Apple Quietly Cuts Podcasts Free From iTunes
Apple today released a dedicated app for finding, downloading, and listening to podcasts on iOS devices. Podcast functionality was previously part of the Music and iTunes apps. The new app continues Apple's recent efforts to de-couple non-music functions from iTunes, and to create an ecosystem that's more mobile-centric, instead of computer-centric. The app includes ways to find and subscribe to podcasts, plus social sharing features. Playback controls include variable speed playback. The app is available now - for free - from Apple's App Store.
Google Music for Android Gains Support for Podcasts
Google today added podcasts to the online and Android versions of its Google Music service. Similar to how Google Music suggests playlists for certain moods or activities, so too will the service recommend podcasts based on interests and activities.
Apple Unbundles Huge Number of Apps from the iPhone, Allows Users to Delete Them
Apple today pulled a number of its own, core apps out of iOS and dumped them into the iTunes App Store. Apps such as FaceTime and Mail — made by Apple — have only received updates once per year when Apple updates the entire iOS.
Apple Music for Android Reaches Version 1.0
Apple updated its Music app for Android devices and it has finally exited beta status. The 1.0 app adds a single feature in its full release, a graphic equalizer tool for adjusting sound levels.
Google Improves Playlist Discoverability in Google Home App
Google has made it simpler to find music when casting or streaming thanks to a small update to the Google Home app. The latest version of Google Home now includes a Listen tab that's dedicated to music.