Now you can listen to more than 100 new podcasts from various apps and services in Apple Podcasts, the company said Tuesday.
“Subscribers to Apple Music, Apple News+ and participating apps like Calm and Lingokids can connect their subscriptions to access new shows and more,” Apple noted.
New subscription-connection options and iOS 17 functions beef up Apple Podcasts
In addition to new connectivity options, the new iOS 17 makes Apple Podcasts more intuitive and useful.
“New features include a refreshed player with full-screen artwork, a streamlined queue, episode art, interactive widgets, search filters with more detailed results, StandBy, and the ability for users to connect their subscriptions to some of their favorite apps,” the company said.
And as of Tuesday, subscribers to Apple Music, Apple News+, Calm, and Lingokids can find more than 60 original podcasts, including over 2,500 episodes from Apple Music Radio.
And new shows from apps and services launch every week this fall.
Accessing all sort of premium audio content
Being able to connect subscriptions to apps should make Apple Podcasts better. The company called it “the best way for listeners to access many forms of premium audio content — podcasts, news briefs, narrated articles, radio shows with full music, educational courses, guided meditations, sleep sounds, and much more — all in one place.”
“Apple Music is home to hundreds of original shows featuring the world’s top artists and tastemakers, and our listeners love them,” said Rachel Newman, Apple Music’s global head of editorial. “There is truly something for everyone, which is why we’re excited to make it all available on Apple Podcasts. So subscribers can follow their favorites, save episodes to their library, get notified when new episodes are released, and listen offline across their devices.”
“We’re excited to introduce Apple News+ Narrated for our subscribers,” said Lauren Kern, Apple News’s editor in chief. “Now subscribers can enjoy narrated articles representing some of the best journalism from News+ publishers on Apple Podcasts as well as in Apple News.”
Here’s how Apple described new functionality:
Listeners with in-app subscriptions to eligible apps will have their subscriptions automatically connected the next time they open Apple Podcasts. Listeners can also connect their subscriptions manually by signing into their account from the app’s channel page on Apple Podcasts. Subscribers can listen across their favorite Apple devices, including iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple TV, HomePod, CarPlay, and Apple Watch with AirPods.
Once a subscription is connected, listeners can browse all of the podcasts available to them from the Library tab. On each channel page, listeners can learn more about each show, and follow any show for free to automatically download and be notified of new episodes. New episodes appear in Up Next on the Listen Now tab, where listeners can also find personalized recommendations based on their active subscriptions and anonymized listening. Listeners can explore editorially curated recommendations on Browse, and see the most popular free and subscriber shows on the Apple Podcasts charts.
New shows from top apps:
Starting next month, listeners will be able to connect their subscriptions to Bloomberg, Curio, L’Équipe, Mamamia, Sleep Cycle, The Economist, The Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, WELT News, and Zen with Apple Podcasts.