Apple has announced that it will postpone the launch of its upcoming Podcasts subscription. The company is postponing the launch to June, Apple announced in an email sent to developers (via 9to5Mac) on Friday. For context, the service should start this month.
For the uninformed, Apple Podcasts subscriptions allow users to subscribe to participating podcasts. It gives them additional benefits such as ad-free listening or early access to episodes. Apple announced in April that subscriptions would launch in 170 countries.
It is said that the delay in launch is due to the fact that the Apple Podcasts developers have encountered some issues recently. You can’t sign in to Apple’s Podcast Connect portal or see a delay in new episodes becoming available.
You can read Apple’s full email to the creators below (via The Verge):
We’d like to inform you about the availability of Apple Podcasts subscriptions and channels. We were delighted with the response to last month’s announcement and it is exciting to see hundreds of new subscriptions and channels submitted by YouTubers from around the world every day.
To ensure we are delivering the best experience for YouTubers and listeners, Apple Podcasts subscriptions and channels will launch now in June. In this newsletter, we’ll be posting more updates on availability and best practices to help you prepare your subscriptions and channels.
In the past few weeks, some YouTubers have experienced delays in the availability of their content and in accessing Apple Podcasts Connect. We have resolved these glitches and encourage creators who are having issues to contact us.
We’ve also heard from listeners and made adjustments based on their feedback on iOS 14.6, which was released on Monday. We will be rolling out additional improvements to the library in the coming weeks.
Thank you for your understanding. We can’t wait to see your new subscriptions and channels and look forward to bringing them to listeners around the world soon.
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