Apple Podcasts will manage episode downloads to save storage space

Apple is giving podcasts a useful boost, both for listeners and podcasters. Like Tech Crunch explains, the impending upgrades to iOS 15.5, iPadOS 15.5, and macOS 12.4 will finally give you a host of advanced tools to limit the storage of podcasts on your devices. You can tell the Podcasts app to only download a certain number of recent episodes, those within a set time frame (like a week or a month), or only new episodes. You can also disable downloads altogether, which is useful if you’re using a small iPhone and need every gigabyte you can get.


The new operating system upgrades will also give you the option of annual subscriptions for paid podcasts. You will also be able to browse shows by season and filter episodes based on their status.

You can also see more podcasts. Apple has unveiled plans for a “delegated delivery” feature that allows creators to submit free and paid shows to podcasts through third-party providers like Acast, Libsyn and Omny Studio. The move should make it much easier for producers to distribute their shows across platforms — they could make a series available through Podcasts, Spotify, and other major platforms while managing content in one place.

Delegated delivery will be available this fall and will be free whether or not creators are part of the Apple Podcasters program. They will only have to join this program to publish paid material. The move is actually Apple’s response to Spotify’s anchor and should increase the chances that your favorite show will be available through your listening app of choice.

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