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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.
- Jul 25: Pocket Casts is adding star ratings to its popular podcast app. The ratings come from a variety of sources including rival app Apple Podcasts, and are treated with a proprietary algorithm: but you won't, yet, be able to add your own rating in the app.
- Jul 12: Pocket Casts formally announced its Wear OS app for smartwatches like the Samsung Galaxy watch range and the Google Pixel Watch. Now widely available for Pocket Casts Plus subscribers, it allows full playback, including speed control, silence skipping and volume boost: and (once you've downloaded a show) lets you leave your phone at home.
- Jun 29: The latest version of podcast app Pocket Casts for Android users adds a Wear OS app for watches. For Pocket Casts Plus subscribers, it allows full playback, including speed control, silence skipping and volume boost. A capable and fully-featured podcast app on your watch, we tested it while walking the dog: it works well.
- Jun 26: John W Gibbons has been appointed interim CEO for podcast hosting and monetisation company Libsyn. He's been with the company since January 2022, and was previously CEO of Pocket Casts. He takes over from Bradley Tirpak, who will continue to advise the company (and owns an amount of the company's private stock).
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