What you need to know
- Apple just announced the rumored podcast subscriptions.
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Apple today announced a new Apple Podcasts app alongside a new Apple Podcasts subscription service that will give listeners perks like early access to podcast episodes and more.
As part of the new rollout of subscriptions, Apple is also launching a new Podcasts app to go with it. Users can look forward to new channels to make it easier than ever to find content from their favorite creators, while each show will have a new look in-app, complete with new artwork and more.
Apple says that the new feature will go live in a ton of countries next month, but so far we don't have pricing or exact availability. We'll be keeping our eyes peeled for when that kind of information is made available – hopefully later today. Apple does say that Podcasts subscription payments go directly to creators, so it's possible we can expect the people recording the podcasts to be the ones setting pricing.
Podcasters can sign up to be part of the Apple Podcasters Program and build their subscriptions from there, Apple said in a statement.
Apple has long been rumored to be working on a podcast subscription service, likely to be called Podcasts+. If that is indeed the new name, Apple isn't telling anyone just yet!
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