Podcast app Pocket Casts relaunches, hoping to make podcasts less excruciating to find

CNET | 11/14/2018 | Joan E. Solsman
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Pocket Casts overhauled its app to upgrade discovery, curation and playback.

Podcast app Pocket Casts relaunched Wednesday with an overhauled app and a mission to make podcasts less awful to discover. It's a coming-out party for the podcast app taken over by a group of public radio giants earlier this year.

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In recent months, podcasting as a format has seemed like a bubble that may have popped. In a string of gut punches, BuzzFeed laid off its in-house audio team in September, podcast network Panoply eliminated its editorial division and Amazon-owned audiobook company Audible slashed its podcastlike original programming unit. But podcasting defenders describe those setbacks as aberrations, noting that other companies are betting on the durability of podcasts, including Spotify, iHeartRadio and Pandora.

Pocket Casts CEO Owen Grover argues that one of podcasting's liabilities has been the hurdles you have to jump to find programs you like if you aren't already a podcast superfan. "Podcasting fans ......
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