The Pocket Casts podcast app is now free
September 18, 2019 · 4.7 minutes to read
- Pocket Casts, a popular podcast app, is now free on Android and iOS. The company has also launched a way of playing your own files within the app, and has launched Pocket Casts Plus, an optional subscription for additional features, the web player and desktop app. Pocket Casts was US$3.99;
if you bought the desktop/web app (a one-off $9 fee), you’ll get Plus free for three years. While positive about the mobile app, reaction on social media from those that bought the desktop app (which we imagine is a small minority of users) has been negative - noting that the previous $9 was clearly marked as “no monthly subscriptions” and would be payable “just once”. Owen Grover, the CEO of Pocket Casts, told Podnews that: “We will continue to monitor sentiment closely to ensure we get this right. All of this is new for us too and we appreciate the passion and loyalty of our users, many of whom have been with us for many years.”He’s speaking at OzPod on Thursday 3rd October in Melbourne VIC, Australia.
- Opinion: It’s the app we use, and is by far the best podcast experience on Android: so good, we bought it twice. It’s here for iOS, and here for Android; the iOS version is awaiting an update to be approved by Apple. Listen to us on Pocket Casts
UPDATE: within 24 hours, the company said that everyone who bought access to the desktop/web apps will get Pocket Casts Plus for life.
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