Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Pocket Casts Goes Freemium

Morgan Wynn (via Jeff Perry, Hacker News):

Starting today, podcast fans all over the world can download Pocket Casts for free. Known for its beautiful design and robust set of controls, Pocket Casts is making the entirety of its existing features available at no charge. Power users looking for even more customization can upgrade to Pocket Casts Plus for USD$0.99 per month (USD$10/year). With these changes, we are now more closely aligned with the open-access model of our public media ownership.


Pocket Casts Plus, for those power listeners looking for even more control, offers:

  • Desktop apps including macOS, Windows and Web apps
  • Cloud storage for creators and listeners who want to use Pocket Casts for all of their audio and video files
  • Exclusive app icons and themes

The other way of looking at this is that some stuff that was previously covered with a one-time $9 payment is now under a $10 subscription. You get a three-year credit if you had previously paid.


Update (2019-09-27): Owen Grover (tweet):

Although we intended to demonstrate our appreciation to our most loyal users, we know many of you feel we missed the mark. With that in mind, today we’ve decided to provide any user who previously purchased our Web version with lifetime access to Pocket Casts Plus. This includes the Mac and Windows apps as well. No renewal, no monthly charge, no questions asked.

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This is IMHO the best podcast app, especially for syncing across multiple device types.

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