Apple podcast language moving from “subscribe” to “follow”

Podnews (via 9to5Mac):

Apple Podcasts will no longer use the word “subscribe” in a few weeks. Listeners will be invited to “follow” their favourite podcasts instead. The new wording will be in iOS 14.5, which should be released later this month (and is available in beta). We expect Apple to communicate further with creators, and listeners, when this version of iOS is released.


Tom Webster from Edison Research says 47% of people who don’t currently listen to podcasts think that ‘subscribing’ to a podcast will cost money, describing it as a stone in the shoe of podcasting’s growth run.

Here are some pics of the new language from the iOS 14.5 beta.

Makes sense to me. Apple standardizing on the word subscribe meaning “pay for it”.