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Pushkin Industries Announced PushNik Premium Subscription Service



Jacob Weisberg, co-founder and CEO of Pushkin Industries, announced PushNik, a premium audio subscription that will launch with Apple Podcast Subscriptions. Pushkin Industries is known for its thoughtful, chart-topping podcasts, including Revisionist History hosted by Pushkin co-founder and President Malcolm Gladwell, The Happiness Lab with Dr. Laurie Santos, Against the Rules with Michael Lewis, The Last Archive with Jill Lepore, Cautionary Tales with Tim Harford, Broken Record, and the recent #1 Apple Podcasts hit Lost Hills.

“The advertising model has fueled a huge burst of creative output and will always be important to podcasting,” said Weisberg. “But Malcom and I have always believed that paid content — whether it be through membership programs or single purchase products like audiobooks — are what independent creators like us need to thrive over the long term.

At launch, the benefits of a PushNik membership include:

  • Ad-free listening across the catalogue of independently produced Pushkin podcasts, including Revisionist History, The Happiness Lab, and Against the Rules.
  • Extended “Producer’s Cut” episodes from the Broken Record archive, including iconic interviews with legendary host Rick Rubin.
  • The first in a series of “Where Are They Now?” Episodes from Against the Rules, in which Michael Lewis and his producers catch up with key figures from the show’s first two seasons.
  • Weekly news roundups from Deep Background host and Harvard Law professor Noah Feldman, including his analysis on important Supreme Court decisions.

Over time, PushNik subscribers – “PushNiks” — will also have access to:

  • Behind-the-scenes episodes and other bonus content from fan-favorite hosts, including Malcolm Gladwell, Dr. Laurie Santos, Michael Lewis, Jill Leopore, Tim Hartford, and Rick Rubin.
  • Exclusive previews of upcoming shows and audiobooks.
  • Early or “binge” access to select new series.

Much-anticipated next seasons of Revisionist History, The Happiness Lab and Against the Rules are scheduled to premiere later this year, and the Pushkin content calendar also includes:

  • The Bomber Mafia audiobook, inspired by several episodes from the fifth season of Revisionist History, The Bomber Mafia is Malcolm Gladwell’s next audiobook, which expands on these episodes and has been produced intentionally for the audiobook format.
  • The Last Archive. Harvard professor and New Yorker staff writer Jill Lepore’s podcast returns for a second season and explores the evolution of doubt over the course of the 20th century.
  • A Slight Change of Plans. A new interview show hosted by Dr. Maya Shankar about navigating change.
  • Be Antiracist with Ibram X. Kendi. The esteemed writer and scholar dissect the politics that contribute to racial inequality and social injustice in this co-production with iHeartMedia.

Monthly subscriptions to PushNik will cost $4.99 per month, and the introductory annual membership costs $39.99 per year. Annual memberships will increase to $49.99 per year in August. Pushkin shows will remain free with ads on Apple Podcasts and other podcast platforms.


QCODE+ Subscription Service Launched on Apple Podcasts



QCODE+, a premium content studio and podcast network, announced that it has launched QCODE+ on Apple Podcasts Subscriptions. QCODE+ will allow fiction fans to dive deeper into the QCODE universe with a library of over 12 chart-topping shows and many more coming this year.

“With QCODE+, we are excited to have the opportunity to delight fans by giving them deeper access into the fictional worlds across all of our series, all in one place, along with incredible bonus content and additional perks,” said Rob Herting, CEO and founder QCODE.

“Apple has been in podcasts since the very beginning and Apple Podcasts reaches millions of listeners globally,” said Steve Wilson, Chief Strategy Officer at QCODE. “We’re thrilled to partner with Apple as subscriptions will further diversify monetization in the podcast industry.”

At launch, QCODE+ members will be able to listen to their favorite past series and enjoy new ones completely uninterrupted – without any advertising in the middle of the episodes – to allow for an immersive listening experience. In addition to these benefits across the QCODE+ catalog, over time subscribers will enjoy access to an increasing library of exclusive content including:

  • Bonus episodes
  • Conversations with creators
  • Alternate endings
  • Special “making of” episodes

QCODE’s “Making” series will provide fans with special insight into their favorite QCODE shows for the ultimate experience. Hear creators Rhys Wakefield and William Day Frank dive deeper into the themes of From Now while giving fans an in-depth view at the production process and what it takes to build a world within a podcast.

