Apple is delaying Podcasts subscriptions until June

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Apple is delaying the launch of its upcoming Podcasts subscriptions until June, the company announced in an email sent to creators on Friday (through 9to5Mac). The service was previously scheduled to launch this month.

With Apple’s Podcasts plans, people can subscribe to participating podcasts to get additional benefits such as ad-free listening or early access to episodes. In April, Apple said the plans would launch in 170 countries, with the first partners being Pushkin Industries and NPR.

The delayed launch is due to some creators using Apple Podcasts have run into some issues recentlysuch as not being able to log in to Apple’s Podcast Connect portal or seeing a delay in the availability of new episodes. In its email sent Friday, Apple said it has fixed the “disruptions” that caused problems.

You can read Apple’s full email to creators below, which the company shared with The edge.

We are writing to provide an update on the availability of Apple Podcasts subscriptions and channels. We’re excited about the response to last month’s announcement and it’s exciting to see hundreds of new subscriptions and channels submitted every day by creators around the world.

To ensure we provide the best experience for creators and listeners, Apple Podcasts subscriptions and channels are now launching in June. We will communicate further updates on availability and best practices through this newsletter to help you prepare your subscriptions and channels.

In recent weeks, some creators have experienced delays in the availability of their content and access to Apple Podcasts Connect. We have addressed these disruptions and encourage creators who are experiencing problems to do so Please contact us.

We’ve also heard from listeners and made adjustments based on their feedback with iOS 14.6 released on Monday. We will be introducing additional enhancements to Library in the coming weeks.

Thank you for your understanding. We can’t wait to see your new subscriptions and channels and look forward to launching them to listeners around the world soon.