What you need to know
- Apple has added an annual subscription option to Apple Podcasts Subscriptions.
- Listeners can now choose an annual subscription over a monthly subscription if they wish.
- Existing monthly subscribers can also switch to an annual plan if the podcaster offers it.
Podcasters now have more ways to offer their listeners a subscription to their show on Apple Podcasts.
Today, Apple announced that it is adding annual subscription plans to Apple Podcasts Subscriptions. With the addition, podcasters will now be able to offer their listeners an annual subscription option alongisde the existing monthly subscription option in the Apple Podcasts app.
Apple says that the annual subscription option will be selected by default when a listener brings up the plan picker and will also show how much they will save if the podcaster makes the annual option less than the monthly plan over the course of a year. Listeners who are already subscribed to a podcast monthly can also switch to the annual option if they prefer.
In addition to the annual subscription option, users can now set up more preferences on how automatic downloads of podcast episodes are handled on their devices. Apple says that users can now have their device only keep the most recent three episodes or those from the last fourteen days. They can also choose to keep all episodes or no episodes downloaded on their device.
Apple is only bringing podcast episode removal recommendations to the iPhone Storage section of the Settings app and the Downloaded section of the Apple Podcasts app.
All of these features will be available for Apple Podcasts users across the iPhone, iPad, and Mac with iOS 15.5, iPadOS 15.5, and macOS Monterey 12.4.
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Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.