Apple Confirms That Podcasts Subscriptions Launch Is Delayed
Apple has just announced that the its Podcasts Subscriptions service will be delayed by at least June in order to provide an optimal experience to those who use the service to publish their content and those who consume it.
Talk about Apple launching a new premium subscription tier to Podcasts has been live for a while now with some reports having suggested that the service would’ve been live by now after Apple announced the service at its April event last month.
However, Twitter user @jaytorres has shared a screenshot of an email that Apple has been sending content creators on Podcasts.
We’re writing to provide an update on the availability of Apple Podcasts Subscriptions and channels. We’ve been delighted by the response to last month’s announcement and it’s exciting to see the hundreds of new subscriptions and channels submitted from creators across the globe every day.
To ensure we are delivering the best experience for creators and listeners, Apple Podcasts Subscriptions and channels will now launch in June. We will communicate further updates on availability, and best practices to help you prepare your subscriptions and channels, through this newsletter.
Over the last few weeks, some creators have experienced delays in the availability of their content and access to Apple Podcasts Connect. We’ve addressed these disruptions and encourage creators experiencing any issues to contact us.
We’ve also heard from listeners and made adjustments based on their feedback with iOS 14.6, which was released on Monday. We will introduce additional enhancements to Library in the coming weeks.
The service once launched, will feature ad-free content, exclusive content and much more. iOS 14.6 already supports the new service, but the Podcasts revamp has been met with less than ideal user satisfaction. The email sent out though confirms that Apple has reconsidered, and is looking to improve on what the service finally delivers.