Left Right Game creator Jack Anderson takes the audience further into his process and shares how his series went from cult internet status to Ambie Award-nominated podcast to an upcoming television series.

Fans will also be the first to hear from talent and creators of upcoming QCODE series such as Golden-Globe winning Rosamund Pike’s satire Edith and Blackout Season 2 with Academy Award-winning Rami Malek and Aja Naomi King.

QCODE+ is available worldwide for $2.99 per month on Apple Podcasts. QCODE series – without the perks of QCODE+ – will remain available for free on Apple Podcasts and other podcast platforms.


Lemonada Media Launched Lemonada Premium on Apple Podcast Subscriptions



Lemonada Media announced a new membership offering titled “Lemonada Premium,” the premier way to get your Lemonada, launching worldwide with Apple Podcast Subscriptions.

For one simple $4.99 per month, Lemonada Premium members will enjoy access to our full slate of original podcasts, including Last Day, Add to Cart, Good Sex, The Cost of Care, and more, plus:

  • Early access to listen to select new series
  • Exclusive and bonus content
  • Behind the scenes access to Lemonada talent
  • Discounts on tickets for special events and Lemonada merchandise

“Lemonada Premium is a golden opportunity for our diverse host community to develop a deeper relationship with their listeners,” said Stephanie Wittels Wachs, Lemonada’s Chief Content Officer and co-founder. “Listeners on Apple Podcasts will be able to get even more from their Lemonada experiences and support the work that we do to make life suck less.”

“We’re grateful to the innovative team at Apple for supporting high-end, world-shaping content and forging a new path for monetization, said Lemonada CEO and co-founder Jessica Cordova Kramer. “We’re excited to be part of Apple Podcasts Subscriptions from day one.”

Lemonada Premium will be accessible as a new channel on Apple Podcasts – making it easy for listeners to find all of Lemonada’s series and offerings in one place. Lemonada’s podcasts will continue to be offered on other platforms.


Luminary Announced New Subscription Channel on Apple Podcasts



Luminary, a subscription podcast network, announced the launch of a new subscription channel on Apple Podcasts when the new subscription platform debuted worldwide in May, making Luminary Original Podcasts available globally to Apple Podcasts listeners.

“We’re thrilled to collaborate with Apple, the house that built podcasting, to bring our original content to millions of listeners across the world,” said Simon Sutton, Luminary CEO.

“When we founded Luminary, we believed that supporting premium subscription podcast content was important to listeners and creators alike. Distributing our content on Apple Podcasts is a critical step in fulfilling our vision,” said Matt Sacks, Luminary Co-founder and Executive Chairman.

The Luminary channel will include all 35 Luminary Original podcasts, including Under the Skin with Russell Brand, Snap Judgement Presents: Spooked, The C-Word with Lena Dunham and Leon Neyfakh in the coming months, among others.

Luminary also announced The Midnight Miracle, a new show from creators Talib Kweli, Yaslin Bey, and Dave Chappelle. The Midnight Miracle will begin releasing episodes in May. Luminary will also debut new shows and seasons from Russell Brand, Kamaro Brown, Lena Dunham and Leon Neyfakh in the coming months, among others.

All Luminary Original Podcasts will continue to be available for subscribers on Luminary’s app in the 12 countries it is currently available, as well as in Apple Podcasts’ Luminary channel when it debuts.

Listeners will be able to access all Luminary Original Podcasts after a seven-day free trial for $34.99 per year, equivalent to $2.99 per month, or for $5.99 per month through the Luminary app, available in 12 countries. With Apple Podcasts Subscriptions, listeners in more than 170 countries and regions can access the Luminary channel on Apple Podcasts for $5.99 per month after a seven-day free trial.


Apple Unveiled Apple Podcast Subscriptions



Apple unveiled Apple Podcast Subscriptions, a global marketplace for listeners to discover premium subscriptions offered by their favorite creators alongside millions of free shows on Apple Podcasts.

