Sometimes things just get out of hand with your devices and need to be wrangled back into line. Today’s targets: System Preferences, the Podcasts app, IMAP email, and much more. Plus, some early replies on our search for the best way to tame our episode watch lists are already in, too! Listen as John and Dave talk through all of this, add some Cool Stuff Found, and more.
Apple is now making original video content, but could it make original podcasts, a format its products basically invented, and, if so, how?
Apple used its New York event on Monday to reveal the most popular podcasts of 2019, with Joe Rogan leaving the way.
Deezer unveiled its new ‘Shows’ tab which will be home to a variety of non-music content such as podcasts and radio on its iOS app.
Pandora for Podcasters, as the name suggests, is a new platform that lets people submit their podcasts to Pandora. All you have to do is submit your RSS feed URL, answer a few questions, and your episodes will be added.
Podcasts on Pandora is powered by the Podcast Genome Project, which helps listeners cut through the overwhelming clutter of available podcasts to simply, easily find the podcasts they love…Starting today, creators who are new to the platform can submit their shows via Pandora for Podcasters here and start connecting with listeners ASAP.
New data showed that Apple still dominates in the podcast field. However, Spotify is making ground in key countries.
Apple has planned to fund original podcasts, with executives discussing buying exclusive rights from media companies.
WWDC confirmed that iTunes will be no more in macOS Catalina. It will be replaced by three new apps – Music, TV, and Podcasts.
Last year Google announced its podcasting service called Google Podcasts. Today iOS users can find and listen to them within Google search.
Luminary is a new podcast service without ads. Instead it’s subscription-based. But it sounds like the company is stealing podcasts.
In more podcast news today, emails are getting sent to people with new podcast rules about episode metadata and titles.
Meghan Moravcik Walbert writes how she introduced her son to podcasts and audiobooks with a streaming service called Pinna.
I’ve been wanting to introduce him to podcasts for some time. He’s the sort of kid who plays while he watches TV, so he tends to listen to a show more than fully watch the show. Plus, he loves to read and create his own comic books, so storytelling in general is something that he, like most kids, is very much into.
John Martellaro and Andrew Orr join host Kelly Guimont for a discussion of Apple rolling out health records to the VA, and podcast picks.
There are over 100,000 episodes covering a wide range of topics.
Apple has announced the best apps, music, TV shows and movies that were available across its platforms in 2018.
It’s not just white people listening to podcasts anymore. Ten years ago three quarters of the audience were white. Now it’s more diverse.
Global music streaming service, Deezer, has today released an improved version of its Apple Watch app, which now includes brand new features such as direct access to recently played tracks, favorites and Deezer’s core USP ‘Flow’. The app is available worldwide to all users and the new features include: Recently Played: immediate access from “My Music” to all tracks recently listened to on any signed in device, Favorite Tracks: listen to saved songs found within the ‘heart’ icon directly from the home page, and Deezer Flow: the never-ending personal soundtrack that uses smart data and algorithm to play a unique mix of personal favourites and new discoveries. Flow will help you mix your music with new discoveries based on your tastes. One click, and you start streaming your all-time favourite songs from the vinyl records, cassette tapes, compact discs or MP3 files of your childhood, alongside all the best new chart-topping hits you could want. App Store: Deezer – Free (Offers In-App Purchases)
Finding podcasts you’ll like is still mostly a word of mouth process and Pandora wants to change that. The streaming music service is working on what it calls the podcast genome project to help find shows you’ll like and enjoy, much like it already did for music. Pandora CEO Roger Lynch told The Verge, “We’re building for podcasts what we did for music, which is the podcast genome. So that we can present to you, as a Pandora listener, a personalized experience that will delight you just like we do with music.” Considering how poor podcast discoverability is right now, there’s a good chance anything Pandora comes up with will be better. You can check out more of Lynch’s comments on The Verge’s Converge podcast.
Scout FM is a podcast radio service that streams a curated selection of podcasts and radio shows. Today the service is getting new features, including compatibility with Apple’s CarPlay. A cool new feature is called Commute Mode, which automatically finds shows for you that fit your commute time. Scout FM is a bit different than other podcast apps. You don’t subscribe and download podcasts. Instead it’s more similar to a traditional radio station. There are stations focused around categories like Daily News, Brain Food, and True Stories. You just pick a station and immediately start listening. App Store: Scout FM – Free
Apple this week announced that it now hosts more than 550,000 active podcasts with a total of 18.5 million episodes that have been downloaded or streamed 50 billion times.