Apple Paid Subscription Podcasts – PHD162

Apple announced “Subscriptions” after changing the name of subscribing to a free podcast to “Follow”.  We have more details about that system.  Today I will attempt to tell you, technically, how this is going to work and what it will not do.

What it is…

  • Apple Podcasts will allow you to create a show that is a paid subscription only available on Apple Podcasts.
  • You can do free episodes and paid episodes in the freemium model.
  • You can do a Paid Subscription only (with or without a free trial)
  • Apple will take 30% (the same as Apps and Books)
  • Costs $17 a year (as far as I know at this time) to participate.

What it is not…

  • It is NOT a replacement for your RSS based free podcast
  • It will not distribute anywhere outside of Apple Podcasts
  • It is not free podcast hosting (you still need a place to put your mp3 files for a totally free RSS based show)

What does it mean for your current podcast?

  • Nothing really.
  • You could use an Apple-only show to give paid subscriber bonus content that they must pay for.


Apple announced a lot of other things in both the Tim Cook public announcement and in the Briefing that podcast hosting companies go to go to after that announcement.

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