Apple Podcasts

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Apple Podcasts
Podcasts (iOS).svg Podcasts (macOS).png
Developer(s)Apple Inc.
Initial releaseiOS: June 26, 2012; 9 years ago (2012-06-26)
tvOS: January 26, 2016; 5 years ago (2016-01-26)
watchOS: September 17, 2018; 3 years ago (2018-09-17)
HomePod: February 9, 2018; 3 years ago (2018-02-09)
macOS: October 7, 2019; 23 months ago (2019-10-07)
Amazon Echo: December 13, 2019; 21 months ago (2019-12-13)
Operating systemiOS 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)
PredecessoriTunes (macOS)

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.[1] 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[edit]

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.[2] 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.[3] 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.[4] Apple Podcasts was added with tvOS 9.1.1 released on January 26, 2016.[5]

Apple Podcasts was added to the Apple Watch with watchOS 5 on September 17, 2018.[6]

macOS and Windows versions[edit]

Apple Podcasts for macOS and Microsoft Windows were initially available as part of the iTunes app, which added support for podcasts in version 4.9 in June 2005.[7][8]

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.[9] Apple Podcasts remains available through iTunes on Microsoft Windows.[10] Apple Podcasts remains in the Windows version of iTunes.

Smart speakers[edit]

HomePod supports Apple Podcasts playback using a voice user interface. Support for Apple Podcasts was added to the Amazon Echo line in December 2019.[11]


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".[12] In 2017, Slate criticized it for glitches and low-quality audio.[13] In 2019, The Verge called the app "a bummer" and "bare-bones and fairly clunky, even when it comes to basic functions like subscribing."[14]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Apple Rebrands iTunes Podcasts as 'Apple Podcasts'". Retrieved September 2, 2021.
  2. ^ Ingraham, Nathan (2012-06-26). "Apple releases dedicated Podcasts app for iPhone and iPad". The Verge. Retrieved 2019-10-27.
  3. ^ "About Apple TV (2nd and 3rd generation) software updates". Apple Support. Retrieved 2019-10-27.
  4. ^ "Apple TV (2015) review". iMore. 2015-11-19. Retrieved 2019-10-27.
  5. ^ "Apple Releases Apple TV Update With New Podcasts App". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2019-10-27.
  6. ^ Whitney, Lance; September 27, 2019 9:35AM EST; September 27, 2019. "How to Use the Apple Podcasts App on Your Apple Watch". PCMAG. Retrieved 2019-10-27.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  7. ^ Manjoo, Farhad (November 29, 2012). "Won't Someone Take iTunes Out Back and Shoot It?". Slate. Retrieved June 4, 2019.
  8. ^ "iTunes 4.9 First Look: Apple takes on Podcasting". Macworld. 2005-06-28. Retrieved 2019-10-28.
  9. ^ Murphy Kelly, Samantha (June 3, 2019). "RIP iTunes as we know it. Apple breaks up iconic music platform". CNN. Retrieved June 3, 2019.
  10. ^ Spangler, Todd (June 3, 2019). "Apple's iTunes Store, iTunes App for Windows Aren't Going Away". Variety. Retrieved June 3, 2019.
  11. ^ "Apple and Spotify's podcasts come to Echo devices in the US". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2019-12-14.
  12. ^ "Apple's Podcasts app for iOS hands-on". Engadget. Retrieved 2019-10-27.
  13. ^ Pesca, Mike (2017-12-06). "Apple Has Ruined Its Podcasts App". Slate Magazine. Retrieved 2019-10-27.
  14. ^ "Picking the Best Podcast App (and a Guide to the Rest)". Retrieved 2019-10-27.