Pocket Casts goes free with present options included, provides ‘Plus’ subscription

The podcasting business is booming with heavy funding from massive gamers like Google, Apple, and Spotify. NPR and a public radio consortium final 12 months acquired Pocket Casts to supply its personal expertise and already launched a major update in March with version 7.0. Today, Pocket Casts goes free and including a “Plus” subscription.

Previously $3.99 for Android and iOS, the podcast participant is now free to obtain. One frequent concern with paid apps dropping value tags fully is options changing into tiered behind a subscription. Fortunately, the free Pocket Casts will “retain all of the existing features that listeners know and love.”

This consists of present darkish theme choices, cross-platform playback sync, audio results like trimming silence and sorting. Pocket Casts will proceed so as to add new options without spending a dime, and immediately’s announcement coincides with the power to play customized audio and video recordsdata.

That stated, Pocket Casts Plus now exists at $.99 per thirty days or $10 yearly. It provides 10GB of cloud storage to add and save customized recordsdata. This locker can be utilized to hear or watch episodes earlier than publishing, or storing audiobooks, lecture notes, and different long-form audio to play wherever the consumer is accessible.

The subscription will even present entry to macOS, Windows, and internet apps. If you beforehand purchased the $9 desktop consumer, you’ll obtain three free years of Pocket Casts Plus. The final profit is unique app icons and themes.

According to the app’s homeowners, a free Pocket Casts is “more closely aligned with the open-access model of its public media ownership.” It comes as Apple and Google Podcasts are free to make use of and — extra importantly — already accessible on each system, whereas Spotify now provides a listing of reveals and participant with everybody’s month-to-month music subscription.

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