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Apple Podcasts for Mac – What’s New from Apple Worldwide Developers Conference 2019

There’s some big things to look forward to in the podcast world as the Apple Wordwide Developers Conference 2019 announcements confirm some major shakeup and the inevitable demise of iTunes. You probably may have also already received the Podcast Provider’s update but if you have not read it yet, here is a more detailed information on the things mentioned in that email: Podcast App for Mac

Apple Podcasts for Mac

A standalone podcast app for Mac is set to launch this Summer but Apple Developer program members can preview the new Apple Podcast for Mac now.

Podcast Search Enhancements

The search enhancements will now allow listeners to discover shows based on:
  • transcripts
  • topics and,
  • people
Here are some of the guidelines outlined in order for your show to be eligible
  • Aspect ratio: 3:4
  • Size: minimum 1080 x 1440 pixels
  • Format: PNG or JPG
Additional guidelines:
  • Talent should face and look into the camera
  • Fit the entire face of the person within the image
  • Leave padding between edge of the image and the person’s face
  • Optional: white background
Things to avoid:
  • No borders of any kind
  • No pixelation or low-resolution images
  • No typography or logos of any kind
  • Don’t crop head, ears, or chin
Selected top shows in English will be the first to experience these search enhancements while more will be added later this year.

Apple Podcasts Categories

  • New categories. We’ll be introducing new top-level categories such as Fiction, History, and True Crime. Additionally, dozens of new subcategories will be available. For example, Fiction > Drama.
  • Renamed categories. For clarity, some categories will be renamed. When possible, shows will be mapped to the updated category or subcategory value upon launch. For example, Sports & Recreation > Outdoor will become Sports > Wilderness.
  • Discontinued subcategories. Some subcategories will be discontinued. Shows with a subcategory that will no longer be available will still retain its top-level category. For example, Sports & Recreation > Professional will be displayed as Sports until a new subcategory value is added to the RSS feed.
Check out the new set of categories and see if you need to update your show’s category.    
  1. Books
  2. Design
  3. Fashion & Beauty
  4. Food
  5. Performing Arts
  6. Visual Arts
  1. Careers
  2. Entrepreneurship
  3. Investing
  4. Management
  5. Marketing
  6. Non-Profit
  1. Comedy Interviews
  2. Improv
  3. Stand-Up
  1. Courses
  2. How To
  3. Language Learning
  4. Self-Improvement
  1. Comedy Fiction
  2. Drama
  3. Science Fiction
  1. Alternative Health
  2. Fitness
  3. Medicine
  4. Mental Health
  5. Nutrition
  6. Sexuality
  1. Education for Kids
  2. Parenting
  3. Pets & Animals
  4. Stories for Kids
  1. Animation & Manga
  2. Automotive
  3. Aviation
  4. Crafts
  5. Games
  6. Hobbies
  7. Home & Garden
  8. Video Games
  1. Music Commentary
  2. Music History
  3. Music Interviews
  1. Business News
  2. Daily News
  3. Entertainment News
  4. News Commentary
  5. Politics
  6. Sports News
  7. Tech News
  1. Buddhism
  2. Christianity
  3. Hinduism
  4. Islam
  5. Judaism
  6. Religion
  7. Spirituality
  1. Astronomy
  2. Chemistry
  3. Earth Sciences
  4. Life Sciences
  5. Mathematics
  6. Natural Sciences
  7. Nature
  8. Physics
  9. Social Sciences
  1. Documentary
  2. Personal Journals
  3. Philosophy
  4. Places & Travel
  5. Relationships
  1. Baseball
  2. Basketball
  3. Cricket
  4. Fantasy Sports
  5. Football
  6. Golf
  7. Hockey
  8. Rugby
  9. Running
  10. Soccer
  11. Swimming
  12. Tennis
  13. Volleyball
  14. Wilderness
  15. Wrestling
  1. After Shows
  2. Film History
  3. Film Interviews
  4. Film Reviews
  5. TV Reviews
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