As of today, the mobile app will be free and its premium features will still be available. The company claims the change makes the software "more closely aligned with the model of open access to its ownership of the public media." If you recall, a group of public radio stations banded together to buy the app last year ̵
If you need access to Pocket Casts on your desktop, a new Pocket Casts Plus subscription offers just that. For 99 ¢ / month or $ 10 / year, you'll get access to the podcast app on macOS, Windows and the web. Until now, access to the desktop has required a one-time fee of $ 9 over the price of the mobile version. In addition to being able to use it on the desktop, Pocket Casts Plus also offers cloud storage for audio and video files as well as "exclusive application icons and themes."
If you have already paid for Pocket Casts, it will "automatically go to the free version. If you take care of your desktop access, you will get three years of Pocket Casts Plus for free. As these three years expire, you will need to engage with your new subscription to continue using it on your desktop.
"Anyone who has used the app so far has not paid a one-time fee for it," Pocket explained to CEO Owen Grover. "We recognize that the one-time download fee is antiquarian, so we're dropping it. Not because we are trying to move users to Plus, but rather so that we can align with the open access philosophy of our property in the public media. in fact, we think that only a small percentage of energy consumers will choose Pocket Casts Plus. "
Grover also confirmed that regular users would not receive a" copy or restricted version of the application. "
'We are not taking away any features from any of the mobile users,'" he said. "In fact, just the opposite – we were adding features and functionality at every step of the way, including this version."