After announcing Podcasts Subscriptions during the Spring Loaded event, Apple has announced that it is delayed its launch from May to June. The announcement was shared on email with Podcasts creators, along with an update that new tweaks will be made to the app to improve user experience.
Apple Podcasts Subscriptions launch moved to June
The email to podcasts creators explains that the launch for subscriptions will now take place in June, and Apple will continue to share updates on availability and best practices through email. As per an email shared by 9to5Mac:
We’re writing to provide an update on the availability of Apple Podcasts Subscriptions and channels. We’ve been delighted by the response to last month’s announcement and it’s exciting to see the hundreds of new subscriptions and channels submitted from creators across the globe every day.
To ensure we are delivering the best experience for creators and listeners, Apple Podcasts Subscriptions and channels will now launch in June. We will communicate further updates on availability, and best practices to help you prepare your subscriptions and channels, through this newsletter.
Apple has also shared that it is working to resolve issues reported by creators with using Apple Podcasts Connect in April that caused shows to load slowly for listeners.
Over the last few weeks, some creators have experienced delays in the availability of their content and access to Apple Podcasts Connect. We’ve addressed these disruptions and encourage creators experiencing any issues to contact us.
The company also acknowledged that it is listening to feedback on the Podcasts app changes that came in iOS 14.5 and worked to make changes in iOS 14.6 and will continue to make improvements to Podcasts app Library interface in future updates, likely with iOS 14.7 which is currently in beta testing.