Apple has sent an official email to podcast creators informing them that the recently announced Podcasts subscription service will be delayed until June. There is no specific launch date mentioned in the new email and the service was previously scheduled to launch in May.
Several issues forced the delayed launch, including some podcast creators being locked out of Apple’s Podcasts Connect portal. Some writers also saw delays in the launch of their new podcast episodes. Apple Podcasts subscriptions allow users from over 170 countries to subscribe to selected podcasts with ad-free listening, exclusive content, and early access to new episodes.
Complete Apple Email Statement:
We are writing to provide an update on the availability of Apple Podcasts subscriptions and channels. We are very excited about the response to last month’s announcement and it’s exciting to see the hundreds of new subscriptions and channels being sent from creators across the globe every day.
To ensure we deliver the best experience for creators and listeners, Apple Podcasts subscriptions and channels will launch this June. We communicate additional updates on availability and best practices to help you prepare your subscriptions and channels through this newsletter.
Over the past few weeks, some creators have experienced delays in the availability of their content and access to Apple Podcasts Connect. We have resolved these issues and encourage creators who are experiencing issues to contact us.
We also heard from listeners and made adjustments based on their feedback with iOS 14.6, which was released on Monday. We will introduce further improvements to the library in the coming weeks.
Thank you for your understanding. We can’t wait to see your new subscriptions and channels, and we look forward to launching them soon to listeners around the world.