Apple Podcast subscriptions, which was announced in April and expected to ship in May, is finally rolling out worldwide. Listeners can support independent creators and studios by buying subscriptions in more than 170 countries and regions.
The price of Podcast subscriptions starts at $0.49 per month and will be set by the creators. While it’ll be billed monthly by default, creators can choose to offer an annual billing option. Sample episodes and free trials may also be available.
Subscribers to a show will automatically start following the show when they subscribe and see a Subscriber Edition label. When a listener subscribes to a channel, the Listen Now tab expands to provide access to all the channel’s content included with the subscription.
Those who subscribe to two or more channels will see a My Channels row in the Listen Now tab, where they can browse all the content offered under the subscriptions.
“Apple Podcasts Subscriptions will help creators grow their businesses and continue to make podcasting an important source of information, entertainment, connection, and inspiration for hundreds of millions of listeners around the world,” said Oliver Schusser, Apple’s vice president of Apple Music and Beats.
Apple Podcasts Subscriptions will allow listeners to subscribe to additional or exclusive content from creators, including Tenderfoot TV, Pushkin Industries, Radiotopia from PRX, and QCODE, NPR, the Los Angeles Times, The Athletic, Sony Music Entertainment, and many more. The subscription also offers an ad-free experience.
Apple Podcast subscriptions are available on devices running iOS 14.6, iPadOS 14.6, watchOS 7.5 and macOS 11.4 or newer.
Creators interested in offering subscriptions can check out there options here.