Pocket Casts makes its podcast app free and launches a subscription service

Pocket Casts make a change to his recently announced subscriptions following a backlash from users who were angry about losing access to apps for which they had previously paid.


The company now gives lifetime free access to Pocket Casts Plus, the premium subscription service, to anyone who has paid for the web or desktop apps of the service before the price changes. These apps were previously available for sale and use with a one-time fee of $ 9, but now require a paid subscription of $ 0.99 per month or $ 10 per year to use.

Before Tuesday, Pocket Casts proudly praised his subscription-free subscription. "No monthly subscriptions or freemium hoo-ha," one of the promotional messages says, "We ask you for $ 9. Only once." However, it seems that the reality of running an ongoing cloud service the company now has caught up.

When it first announced the changes, Pocket Casts would have offered users three years of access to the premium subscription service if they had paid for these apps under the old purchase model. However, users were angry that their lifelong access was changed to a three-year subscription at night. “Yup, what I thought my lifelong pocketcasts were web purchases changed into a three-year rental period. Exactly what I wanted, & read a heavy-minded person Reddit comment.

In his blog post, Owen Grover, CEO of Pocket Casts, notes that the company is trying to make this change as quickly as possible. When I checked my own Windows 10 Pocket Casts app, it seems that the change has already been made. My own account is now listed as a lifelong membership of the premium service.

In addition to changes in access to its web and desktop apps, Grover does not mention any rollbacks to other initiatives, including making its mobile apps completely free and offering 10 GB of cloud storage to upload your own audio and video content with the premium service.

It may not be a hoo-ha, but Pocket Casts is definitely a freemium service now.