|Initial release||iOS: June 26, 2012|
tvOS: January 26, 2016
watchOS: September 17, 2018
HomePod: February 9, 2018
macOS: October 7, 2019
Amazon Echo: December 13, 2019
|Operating system||iOS 6 and later|
watchOS 5 and later
tvOS 9.1.1 and later
iPadOS (all versions)
macOS Catalina and later
Windows (as part of iTunes)
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Apple Podcasts is a media player application developed by Apple for downloading and playing podcasts. It is available for the iOS, iPadOS, tvOS, watchOS, macOS and Microsoft Windows operating systems.
A standalone Apple Podcasts app was initially released for iOS on June 26, 2012, after formerly being a section of the iTunes app. On April 13, 2017, Apple rebranded Podcasts to Apple Podcasts. It was followed by launches on Apple TV on September 24, 2012, tvOS on January 26, 2016, and watchOS on September 17, 2018. An Apple Podcasts app was released with macOS Catalina on October 7, 2019, as one of three applications created to replace iTunes. Apple Podcasts is also part of the iTunes app for Windows.
iOS, tvOS, and watchOS versions
Podcasts was formerly a section of the iTunes app through iOS 5. A standalone Apple Podcasts app was announced at the 2012 Worldwide Developers Conference as a feature of iOS 6. Apple released the app early on the App Store on June 26, 2012. It adds a new "stations" feature for discovering new podcasts. It is a standard app on CarPlay.
A standalone Apple Podcasts app was brought to 2nd and 3rd generation Apple TVs on September 24, 2012 with the Software 6.0 update. The tvOS-based 4th generation Apple TV launched in October 2015 without the ability to play podcasts. This was despite a Podcasts icon appearing on the home screen in commercials, in-store demo loops, and developer documentation. Apple Podcasts was added with tvOS 9.1.1 released on January 26, 2016.
macOS and Windows versions
Apple announced at WWDC 2019 that iTunes for macOS would be split and replaced by the Music, TV and Podcasts apps, with the release of macOS Catalina. Apple Podcasts remains available through iTunes on Microsoft Windows. Apple Podcasts remains in the Windows version of iTunes.
Critical reviews of the Apple Podcasts app have generally been mixed. In 2012, Engadget stated it "offers an opportunity to break through the clutter of iTunes". In 2017, Slate criticized it for glitches and low-quality audio. In 2019, The Verge called the app "a bummer" and "bare-bones and fairly clunky, even when it comes to basic functions like subscribing."
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