Apple Podcast subscriptions & channels launching globally on June 15

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Apple has announced that it will launch podcast subscriptions globally on June 15, following a delay and technical issues in the Podcast app.

Apple confirmed the launch of in-app Podcast subscriptions and channels — which are groups of podcasts — in an email to podcast creators on Wednesday. That email was first spotted by The Verge.

Apple originally announced in-app podcast subscriptions in April with a planned launch for May. However, on May 28, Apple informed podcasters that the rollout of the premium subscription service would be pushed to June to ensure the "best experience for creators and listeners."

It isn't clear what caused the delay, but Apple Podcasts experienced a range of bugs and technical issues with the introduction of iOS 14.5. Those issues included missing episodes, absent show notes, and other problems.

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