On Tuesday, Apple revealed additional service capabilities for its Podcasts application that will allow individuals to access a wider range of content. This is made possible by the new feature that allows shows to be linked to in-app subscriptions, Apple Music, and Apple News+. Additionally, Apple is introducing “Apple News+ Narrated,” a fresh show that provides narrations of articles found on Apple News+.
Currently, Apple Podcasts offers more than 60 podcasts for subscribers of Apple Music, Apple News+, and the Calm and Lingokids apps. For those using iOS 17, iPadOS 17, or macOS Sonoma, simply opening the Podcasts app will automatically link any subscriptions to the app. A splash screen will show which subscriptions and apps are connected. Alternatively, users can manually link their subscriptions by going to the app’s channel page in Podcasts.
Apple will soon have additional app and podcast integrations. Starting next month, subscribers of Bloomberg, Curio, L’Équipe, Mamamia, Sleep Cycle, The Economist, The Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, WELT News, and Zen will be able to access Podcasts through their apps.
Apple has revealed that programs from Apple Music Radio will now be found in the Podcasts app. In a statement, Rachel Newman, the global head of editorial for Apple Music, shared that the platform offers a wide range of original shows from top artists and influencers that are well-received by listeners. As a result, they are thrilled to expand their availability on Apple Podcasts, allowing subscribers to easily follow their preferred shows, save episodes to their library, receive notifications for new releases, and listen offline on any device.
Reworded: “Apple News+ Narrated” offers audio versions of well-liked articles.
Apple News+ is integrated with the new Podcasts app subscription service, which includes the new show Apple News+ Narrated. According to Lauren Kern, editor-in-chief of Apple News, subscribers can now listen to narrated articles from top journalism sources on both Apple Podcasts and Apple News.
Apple News+ Narrated features selected articles narrated by professional actors rather than AI-generated voices. An Apple News+ subscription is required and available in the U.S., the U.K., Canada, and Australia.
The market for podcasts has become increasingly cutthroat, as companies like Spotify and Amazon offer exclusive content from popular podcasters. Apple’s integration of podcasts into its App Store gives it a distinct advantage, allowing it to offer a service that other companies cannot match. Additionally, this gives Apple exclusive access to users who are heavily invested in their ecosystem.