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Apple and Spotify could spell the end of everything we love about podcasts

Apple and Spotify could spell the end of everything we love about podcasts

During its first 2021 event yesterday, Apple announced "the next chapter of podcasting" with its Apple Podcasts Subscriptions. It's a new platform for podcasters that allows them to monetize their shows using subscription fees — conveniently only available to consumers through the Apple Podcasts app. Apple positions the new monetization method as separate premium products in addition to existing free or ad-supported podcasts, and there are already tons of studios and independent podcasters lining up to become part of the service.

The move is just part of a larger trend in the podcasting world, mostly kicked off by Spotify. The music streaming service is picking up more and more exclusives, holding some of our favorite content hostage with its terrible app in the process.

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After successfully copying Snapchat Stories, Facebook is setting its sights on Clubhouse next

After successfully copying Snapchat Stories, Facebook is setting its sights on Clubhouse next

The audio-only discussion/public forum platform Clubhouse is the hottest social media trend of the year, and Facebook doesn't want to be left out. The social network has announced a slew of audio features, including a podcast platform, a "Soundbites" audio creation tool for short audio content, and "Live Audio Rooms" for joining Clubhouse-like talks.

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Google Podcasts hits 100 million installs on Android, proving people might care about RSS after all

Google Podcasts hits 100 million installs on Android, proving people might care about RSS after all

When it comes to listening to podcasts in 2021, the options are limitless. From dedicated software like Pocket Casts or Podcast Addict to Spotify's endless pursuit to make you listen to its exclusives (whether by accident or by force), you probably have three different methods for listening to podcasts on your phone right now. Placed alongside every other app fighting for your attention is Google Podcasts, the free and feature-limited experience built to sync your library between Android, smart speakers, and any web-connected device. Less than five months after hitting 50 million installs, the app has hit a new milestone: 100 million installs since its launch in 2018.

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Samsung added a podcast player to its phones, in case you needed another one

Samsung added a podcast player to its phones, in case you needed another one

Podcasts have been the "next big thing" in content for a while now, with every tech, media, and venture capital firm looking to get involved. Given how many apps Samsung includes pre-installed on its phones, it's always been surprising that a podcast app wasn't among them. With a new update to its entertainment-focused Free app (previously Samsung Daily), the company's flagship devices will now natively support podcasts out of the box.

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Pocket Casts will go up for sale again, three years after acquisition by public radio group

Pocket Casts will go up for sale again, three years after acquisition by public radio group

Podcast player application Pocket Casts was acquired by a public radio group in mid-2018, right around the time Spotify started expanding into the podcast world. The service has had some ups and downs since then, but now it looks like Pocket Casts could have new ownership in the near future.

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Google Podcasts website adds subscription feed to make finding new episodes easier

Google Podcasts website adds subscription feed to make finding new episodes easier

Google Podcasts has had a long road to walk in order to compete with more fully featured podcast apps, but it's been steadily improving lately, even gaining support for adding custom RSS feeds. Now Google is bringing the web version more in line with the mobile apps by revamping the Subscriptions page to show a list of your latest episodes.

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NPR inks international podcast distribution deal with Spotify

NPR inks international podcast distribution deal with Spotify

Apparently, podcasts can spread through not just with RSS links, but with expensive distribution agreements as well. With that said, Spotify will be distributing 26 of NPR's shows internationally.

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The Stitcher app finally gets the makeover it needs with custom show groups and finer speed control

The Stitcher app finally gets the makeover it needs with custom show groups and finer speed control

Stitcher, the podcast app fresh off an acquisition by Pandora, is about to roll out an overdue makeover for its Android users with better fine-tuning when it comes to browsing, playing, and tracking the shows you want to listen to.

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You can now add custom RSS feeds to Google Podcasts

You can now add custom RSS feeds to Google Podcasts

When Google first released its own Podcasts app back in 2018, it was a pretty bare-bones affair. Since then, however, the company has continued to iterate and add improvements, and the app managed to surpass 50 million downloads this month. The latest update enables something that power users have been asking for since day one: the ability to add podcasts via custom RSS feeds.

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Google Podcasts reaches 50 million downloads on Android, so someone is clearly using it

Google Podcasts reaches 50 million downloads on Android, so someone is clearly using it

Google Podcasts may not be superior to many third-party podcast players out there, but it's free and readily available on any device and lets you pick up your listening session on a smart home speaker via voice. That alone might be worth a lot to many people, and it seems that Google Podcasts resonates with at least 50 million users — that's the milestone the app just reached on the Play Store.

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