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Apple Podcasts is an audio streaming service and media player application developed by Apple Inc. for playing podcasts. Apple began supporting podcasts with iTunes 4.9 released in June 2005 and launched its first standalone mobile app in 2012. The app was later pre-installed with iOS beginning October 2014. The Apple Podcasts directory features more than two million shows. Apple Podcasts is available on iOS, iPadOS, macOS, watchOS, tvOS, CarPlay, Microsoft Windows operating systems, and on Amazon Alexa devices. Wikipedia
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- Sep 19: iOS 17 has been released for iPhone and iPad. A free update, it includes significant changes for Apple Podcasts, unlocking episode art and a new Now Playing experience among other features. Episode art is already supported by Spotify, Pocket Casts and other large apps: you'll find it in our daily and weekly podcasts.
- Sep 4: The share of downloads from Apple Podcasts for shows hosted by Buzzsprout increased by over 2% in August.
- Aug 24: Apple Podcasts has quietly stopped adding hidden webpage code to tag podcasts with topics, which it started to do in late 2022. Dan Misener from Bumper spotted the change a few days ago.
- Aug 22: Apple launched enhanced analytics for paid subscriptions; until now, creators had to download spreadsheet data directly. Apple Podcasts also announced more Delegated Delivery partners to allow you to upload premium content directly to Apple Podcasts: Podbean is the first of those to go live today.
- Aug 21: Expect announcements later today from Apple Podcasts about new tools and services for creators.
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