Apple to kill iTunes: why it makes no difference for podcasters
June 3, 2019 · 2.9 minutes to read
Apple has been widely reported over the weekend - and here in Podnews for the last few months - to be “killing iTunes”. This refers to the desktop app on Mac and Windows computers.
This is likely to be announced at WWDC, their developers’ conference, this week. So, what does this mean for podcasting? NOTHING: because you’re on Apple Podcasts, not iTunes. In fact, Apple mailed us back in February 2018 reminding us to always say “Apple Podcasts”, not “iTunes”.
The amount of listening on desktop is very small in comparison to mobile; but even so, it’s expected that Apple will announce a bespoke podcast app for MacOS to replace iTunes. Indeed, here’s the icon for it.
Wild speculation: Apple Podcasts went on the web in April this year, so you can now listen to this fine podcast via Apple Podcasts on an Android, Windows or Linux device. However, there’s no front page for this experience yet: it just returns an unusual error. Is it moving to the web fully this week, with a proper front page and a method of subscribing (which there’s room for)?
Wilder speculation: In the Apple Podcasts page code, there is mention of
requiresSubscriptionfor episodes, and
price:Free- is this a paid-subscription service, or just Apple using a modified version of the AudioObject schema? (It’s probably the latter - the iTunes API has always returned similar fields).
Our editor wrote Podcasting: What Apple Should Do Next in March, recommending Apple adds paid-subscription services, an Android app, and proper, robust APIs. He wonders how many of these ideas will materialise.
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