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Apple rebrands iTunes Podcasts directory as Apple Podcasts, new badge for publishers to use
Apple has today rebranded its iTunes Podcasts offering as ‘Apple Podcasts', encapsulating the podcast directory and the client Podcasts app available on iPhone and iPad.
Although today's announcement is merely a branding change, it may indicate a renewed focus by Apple on podcasting. Full marketing guidelines for podcasters can be found here.
In February, Eddy Cue teased that the company is working on new features for podcasts at the Code Media conference. Combined with this rebranding, it is possible that Apple is readying a big announcement for later this year, potentially at WWDC.
Named as Apple Podcasts, it clearly aligns the product in the same ballpark as Apple Music. This sparks speculation that Apple could launch a podcast subscription service, mirroring their $9.99 Apple Music offering, to provide a platform for podcast monetization and premium shows.
Whilst this would be an interesting direction for Apple to take, it is by no means a certainty. Apple could also add easy ways for publishers to make money from iOS listeners, almost like a Patreon service provided by Apple.