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January 10, 2023
Delegated Delivery availability
Announced last year, Delegated Delivery helps creators distribute their premium and free audio through their participating hosting provider.
Publish Apple Podcasts Subscriptions with your hosting provider
Publish subscriber shows and episodes from the dashboard, making it easier than ever to launch and grow subscriptions on Apple Podcasts.
December 05, 2022
Apple reveals the most popular podcasts of 2022
Discover eight new year-end charts, revealing the top episodes, shows, channels, and subscriptions that listeners engaged with most in 2022.
October 24, 2022
October 2022: What’s new for Apple Podcasts
Read more about Apple Podcasts for iPad, Dynamic Island, new Lock Screen, Popular Shows in Listen Now, and more.
October 20, 2022
Holiday delivery deadlines
Schedule for new shows, channels, or subscriptions submitted during the holiday season of 2022.
October 05, 2022
Five steps to start your Apple Podcasts Subscription
Enroll in the Apple Podcasters Program and set up a Subscription for a show in just five simple steps.
September 07, 2022
iOS 16: What’s new for Apple Podcasts
iOS 16 and watchOS 9 include refreshed Now Playing screen, updated CarPlay, Listen Now and Search on Apple Watch, top Subscriber Shows, and top Subscriber Channels.
August 18, 2022
Introducing new Apple Podcasts Charts
Top Subscriber Shows and Top Subscriber Channels help listeners discover the most popular premium content and creators.
August 22, 2022
Technical updates for hosting providers
Apple Podcasts will make several updates to RSS feed requirements in 2023.
August 05, 2022
Resolved: downloads for migrated shows
The downloads for migrated shows issue has been resolved with iOS 15.5, iPadOS 15.5, and macOS 12.4.
May 16, 2022
iOS 15.5: What’s New for Apple Podcasts
Updates for iOS 15.5, iPadOS 15.5, and macOS 12.4 for Apple Podcasts.
May 16, 2022
Apple Podcasts Delegated Delivery
Launching this fall, Delegated Delivery helps creators distribute their premium and free audio through their participating hosting provider. Learn more about how it works and which hosting providers have committed to supporting it at launch.
Automatic Downloads make it easy for listeners to play and resume the podcasts they follow across devices.
April 26, 2022
Prepare for annual subscription plans
In a future software update, creators can present annual plans to new subscribers using the plan picker that displays when a listener taps Subscribe or Try Free on a show or channel.
April 25, 2022
New Listening Reports for subscriptions
The Listening Report contains aggregated information about engagement with your content, including number of hours listened, type of listener, and number of plays, by storefront, episode, and episode type.
April 25, 2022
Introducing three new Apple Podcasts Collections: Darkside, tbh, and Popped
Apple Podcasts launched three new editorially curated Collections to feature new and popular podcasts covering true crime and investigations, society and culture, and leisure and entertainment.
April 11, 2022
Followers in Apple Podcasts Connect
Apple Podcasts introduces Follower metrics, MP3 support for subscription audio, and more.
March 22, 2022
March 2022 news and updates
Apple Podcasts introduces Follower metrics, MP3 support for subscription audio, and more.
True love meets true crime in Murder with My Husband
Payton and Garrett Moreland, cohosts of Murder With My Husband, built a thriving community of listeners with the help of podcast subscriptions.
Slow Burn: Roe v. Wade is the Show of the Year
Hear from the team behind Slow Burn: Roe v. Wade, Apple Podcasts Show of the Year.
Follow on Apple Podcasts
Learn about the benefits of following a show on Apple Podcasts and how to view follower engagement in Analytics on Apple Podcasts Connect.
March 15, 2022
iOS 15.4: What’s new for Apple Podcasts
With iOS 15.4, iPadOS 15.4, and macOS 12.3, it’s easier than ever to browse shows by season and filter episodes by played, unplayed, downloaded, or saved.
How to write a promotional message
Best practices for customized text in subscription banners.
February 28, 2022
Banking updates in Apple Podcasts Connect
Learn about new requirements for adding or updating bank information.
Apple Podcasters Program overview
Learn how to join the Apple Podcasters Program so you can offer listeners a premium subscription to your podcast.
Create an Apple Podcasts Connect account
Learn how to set up an Apple Podcasts Connect account so you can submit your podcast to Apple.
Agreements, tax, and banking overview
To sell subscriptions to your podcast on Apple Podcasts and receive payments from Apple, submit the required agreement.
Manage your Apple Podcasters Program membership
If you are part of the Apple Podcasters Program, learn how to renew, transfer, or cancel your plan.
Subscriptions best practices
Follow these tips for setting up your subscription to accurately describe and promote your show.
