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Tag Archive for ‘Apple Podcasts’

The Apple Services Experience Is Not Good Enough ➝

Michael Tsai:

The services apps are all frustrating to use. In may ways, they feel worse than Web apps. I cannot believe how Apple has let them regress so much. I miss iTunes from 15 years ago.

I maintain an old Mac Mini that runs El Capitan and an even older iMac that runs Snow Leopard. iTunes is so much better on those older machines than the current state of the TV app, Apple Music, and Apple Podcasts.

My current pet peeve is the Podcast app’s lack of OPML export or import. What a terrible, user-hostile omission.

I was recently trying to export my subscriptions from Pocket Casts and import them into Apple Podcasts so I could use the Apple TV app to more conveniently playback video podcasts. But, no dice. There’s no way to just import an OPML file. I would have to go through and manually subscribe to every single podcast. I’m not going to do that over a hundred podcasts.

➝ Source: mjtsai.com

Apple Could Make Podcasting Better for Everyone ➝

Matt Birchler:

What I’d prefer to see is Apple work on improving the standards for podcast feeds and how they display shows in their directory that third party apps can access. For example, if I’m listening to an episode of Connected, then I should be able to find in the podcast app I’m using a way to subscribe to Connected Pro from the app. This would require the directory to understand that Connected and Connected Pro are the same show, but the Pro version is paid, it would require Apple’s and third party apps to display this premium option to users in the UI, it would require a link (or an API integration) out to the payment page to sign up for the premium version of the show, and it would need to allow for a form of authentication showing who has access to the premium feeds.

Apple should start supporting the Podcasting 2.0 namespace in Apple Podcasts and even dedicate some engineering time to help building out that standard. There is already a funding tag, which can be used to link out to donation pages, online stores, premium versions of the podcast, or whatever monetization method the podcast author wants.

The link within that funding tag can be surfaced wherever the podcast app chooses to — the now playing and episode description screens seem like logical places to start.

They could also do a lot to help with adoption of the value tag. This would allow for integrating donations to podcast authors directly in the Apple Podcasts app, facilitated by Apple Wallet, which would allow Apple to take a small cut of the transaction to justify their investment in the features.

While all the other podcast services are trying to push the platform toward a more closed future, Apple should do the exact opposite. Put their efforts into making podcasting even more open and build tools and services around the ecosystem that allows them to monetize the efforts while leaning into what made podcasting so great in the first place.

➝ Source: birchtree.me

Apple Releases Hooked, an Apple Original Podcast ➝

John Voorhees, writing for MacStories:

The show, called Hooked, is a true-crime story featuring career bank robber Tony Hathaway. […]

Perhaps more notable is that there doesn’t seem to be a standard RSS feed associated with the show. Instead, the show’s first four episodes and trailer are available only via the Apple Podcasts app. Of course, a feed could be added, but if one isn’t, this would mark Apple’s first foray into exclusive audio content, something which Spotify has been doing for quite some time.

If it doesn’t have an RSS feed, it’s not a podcast, it’s just an audio show.

➝ Source: macstories.net

Apple Adopting the Word ‘Follow’ for Podcasts ➝

James Cridland, writing for Podnews:

Tom Webster from Edison Research says 47% of people who don’t currently listen to podcasts think that ‘subscribing’ to a podcast will cost money, describing it as a stone in the shoe of podcasting’s growth run. He tells Podnews: “Today, Apple, Spotify, and YouTube are the three most widely used services to play podcasts, and now the word Subscribe means ‘automatically download for free’ in exactly none of them.

“Subscribe” has always been a bit of a confusing term for podcasting, since the vast majority of podcasts are free. “Follow” is a more familiar term that doesn’t have the connotation that it will cost money.

This same change should be made by everyone with a free email newsletter or when promoting an RSS feed. I’ve already started moving toward it on my own sites with few exceptions.

(Via 9 to 5 Mac.)

➝ Source: podnews.net

Overcast Versus Apple Podcasts ➝

David Sparks discusses his experience using Apple Podcasts over the past few weeks and explains why he switched back to Overcast.