Apple’s podcast subscription service will not be launched this month as the company initially proposed. In an email obtained by 9to5Mac, Apple reports that it will delay the launch date for subscriptions and channels until June to provide a “better experience for creators and listeners.”
“We will communicate further updates on availability and best practices to help you prepare your subscriptions and channels through this newsletter,” according to email from Apple.
During the Spring Loaded event in April, Apple announced that it will be adding paid subscriptions to its Podcasts app. Creators will be able to set their own prices and decide the benefits their subscribers will get, such as ad-free content and exclusive episodes.
Apple acknowledges the lukewarm reception of the Podcasts app design that came in iOS 14.5. Faced with this situation, the technology giant has launched improvements and support in the new iOS 14.6 update and plans to launch redesigns for the library’s interface “in the coming weeks.”
Among the enhancements, Apple plans to launch a “channels” feature that will recommend “creator-selected groups of shows with unique titles, descriptions and artwork.”