Woah. This is a BIG ONE. This is truly the biggest news to podcasts coming from Apple in a long time.
If you watched the Apple Event called Spring Loaded they covered this within the first 5 minutes or so!
And like always, for those of you that happen to not get the emails from Apple, we love to publish them so that you get the exact details.
Apple Podcast Subscriptions! Tools! A redesigned app and more for your listeners and for podcasters like YOU.
Check out all the cool, new stuff below ICYMI.
You can also read their article on Apple Newsroom sharing that Apple Podcast Subscriptions is the next chapter of podcasting!
NOTE: We will be covering more of this very soon in an upcoming episode of The Feed: The Official Libsyn Podcast, so make sure you 😉 follow the show.
Dear Podcast Creator, We are thrilled to share the following announcements and updates. Introducing Apple Podcasts Subscriptions
Starting today, creators in more than 170 countries and regions can offer premium subscriptions on Apple Podcasts, which will be accessible to listeners next month. Creators set the pricing for each subscription, which are billed monthly by default, and define the benefits, such as ad-free listening, early or exclusive access to new series, or access to additional or archival content. Creators can also offer annual billing and provide free trials and sample episodes.
Creators interested in offering subscriptions can log in to Apple Podcasts Connect and enroll in the new Apple Podcasters Program for an annual fee, which provides access to all of the tools required to build and distribute premium subscriptions on Apple Podcasts. New Tools in Apple Podcasts Connect
Also beginning today, all creators can access an updated Apple Podcasts Connect dashboard, which includes new features that make it easier to manage your content on Apple Podcasts.
With Apple Podcasts Connect, you can now create channels, which are groups of shows that can be personalized with unique titles, descriptions, and artwork. Just like shows, you can offer free channels, which make it easy for listeners to discover all of your shows, plus paid and freemium channels through Apple Podcasts Subscriptions. Additionally, you can now view and edit podcast metadata, schedule and manage show availability for each country and region, and organize shows into channels right from the dashboard. With Analytics, you can gain insight into how listeners are engaging with your shows through new performance metrics and visualization tools, such as engaged listeners, listeners by city, and the new episodes performance graph. Apple Podcasts Connect also now offers a robust system for managing multiple users and roles, making it easy to invite collaborators to manage your subscriptions, channels, and shows. Apple Podcasts for Creators
Apple Podcasts for Creators is a new destination where you’ll find resources for developing, marketing, and managing your content on Apple Podcasts. Explore articles, tools, and guides that will help you learn the basics and stay up to date with the latest podcast news.
For more information about Apple Podcasts Subscriptions, visit Apple Newsroom. To get started go to Apple Podcasts Connect. Best regards, The Apple Podcasts Team