That means listeners in more than 170 countries and regions can now purchase a subscription for individual shows and groups of shows through channels, so listeners can easily support their favorite creators by enjoying the new content and additional benefits like ad-free listening and early access directly from the Apple Podcasts.
Listeners can discover thousands of subscriptions and channels featuring brand new shows that span many genres and formats, including news, comedy, sports, and true crime, offering listeners premium experiences that help them stay informed, entertained, connected, and inspired.
When listeners purchase a subscription to a show, they automatically follow the show and the page is updated with a Subscriber Edition label so they know they have access to the premium experience.
Listeners can discover channels for their favorite podcasts from each show page and through Search, explore recommendations from the Listen Now and Browse tabs, and share channels using Messages, Mail, and other apps.
As listeners subscribe to channels, the Listen Now tab expands with new rows that provide easy access to all of the content included in the channel and with their subscription. Listeners who subscribe to two or more channels will see a My Channels row in the Listen Now tab, where they can browse and follow all of the shows offered.
Apple Podcasts and channels are available to Apple devices running at least iOS 14.6, iPadOS 14.6, and macOS 11.4 or later. Also, customers can play subscription content via Apple Watch with watchOS 7.5 or later and with HomePod, HomePod mini, and CarPlay.
Pricing for each subscription is set by creators and starts at $0.49 per month in the U.S., also listeners can manage their subscription and switch from monthly to annual billing (if available) from their Apple ID Account Settings, accessible from the top of the Listen Now tab in Apple Podcasts.
Apple Podcasts subscription can available to purchased and gifted using Apple Gift Card. Also, Apple Card customers can get the benefit of 3 percent daily cash with each Apple Podcast subscription, and it can be shared with six family members through Family Sharing.