Starting in May, listeners in more than 170 countries and regions can sign up for premium subscriptions that include a variety of benefits curated by creators, such as ad-free listening, access to additional content, and early or exclusive access to new series. Listeners will be able to enjoy premium subscriptions from independent voices and premier studios, including Tenderfoot TV, Pushkin Industries, Radiotopia from PRX, and QCODE, to leading media and entertainment brands, including NPR, the Los Angeles Times, The Athletic, Sony Music Entertainment, and many more.

Also next month, listeners will be able to discover channels, which are groups of shows curated by creators with unique titles, descriptions, and artwork. Just as they can with shows, listeners will be able to browse free channels, which make it easy to find more shows from their favorite creators, as well as paid channels and channels that provide additional benefits for subscribers.

With iOS 14.5, listeners can access a redesigned Apple Podcasts app featuring an enhanced Search tab that provides quick access to Top Charts and categories. Apple Podcasts also features beautiful new pages for every show and episode to make it easier to follow, listen, and share. The new Smart Play button helps listeners automatically start episodic shows from the latest episode and serialized shows from the beginning of each series. Listeners can also now save individual episodes, which are downloaded for offline playback, making it easy to bookmark podcasts to listen to later from Library.

The new Apple Podcasts for Creators website helps creators learn more about podcasting, stay informed about the latest news and features, and explore in-depth guides with best practices. Starting today, all creators can access an updated Apple Podcasts Connect dashboard, which has new features that make it easier to manage shows on Apple Podcasts, including the ability to edit metadata, schedule and manage show availability, organizing shows into channels, manage multiple users and roles, and learn how listeners are engaging with their shows through new performance and metrics and visualization tools.

From Apple Podcasts Connect, creators can enroll in the new Apple Podcasters Program, which provides access to all the tools needed to build and distribute premium subscriptions on Apple Podcasts.


Apple Launched Apple Podcasts Spotlight, Considers a Subscription Service



Apple Podcasts has launched Apple Podcasts Spotlight. The first podcast to be featured is Celebrity Book Club Podcast which is hosted by Chelsea Devantez.

Mac Rumors posted this quote:

Apple Podcasts Spotlight helps listeners find some of the world’s best shows by shining a light on creators with singular voices,” said Ben Cave, Global Head of Business for Apple Podcasts. “Chelsea Devantez has created a fun, vibrant space with Celebrity Book Club for listeners to gain new perspectives on the celebrities we thought we knew. We are delighted to recognize Chelsea and Celebrity Book Club as our first Spotlight selection and look forward to introducing creators like Chelsea to listeners each month.

Mac Rumors reported that Apple will announce new Spotlight creators on a monthly basis. The feature will represent a wide range of podcast genres, formats, and locations, with a focus on independent voices.

The announcement of Apple Podcasts Spotlight comes after The Information reported that Apple is discussing a new subscription service that would charge people to listen to podcasts (according to people familiar with the matter).

The Information noted that Apple’s subscription service “could pose a threat to Spotify, SiriusXM, Amazon, and other big companies that have in the past couple of years swallowed up podcasting production firms in an effort to gain more control of the podcast ad market.” The Information states that Apple charging for individual podcast could potentially give podcast creators a way to make money.

Bloomberg also reported that Apple is working on adding a subscription service with its partners (again, according to people familiar with the matter). Apple reportedly talked about stepping up funding for new shows and marketing.

It is unclear to me whether Apple Podcasts Spotlight would have anything to do with Apple’s subscription service. My concern is that people who listen to podcasts on Apple Podcasts will lose access to the podcasts they love – unless they buy a subscription. Will Apple Podcasts become yet another “walled garden”?


Apple Seeks a US and Canada Editor for Apple Podcasts



Apple is Seeking a US and Canada Editor for Apple Podcasts. This is a marketing position that is located in Los Angeles, California.

Apple Podcasts offers stories that entertain, inform, and inspire, and delivers over one million shows to listeners in 175 countries. In addition to iOS, Apple TV, Apple Watch, and Mac, Apple Podcasts also has a skill on Amazon Alexa. But we’re just getting started.

To help listeners discover their next favorite podcast our editorial team curates the service across all platforms. We are looking for a passionate Editor for our Apple Podcasts service in the US and Canada to help drive this effort. Do you have a passion for introducing the incredible creativity at the heart of podcasting to listeners? Then we want to hear from you!

