Apple Delays Launch Of Podcast Subscriptions

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan - January 21, 2019: Close up to Apple Podcasts app on the screen of an Ipad Pro with personalized background and female finger touch on the app
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Apple has announced to employees that their podcast subscription service, originally slated for rollout in May, will now be postponed.

It was announced via an email originally obtained by 9to5Mac

The email said, “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.”

Creators have had trouble using Apple Podcasts Connect since it was introduced, particularly with the Apple Podcasts Directory.

In the email, these issues are mentioned.

“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.”

When Apple initially launched podcast subscriptions, they wrote on their website that: “listeners in more than 170 countries and regions can sign up for premium subscriptions that include a variety of benefits curated by creators, such as ad-free listening, access to additional content, and early or exclusive access to new series.”

“Listeners will be able to enjoy premium subscriptions from independent voices and premier studios, including Tenderfoot TV, Pushkin Industries, Radiotopia from PRX, and QCODE, to leading media and entertainment brands, including NPR, the Los Angeles Times, The Athletic, Sony Music Entertainment, and many more.”

Back in April, streaming service Spotify also announced that they would be launching into the podcast subscription model.

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