Set up contact information
Learn how to set up and manage contacts for your agreement in Apple Podcasts Connect.
Apple Podcasts content guidelines
Before submitting your show or offering a podcast subscription, review the Apple Podcasts content guidelines.
Set up tax information
If you plan to sell Apple Podcasts Subscriptions, learn about required tax forms and how to submit them on Apple Podcasts Connect.
Set up banking information
If you are offering Apple Podcasts Subscriptions, submit your banking information so you can receive payments from Apple.
Users and access
Learn about the roles and permissions available in Apple Podcasts Connect to help your team manage your podcast, view analytics, and track sales and payments.
Follow our technical guidelines for creating channel, subscription, and show artwork.
To create a podcast that is easily streamed without straining listeners’ bandwidth, encode and compress your audio in a format that produces the smallest file size possible.
Podcast RSS feed requirements
Review the requirements for a podcast RSS feed and see examples of correctly formatted XML tags.
Apple Podcasts categories
Choose a category that best reflects your show, so it appears in relevant searches and recommendations on Apple Podcasts.
Using chapters on Apple Podcasts
Learn how chapters and chapter artwork can enhance the experience for your listeners on Apple Podcasts.
Set up subscription benefits
As part of the Apple Podcasters Program, learn how to set up your show to offer ad-free episodes, access to archived content, early access to episodes, and subscriber-only shows.
Set up a channel subscription
To set up a channel subscription in Apple Podcasts Connect, prepare promotional information and artwork, add pricing and an optional free trial, and include subscriber audio for your episodes.
How to find your subscription strategy
Learn about the benefits you can offer with Apple Podcasts Subscriptions, how they fit with the production and distribution of your shows, and how they will connect with your listeners.
Submit a show
Submit a show via an RSS feed that’s hosted by a third-party provider or create a show in Apple Podcasts Connect if you are part of the Apple Podcasters Program.
Create a channel
In Apple Podcasts Connect, you can create a channel to list multiple podcasts in one place.
How to create an episode
You can create an episode in Apple Podcasts Connect or via an RSS feed with a third-party hosting provider.
Test your podcast RSS feed
After meeting all of Apple’s podcast requirements, test your show’s RSS feed before submitting it for review.
Validate your podcast RSS feed
Use Apple Podcasts Connect to validate your show’s RSS feed before submission.
Before they’re available on Apple Podcasts, channels, shows, and subscriptions are reviewed to ensure they comply with our content, subscription, and artwork guidelines.
Find a hosting solution
Find a hosting provider to create and manage your podcast RSS feed.
Availability, rights, and release date
Select the countries and regions where your podcast should be available, set the release date and time for shows, and ensure you have all required content rights.
Remove a subscription from Apple Podcasts
Learn more about what happens when you remove a subscription from Apple Podcasts.
Update your podcast metadata
Learn how to update your metadata via an RSS feed or directly in Apple Podcasts Connect.
Manage subscription pricing
Learn how to schedule a price change for your subscription and how it affects your subscribers.
Manage your podcast
Get an overview of the features in Apple Podcasts Connect that will help you manage your shows on Apple Podcasts.
RSS feed refresh
Learn how to refresh your RSS feed if you don’t see your changes on Apple Podcasts.
Change the RSS feed URL
Whether you host your RSS feed or partner with a third-party provider, learn more about changing your podcast RSS feed URL.
Archive or restore a channel, show, or episode
If you no longer need to manage a channel, show, or episode, you can archive the content and restore it in the future when needed.
Transfer ownership of a podcast
Find out how to gain ownership of a podcast or transfer a podcast to someone else’s account.
Statuses in Apple Podcasts Connect
Learn about the status of your show, episode, channel, or subscription in Apple Podcasts Connect and what may need your attention.
Understand your analytics
Learn more about show analytics and what do if your show isn’t visible in the Analytics dashboard.
Measure podcast performance
Use Analytics to gain a better understanding of how users are listening to your shows and episodes on Apple Podcasts.
Learn about requirements for collecting Apple Podcasts listening data and the minimum thresholds for aggregating data.
Analytics best practices
Ensure that Analytics data is available to you by following these best practices for episode metadata.
Explore new analytics features
Learn about the latest analytics updates and features added to Apple Podcasts Connect.
Understanding your subscriptions reports
Measure your subscription churn rate, find key performance indicators, and learn about subscription reports.
Payments and financial reports
Learn about the minimum sales thresholds required to receive payments from Apple and how to download monthly financial reports.
Download subscription reports
If you’re a member of the Apple Podcasters Program and have channels with paid subscriptions, you can download reports that track the sales and renewals of subscriptions around the world.
