Apple Updates: Paying for Podcasts – PCI 248

Online paymentPaying for podcasts, while uncommon is now also available directly through Apple Podcasts. The latest Apple update released channels and subscriptions for podcasts this week and we’re anxious to see how many podcasters and listeners choose to dip their foot into the deep end.

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Recorded live from two well-separated and socially distanced podcast studios in northern and southern Michigan; here’s Podcast Insider.

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Question: Hi Blubrry! How are you going to be supporting the Apple Podcasts paid subscriptions? I don’t see anything about it on your site.

Answer: Subscriptions in Apple Podcasts are 100% on Apple. Your website and your podcast host (no matter who it is) has nothing to do with this. Think of it like YouTube (sort of). You don’t upload or do anything outside of YouTube to publish a video, it’s 100% on their platform. This is Apple’s version of this and its audio and/or video. The difference is people have to have a paid subscription to listen or watch your content on that system.

Short answer is no, we will not be doing anything for Apple Subscriptions (or Spotify or Patreon or any other closed system). It’s a different distribution method, technically, not a traditional podcast. All other podcasts work mostly like they used to. Apple pulls them in via RSS and people can listen and “FOLLOW” (instead of subscribe) just like before.


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Be sure to follow or subscribe to the companion show to this one, Podcast Help Desk where Mike goes a little deeper into the geeky and techy side of podcasting. This week I will be talking about the results of my show notes test and talking about show notes in general.


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