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Apple Worldwide Developers Conference 2019 Announcements

PRESS RELEASE — June 5, 2019

An email from Apple Podcasts:

Dear Podcast Provider,

To improve your experience with Apple Podcasts, we want to share the following information and updates announced at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference 2019.

Apple Podcasts for Mac
Apple Podcasts for Mac will launch this fall. Members of the Apple Developer Program can preview the new Apple Podcasts for Mac now. Apple Beta Software Program members will have access this summer.

Search Enhancements
Apple Podcasts will allow listeners to discover shows based on audio transcripts, topics, and people. Moreover, show and episode pages will display images of hosts and guests.

These features will first be available for selected top shows in English; more shows will be added later this year. Sign in to Podcasts Connect, if needed, to review the latest Terms of Service in order for your show to be eligible.

Apple Podcasts Categories
Later this summer we’re adding top-level categories such as Fiction, History, and True Crime — as well as dozens of new subcategories. See the updated list of supported categories in Podcasts Connect Help.

Podnews: we’ve compared the old and new categories in a separate article

Here are some scenarios to help you understand if you should consider updating your show’s category:

You can make changes to your show’s category now, and they’ll go live on Apple Podcasts later this summer. Contact your hosting provider for further support in implementing the updated Apple Podcast categories within your RSS feed.

Explore Resources and Help to stay up to date on the above developments.

The Apple Podcasts team

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