Podcasts Stories Yesterday

Apple’s podcast charts recently started displaying some odd results, with previously unknown real estate, business and fitness podcasts taking over the top spots previously occupied by genuinely popular ones like Serial.

Manipulation via click farms was immediately suspected, and a new analysis provides pretty conclusive evidence that this is the case. Worse, though, it shows that it is happening again, despite Apple’s intervention …

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Podcasts Stories September 28

An update to the popular iOS podcast app Overcast has added some cool new features. First up, and available to everyone, are additional Siri Shortcuts. One of these is particularly useful …

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Podcasts Stories September 19

To help aspiring and experienced podcasters grow their audiences and create more engaging shows, Apple has developed a toolkit of Marketing Best Practices for Apple Podcasts. The guidelines arrive alongside the release of watchOS 5, which includes an all-new Podcasts app.

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Podcasts Stories September 17

Overcast 5.0 is a major update to the podcast player for iPhone and iPad — and now Apple Watch. The Overcast update for iOS 12 and watchOS 5 includes a cleaner Now Playing screen, support for Siri Shortcuts, the return of the standalone Apple Watch app which is now greatly improved, and more.

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Podcasts Stories September 5

World record podcast Serial back with season 3 on September 20

Serial, a podcast spinoff from This American Life, became a surprise hit back in 2014. Telling the story of an apparent miscarriage of justice in a murder case, Serial topped the iTunes podcast rankings for several weeks …

Podcasts Stories August 31

Apple Watch has always been able to play music on its own — first by syncing with iPhone, then by standalone streaming — but podcast playback has been much harder to achieve. A few apps have helped reduce the friction, but official Apple Podcast support has been at the top of my wish list.

Starting with watchOS 5, currently in developer beta and likely released in September, Apple Watch Series 1 and higher will finally have its own Podcasts app. For podcast listeners, this update will make cellular connectivity even more compelling and make leaving your iPhone behind a bit easier.

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