NEW YORK and ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA — Nov. 14, 2018
Pocket Casts, the world's most powerful podcast platform, today announced a major redesign that greatly improves the listening experience and reinforces the company's commitment to serving the medium's most passionate fans. The updates enable users to access their favorite podcasts seamlessly, with new tools at their disposal for discovery, curation, and playback, as well as an integration with Siri Shortcuts for iOS devices. Today's announcement comes just months after Pocket Casts' acquisition by the leading podcast publishers: NPR, WNYC Studios, WBEZ Chicago / This American Life, who are collectively responsible for more than 210 million podcast downloads per month.
“Podcasting fans are deeply engaged and passionate about their favorite shows,” said Owen Grover, CEO and an audio industry veteran. “They deserve a listening experience that's easy to use, powerful and flexible. With this release, we've made it simpler than ever before to find great new shows and listen across a host of different platforms.”
Pocket Casts' overhaul specifically includes the following enhancements:
Use Apple's smart assistant to launch your favorite shows
New human and algorithmic curation now delivers great recommendations on every platform and in every territory
Search within any podcast series to find a specific episode
Browse podcasts and play episodes without the need to subscribe to the show
Lists and show progress sync seamlessly across every platform
More powerful tools to organize your favorite shows and create playlists
Modern, streamlined design and powerful new features
New archiving features, playback effects while streaming, enhanced Apple Watch support, listening history and much more
“The leaders in public radio came together to acquire Pocket Casts because we wanted the best podcast platform available for our listeners and want to evolve it into an even more sophisticated platform for listeners and producers,” said Laura Walker, CEO of New York Public Radio and Pocket Casts board member. “This overhaul illustrates how we're delivering on that promise and offering both new and existing listeners a better experience.”
Created in 2010, Pocket Casts is one of the most celebrated and highly-rated platforms for podcast listening. The platform's listeners engage more than industry averages, tuning in nearly 7 hours per week with 50 percent of users returning daily. In all, the paid app features more than 500,000 podcasts for listeners to select from. Critically acclaimed, Pocket Casts has been recognized as "the podcast app every iPhone user needs" (WIRED) as well as "the best podcast app for Android" (The Verge).
About Pocket Casts
Built by podcast listeners, for podcast listeners, Pocket Casts is a critically acclaimed, beautifully designed app that's on a mission to create the world's greatest podcasting experience. We offer our users more control of their listening experience through features that make it easier to discover and organize podcasts, alongside powerful tools to customize the listening experience. Owned by a consortium of public radio stations in NPR, WNYC Studios, WBEZ Chicago and This American Life, we believe in great stories and are focused on helping publishers grow their audience. Headquartered in New York with offices in Adelaide, Australia, Pocket Casts is available for Android, iOS and online at www.pocketcasts.com, as well as CarPlay, Android Auto, Sonos, Apple Watch, Google Home and HomePod (via Google Cast and Airplay 2).