Apple is delaying the launch of its upcoming Podcasts subscriptions till June, the corporate introduced in an electronic mail despatched to creators Friday (by way of 9to5Mac). The service was beforehand set to launch this month.
Apple’s Podcasts subscriptions will permit individuals to subscribe to collaborating podcasts to get further perks like ad-free listening or early entry to episodes. In April, Apple mentioned the subscriptions would launch in 170 nations, and that preliminary companions embrace Pushkin Industries and NPR.
The shifted launch comes as some creators utilizing Apple Podcasts have not too long ago run into some points, equivalent to being unable to log in to Apple’s Podcast Join portal or seeing a delay within the availability of latest episodes. In its electronic mail despatched Friday, Apple mentioned it has mounted the “disruptions” that offered issues.
We’re writing to supply an replace on the provision of Apple Podcasts Subscriptions and channels. We’ve been delighted by the response to final month’s announcement and it’s thrilling to see the a whole lot of latest subscriptions and channels submitted from creators throughout the globe day-after-day.
To make sure we’re delivering the most effective expertise for creators and listeners, Apple Podcasts Subscriptions and channels will now launch in June. We are going to talk additional updates on availability, and greatest practices that will help you put together your subscriptions and channels, by way of this text.
Over the previous couple of weeks, some creators have skilled delays within the availability of their content material and entry to Apple Podcasts Join. We’ve addressed these disruptions and encourage creators experiencing any points to contact us.
We’ve additionally heard from listeners and made changes based mostly on their suggestions with iOS 14.6, which was launched on Monday. We are going to introduce extra enhancements to Library within the coming weeks.