In an effort to address a number of concerns held by podcasters, Apple is said to have invited a small group of them to its Cupertino headquarters to discuss these issues. Invitees were reportedly able to discuss their concerns directly with Apple personnel.
From The New York Times:
Late last month, Apple brought seven leading podcast professionals to the company's campus in Cupertino, Calif., to air their case to a room full of employees, according to two people who were there. The people would speak only on the condition of anonymity because they had signed nondisclosure agreements. The company made no promises, the people said, but several pressing issues for podcasters were discussed in frank terms.
There were a number of topics said to be up for discussion, including listener data and monetization.