How subscription grace periods and billing retry work
Learn how Apple Podcasts helps you keep subscribers through grace and billing retry periods.
Apple Podcasts Charts
Apple Podcasts Charts feature top shows and episodes by market and category.
How to set the order of podcast episodes
Learn how Apple Podcasts displays serial shows, intended to be listened to in a specific order, versus episodic shows that can be listened to in any order, and how to define your show type and season.
Availability of Apple Podcasts features
Learn about the availability of free podcasts and Apple Podcasts Subscriptions, see all available Apple Podcasts app languages, and view the annual fee for the Apple Podcasters Program by country or region.
Content infringement and digital rights management (DRM)
Learn about DRM and how to report a violation of your intellectual property rights.
Ratings and reviews
Listeners and subscribers can leave ratings and reviews of your podcasts on Apple Podcasts.
Customer support for listeners
Listeners and subscribers reporting issues with a show on Apple Podcasts should reach out to Customer Support to investigate and resolve their issues.
Hosts and guests
Review the file formats, guidelines, and submission requirements for podcast host and guest images.
Make an impact with your podcast artwork
Learn tips for creating and designing great artwork for your listeners.
Become an Apple Services affiliate partner
Join the Apple Services Performance Partner Program to earn commissions each time a podcast subscription purchase is made from an affiliated link you share via email, social media, digital ads, or other marketing activities.
Apple Podcasts embed player
Use the Apple Podcasts embed player to feature your podcast on a website.
Start with a brief
Learn how a brief helps you turn your podcast idea into a real show, then see how to make your own.
Present your podcast
Learn how to package your show for Apple Podcasts by creating a complementary visual and verbal design.
Make the next great podcast trailer
Know the different kinds of podcast trailers and learn how to make one for your show.
Elevate your marketing assets
Discover tools made by Apple that help you leverage the Apple Podcasts brand to promote your podcast.
Connect on social media
Learn what fans expect on social media and how you can use different platforms to grow your podcast’s audience.
Promotional requests and artwork
If you are selected for a feature promotion on Apple Podcasts, make sure your artwork meets the requirements and guidelines.
Four ways to optimize your request for Apple Podcasts promotion
Find out how to craft your promotion request to improve the chances of getting your podcast featured on Apple Podcasts.
Troubleshoot audio upload issues
Learn how to address common audio upload errors you may see in Apple Podcasts Connect.
Troubleshoot podcast availability
Know what to look for if you can’t find your show on Apple Podcasts.
Audience data and love stories go hand in hand for Meet Cute
By focusing on user needs, diverse stories, and listener behavior, Naomi Shah’s rom-com podcast company Meet Cute has become the go-to source for stories of love in all its forms.
The Diary Of A CEO team writes a new chapter with subscriptions
Apple Podcasts spoke with the team behind The Diary Of A CEO about how subscriptions helped them discover what resonates with their audience.
How Jesse Brown took Canadaland worldwide
Canadaland host Jesse Brown shares his perspective on the evolution of podcast subscriptions, encouraging audiences to invest in your work, and why today’s aspiring journalists shouldn’t wait for permission to start their podcast.
Troubleshoot artwork issues
Learn how to address error messages related to submitting or updating your podcast artwork.
Tortoise’s slow news approach has a fast-growing audience
Tortoise Media editor Basia Cummings shares how the company leverages subscriptions with Tortoise+ to build audience relationships, offer more content and perks to loyal listeners, and ultimately grow its offering of investigative and long-form narrative podcasts.
How casual podcast listeners can become paid subscribers
Understanding the marketing funnel and tactics to reach different segments of your audience can help you engage listeners on Apple Podcasts and convert casual listeners into paid subscribers.
November 16, 2020
Optimize your show for Siri and Alexa
Siri and Alexa can help listeners find and subscribe to your show on Apple Podcasts.
Slumber Studios never sleeps on big moments for growth
With a smart podcast subscription strategy that includes ad-free listening, bonus episodes, and ties to tentpole cultural moments, Slumber Studios grew its audience and paid subscribers, and earned millions of monthly plays.
Next on Roxane Gay’s agenda: a podcast defined by great conversations
Roxane Gay, host of The Roxane Gay Agenda, speaks with Apple Podcasts about her path to podcasting, valuing creative work, and the importance of a preparation-focused production team.
Tenderfoot TV’s hustle is reshaping an industry
Tenderfoot TV cofounder Donald Albright talks tactics, tools, and tough lessons learned in podcasting.
