Apple acquires Scout FM, an app that turned podcasts into radio stations
What you need to know
- Apple has acquired Scout FM.
- The startup turned podcast listening into a more traditional radio experience.
- The app has shut down on the App Store, Google Play Store, and Amazon after the acquisition.
Reported by Bloomberg, Apple has acquired Scout FM, a startup that turning your podcast listening into a more of a traditional radio experience.
The app reportedly determines the podcast episodes that are featured in your station using your listening history, preference selection, and artificial intelligence.
According to Bloomberg, a spokesperson for Apple did confirm that they did acquire the company, but would not comment further. Apple traditionally does not comment on these matters, just like its acquisitions of NextVR, Dark Sky, and others from earlier this year.
Apple has been ramping up its focus on podcasts. The company has plans to release podcasts that are tied in with their shows on Apple TV+.
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