You will be located in Los Angeles and report into the Worldwide Head of Podcast Editorial.

Key Qualifications include:

  • You love podcast and audio storytelling more than anything and have an extensive knowledge about the field, even beyond your personal tastes.
  • Experience (5+ years) in curation and programming in the media or entertainment industries.
  • Passion for and understanding of Apple brand and products.
  • Comfortable delivering against tight and sometimes shifting deadlines.
  • Extraordinary social and relationship-building interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills and the ability to balance priorities at all times.
  • Ability to analyze and communicate results, analysis and insights clearly and effectively to leaders with proficiency in Excel/Numbers and Keynote.
  • Integrity, a sense of humor, and excellent interpersonal skills.

Education and Experience:

  • BA/BSc in a related field is a plus.
  • An MBA or equivalent with media marketing or marketing focus is valued but not required.
  • French language skills are a plus.

Those who are interested can submit their resume through the Apple website where the position is listed.


Apple Podcasts Now Available in More Countries



Apple announced in April that even more customers around the world can enjoy many of Apple’s most popular services. This includes Apple Podcasts (as well as The App Store, Apple Arcade, Apple Music, and iCloud). Apple Podcasts is now available to people in 20 more countries. Apple Music is available in 52 additional countries.

“We’re delighted to bring many of Apple’s most beloved Services to users in more countries than ever before,” said Oliver Schusser, Apple’s vice president of Apple Music and International Content. “We hope our customers can discover their new favorite apps, games, music, and podcasts as we continue to celebrate the world’s best creators, artists, and developers.

Apple Podcasts (and The App Store, Apple Arcade, Apple Music, and iCloud) are now available in the following countries and regions:

  • Africa: Cameron, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Libya, Morroco, Rwanda, and Zambia
  • Asia-Pacific: Maldives and Myanmar
  • Europe: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kosovo, Montenegro, and Serbia
  • Middle East: Afghanistan (excluding Apple Music) and Iraq
  • Oceania: Nauru (excluding Apple Music), Tonga and Vanuatu.

Apple describes Apple Podcasts as “the best place to browse and listen to the world’s largest catalog of podcasts, now featuring over 1 million shows in more than 100 languages and 175 countries and regions.”


Apple Podcasts Made a COVID-19 Essential Listening Channel



One would assume that the majority of people who visit Apple Podcasts go there because they want to find a specific podcast that they just heard about. Others go there to find a new podcast to listen to after the one they were enjoying came to an end. You might not think of Apple Podcasts as a place to find news about COVID-19, but they have created a collection of it for “news junkies” to listen to.

Apple Podcasts’s COVID-19: Essential Listening collection has more episodes, news, and podcasts dedicated to information about COVID-19 than anyone could binge listen to in a few days (or maybe even weeks). The collection is described this way:

No medium is better suited to reacting to and providing context for the current unique circumstances across the globe than podcasts. Nimble and efficient and personal in ways that other sources of information cannot always be, these program have quickly become integral parts of our lives – and its no surprise how many have sprung up so quickly in response to this worldwide crisis.

This frequently updated field guide will help direct you towards the most useful shows out there – from the most urgent reporting and expert analysis surrounding the fast-evolving pandemic to advice on protecting the physical and mental health of you and your loved ones during these unusual times. Stay informed, stay home, and keep coming back here for more of the reporting, storytelling, and words of wisdom you need to get through this.


Here are a few of the COVID-19 focused podcasts that are featured:

  • Coronavirus: Fact vs. Fiction with Dr. Sanjay Gupta – CNN. (This one is also produced in Spanish).
  • Coronavirus Global Update – BBC World Services
  • COVID-19: What You Need to Know – ABC News
  • Coronavirus Daily – NPR
  • Daily Coronavirus Update – iHeartRadio
  • Politico Dispatch – Politico
  • AP Ground Game: Inside the Outbreak – The AP / Westwood One Podcast Network
  • Social Distance – The Atlantic
  • Into America – NBC & MSNBC
  • Fighting Coronavirus, from American Innovations – Wondery
  • Science VS – Gimlet
  • PBS News Hour – Health – PBS Newshour
  • Coronavirus in California – L.A. Times