It seemed like a curious omission that when the new Apple TV launched to much fanfare during the final quarter of last year, it didn’t come preloaded with Apple’s ubiquitous Podcasts app. The Podcasts app had been standard issue on iOS devices as well as previous iterations of Apple’s set-top box for some time. But still, it was absent from the newly redesigned Apple TV.
And now, several months after the new Apple TV made its way into the hands of consumers, the device is finally getting an official Podcasts app from Apple. Earlier today, it was revealed that with the release of tvOS 9.1.1. (the special operating system for Apple TV’s), the Podcasts app will now be available to 4th-generation models of the media player.
If your Apple TV hasn’t already updated to the latest tvOS, you can force the update manually using the Settings app. Once the update is applied, the new Podcasts app will automatically show up on your home screen. Following suit with other Apple devices, the Podcasts app is a permanent fixture once it’s installed on the new Apple TV. It can’t be deleted.
The new version of the Apple TV set-top box from Apple, was greeted with much excitement from new media producers. This new iteration is the first version of the device to come with a built-in app store, making it easier for third-party developers to add their own content to the platform. Podcast and music distribution service Mixcloud recently announced the release of its own Apple TV app, which could make Mixcloud the first podcast app on Apple TV.
Users were surprised to discover Apple’s nearly ubiquitous Podcasts app missing from the new Apple TV. Podcasts has become a standard-issue app on most of Apple’s mobile devices, as well as previous versions of Apple TV. It seems likely that Podcasts will eventually make its way to the new Apple TV. Until then, users will have to rely on third-party apps or other workarounds to consume podcasts on the device.
Mixcloud describes its app as:
Enjoy your favourite shows, Podcasts and DJ mixes directly from the comfort of your living room.
From Science and Education to Technology and Food, access thousands of Podcasts directly from your TV using the Mixcloud app.
Access the best audio online via shows, reposts, favorites and playlists on any host’s profile page, all tailored to fit the Apple TV with a sleek custom design.
There are millions of hours of audio on Mixcloud, now you can search and find something to suit any occasion from the comfort of your couch.
The Mixcloud app is available as a free download from the App Store.
Yesterday, Apple held its “Spring Forward” event in San Francisco. Buzz for the event focused on Apple’s new smartwatch. But rumors that had been circulating for a few weeks suggested that there would also be news about Apple’s MacBook line of laptop computers as well as Apple TV, the company’s home media hub.
And while the Spring Forward event held plenty of fanfare tied in with some cool announcements, there wasn’t much to be excited about for new media producers. Here’s a breakdown:
Apple TV: The big announcement here focused on the HBO NOW app coming to Apple TV in April. And while HBO NOW may be a boon to Game of Thrones fans, many in the new media community were hoping Apple would finally announce the opening of an app store for Apple TV, similar to the stores that exist on Macs and iOS devices. No luck there.
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