Apple announced its new podcast service during its Spring Loaded event in Cupertino, California.
Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed a premium Apple Podcasts subscription service would be launching next month, set to bring early access and ad-free listening to subscribers.
Cut to the chase
- What is it? A premium subscription service for Apple Podcasts
- When is it out? Sometime in May
- What will it cost? Pricing dependant on creators
Release date and price
Thanks to rumors, we had been expecting the arrival of a premium Apple Podcasts service for some time. Announced at Apple’s Spring Loaded event, the service will become available for Apple users sometime in May.
Pricing for each subscription is set by creators and billed monthly by default. Creators can additionally offer annual billing, which subscribers can manage from their Apple ID account settings, accessible from the Listen Now tab. Listeners will also be able to access free trials and sample episodes offered by creators.
What is it?
A new Apple Podcasts service that will bring early access and ad-free listening to subscribers.
This doesn’t mean you’re going to have to pay for the podcasts you already know and love all of a sudden, though – a million of which are available for free via Apple’s dedicated Podcasts app – rather the service seems like it will be an optional extra for users.
Tim Cook also hinted at a new design for the Podcasts app, with shows and episodes getting special pages, and channels introduced to find new content from your favourite creators.