How Betches went from meme machine to burgeoning podcast business
Betches cofounder Jordana Abraham talks about building a rapidly growing podcast community, what subscription benefits are appealing to listeners, and using podcast analytics to guide marketing efforts.
Lemonada podcasts: Therapy you can subscribe to
The cofounder of Lemonada reflects on growing a podcast network in a pandemic and rolling out subscriptions.
Hear from the creators behind Apple’s Best Podcasts of 2021
Creators behind two of this year’s top shows share how they recorded in cramped closets, coped with creative challenges, and more.
January 18, 2022
“Listen With” on Apple Podcasts
“Listen With” on Apple Podcasts features a curated list of favorite shows from artists, authors, filmmakers, journalists, influencers, and other podcasters.
November 05, 2021
New RSS feed refresh
Introducing the RSS feed refresh which displays the latest updates on your RSS feed.
October 19, 2021
Holiday delivery deadlines
Check dates to submit new shows, channels, or subscriptions in November or December.
September 21, 2021
iOS 15 for Apple Podcasts
With the release of iOS 15, new sharing and personalization features are now available in Apple Podcasts.
August 09, 2021
Upcoming tax changes for podcasts
Coming soon, tax changes in certain regions will result in an adjustment to your proceeds.
July 29, 2021
What’s new for Apple Podcasts with iOS 14.7
Listeners on iOS 14.7 will enjoy new enhancements to Library that make it easier to manage their shows and episodes.
July 01, 2021
A notice about download reports
Listeners on iOS 14.6 may experience an issue with automatic downloads for new episodes that can reduce the number of downloads reported by third-party hosting providers.
June 08, 2021
Apple Podcasts Subscriptions and channels launch worldwide on June 15
To prepare for launch, follow these tips so that your subscriptions and channels shine.
May 28, 2021
An update on Apple Podcasts Subscriptions and channels
To ensure we are delivering the best experience for creators and listeners, Apple Podcasts Subscriptions and channels will now launch in June.
April 21, 2021
Introducing Apple Podcasts Subscriptions
Creators in more than 170 countries and regions can offer premium subscriptions on Apple Podcasts by enrolling in the Apple Podcasters Program.
April 21, 2021
Apple Podcasts Connect new features
Apple Podcasts Connect has been updated with a streamlined design and new features that make it easier to manage shows on Apple Podcasts.
March 08, 2021
The Apple Podcasts Kids & Family Collection with Common Sense Media
Apple Podcasts partnered with Common Sense Media to launch an editorially curated Kids & Family category in the U.S. that features safe, timely podcast recommendations for parents.
January 19, 2021
Introducing Apple Podcasts Spotlight
Spotlight is a new monthly feature from the Apple Podcasts editorial team highlighting podcast creators.
November 16, 2020
Introducing the Apple Podcasts web embed
The new Apple Podcasts embed player offers you a way to showcase your podcast on a website.
Search on Apple Podcasts
Learn how to optimize your podcasts for Search on Apple Podcasts.
Apple Podcast Subscriptions
Offer listeners a premium subscription for your show with Apple Podcasts Subscriptions.
How Jack Rhysider turned listener support into loyal subscribers
Darknet Diaries host offers insights on subscriptions in the months after launching his premium experience for listeners.
Insights to help launch a successful subscription on Apple Podcasts
Here a few takeaways we’ve learned since launching Apple Podcasts Subscriptions that can help podcasters create premium experiences that resonate with audiences.
Apple Podcasts Social Post Generator
The Social Post Generator makes it easy to create and customize eye-catching artwork to promote your podcast on social media.
Subscribe on Apple Podcasts
It’s easy to subscribe to a show on Apple Podcasts to support your favorite podcast creators and unlock premium experiences.
How to change hosting providers
Learn how to change hosting providers, move a show over, and test your RSS feed to ensure show metrics from Apple Podcasts remain consistent.
Set up a channel and subscription
Watch a step-by-step tutorial to learn how to set up channels and subscriptions in Apple Podcasts Connect.
Resources for podcast creators
Discover sites, newsletters, and experts that can help you get your show started and inspire ways to elevate your podcast.
Create your account
Learn how to activate your Apple ID and create your Apple Podcasts Connect account.
Add a show to an existing subscription
Learn how to add shows to an existing channel subscription and expand a single-show subscription to a channel subscription.
Set up a show subscription
Learn how to set up a subscription to your show, and create promotions and free trials to attract new listeners.
Add subscriber audio to your episode
Watch a video about how to set up your episodes for subscribers.
Add ad-free audio to published episodes
Learn how to add subscriber audio to your back catalog.
Five new insights to help grow your subscription on Apple Podcasts
Discover helpful ways to convert listeners to subscribers.