewhat vague with its definition of “users” and doesn’t share clear methodology for some of its data.

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SiriusXM and Marvel Entertainment just launched Marvel Podcasts Unlimited, a premium audio entertainment subscription for Marvel fans worldwide, available to listeners in more than 170 countries exclusively via the new Marvel channel on Apple Podcasts.

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Apple Podcasts Stories September 20

iOS 15 adds personalized recommendations to ‘Listen Now’ tab in Podcasts

With the iOS 15 launch today, there’s plenty to be excited about. One of the things is new personalized recommendations in the Podcasts’ Listen Now tab.

Apple Podcasts Stories September 12

I’ve been listening to podcasts since 2004, and the industry has grown up a lot during that time in terms of variety, but also in production quality. While most people think of podcasts as non-fiction talk show style, but there is a fast-growing industry fictional storytelling that is rising to the level of being considered a “movie in your ears.” QCODE’s new show, Electric Easy, is quite possibly the highest level of audio production I’ve heard in my life, and it’s worth checking out.

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Apple Podcasts Stories August 19

Apple Podcasts affiliate program launches special offer for 100% bounty to boost paid subscriptions

Apple launched Podcast Subscriptions earlier this year as a way for podcasters to offer listeners perks with a monthly subscription. As part of the effort to get the latest Apple Service off the ground, Apple also runs an affiliate program that encourages podcasters to market their premium shows.

Apple Podcasts Stories August 18

Since Apple revamped its Podcasts app, podcasters have been complaining about bugs related to subscription-based episodes.

According to a report from The Verge, “podcasters say the platform has failed them in various ways.” They say Apple Podcasts Connect, for example, “has a confusing interface that often leads to user error scenarios “that have them pinging Apple at all hours of the day in a panic.”

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Apple Podcasts Stories July 11

Apple has long been the dominant player in the podcast market. However, while Apple Podcasts has evolved quite a bit since the “tape player” 1.0 version, it’s not perfect. Today, I want to look at the good, the bad, and the ugly of Apple Podcasts with a particular focus on how the app still struggles to sync across multiple devices.

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Apple Podcasts Stories June 17

Apple Podcasts Subscriptions and channels officially launched this week giving both creators and listeners more flexibility. While the two new features can work together, they can also function separately. Follow along for a look at how they work in iOS 14.6 and later.

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Apple Podcasts Stories May 28

Apple has announced in an email to podcasters today that it is delaying the launch of Apple Podcasts Subscriptions. The company had originally said this new platform for paid podcasts would launch in May, but it’s now delaying the rollout to allow it to make further tweaks to the Apple Podcasts application.

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Apple Podcasts Stories May 20

Ahead of the public launch of Apple Podcasts Subscriptions later this month, Apple has announced a new affiliate program for the platform. This affiliate program will pay out a 50% commission to the person who shared the link when a user converts to a paid subscription.

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Apple Podcasts Stories May 12

Spotify has inked another major deal to lock a popular podcast into its own ecosystem. Dax Shepard and Monica Padman’s hit show Armchair Expert, which currently sits near the top of the Apple Podcasts charts, will become a Spotify exclusive on July 1.

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Apple Podcasts Stories May 11

The new Apple Podcasts Subscriptions platform is expected to launch this month, and Apple continues to reach deals with high-profile studios. As reported by The Hollywood Reporter, the Wondery podcast studio, owned by Amazon, will offer its Wondery+ subscription service through Apple Podcasts.

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Apple Podcasts Stories May 2

Apple Podcasts is the AM to Apple Music’s FM. The two apps should be almost on par at all times, particularly now that the company is turning podcasts into an app that includes paid subscriptions. The app hasn’t always gotten the love it deserves, but that’s starting to change. There are lots of ways Apple could take the podcasts app to the next level as it enters into a new era. Here are some of my ideas…

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Apple Podcasts Stories April 19

Apple has so far dabbled with a small array of original podcasts, including the For All Mankind companion show and true crime series The Line.

However, rumors have persisted that Apple has bigger ambitions in this space as it looks to compete with the growing podcast libraries from the likes of Spotify. Today, Vox Media’s Peter Kafka says that he believes Apple will announce a new podcast subscription service on Tuesday, at Apple’s April ‘Spring Loaded’ event.

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Apple Podcasts Stories April 15

iOS 14.5 is bringing a variety of changes and enhancements to the Podcasts app on iPhone and iPad. With a recent server side change, the new Podcasts app displays the release schedule for a particular podcast on the show details page.

As shown in the screenshots, the episodic release period — such as weekly, monthly, or daily — is now shown alongside the podcast category and ratings summary inside of Apple Podcasts …

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Apple Podcasts Stories April 11

It’s been two years since Apple held its Services event to introduce Apple News+, Apple Arcade, Apple TV+, and Apple Card. Last September, the company announced the Apple One subscription, where you can bundle services and pay less for them.

With iOS 14.5 destined to arrive rather sooner than later, the company could be planning another addition to the One subscription: Podcasts+, here’s why:

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Apple Podcasts Stories April 7

If you ask Apple how many podcast shows there are out there, the official answer is “more than 2 million.” You’d find the same answer at Podcast Index, which actually puts it at closer to 2.5M shows. But a media company specializing in audio content says these numbers are misleading.

The reason? The total includes what Amplifi Media calls “one and done” shows – a lot of them …

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Apple Podcasts Stories March 15

With iOS 14.5, Apple continues to introduce some interesting changes to the interface of the Podcasts app. With iOS 14.5 beta 4 released today, Apple has more changes to the Podcasts app, including a new “Welcome” interface that promotes the “Smart Play Button.”

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Apple Podcasts Stories March 9

With iOS 14.5, Apple introduced some interesting changes to the interface of the Podcasts app, which had already been improved with the release of iOS 14 last year. However, one small change that users may not have noticed is that Apple is now replacing the word “subscribe” with “follow” for podcasts.

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