Apple make over 100 changes to podcast categories
June 5, 2019 · 2.1 minutes to read
Apple announced a surprise re-organisation of podcast categories in an email sent to podcasters. No podcast hosting provider appear to have been consulted or informed about this change. There are over 70 new categories, and around 30 categories have been removed or renamed; we have a full comparison of the old, and new, categories.
- Apple also announced that “show and episode pages will display images of hosts and guests” for top shows in English later this year. No more details have been released about how this might work.
Our Editor has written his thoughts on this sudden Apple category re-organisation over on Medium.
Meanwhile, Apple is censoring podcasts within China. Unlike the rest of the world, Apple says “only shows from select partners are available in the Chinese Apple Podcasts store”, and there are reports that a number of shows have been removed from the service at a sensitive time for China.
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