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Apple to Launch Standalone Podcast App with iOS 6

With the release of the iOS 6 beta, folks out there are trying to figure out every new change introduced. Earlier this week, AppAdvice pointed out that the three categories of content had disappeared from the iTunes app in iOS 6: Podcasts, Audiobooks, and iTunes U. Earlier this year, Apple launched a stand alone iTunes U app, but what the company was going to do with other apps in iOS 6 remained unclear.

Now, AllThingsD reports that Apple will also be launching a standalone app for podcasts in iOS 6. By doing so, this will give them a much higher visibility and will help simplify the iTunes app. Currently, iTunes is cluttered with a large number of content categories.

So why have podcasts disappeared from the new version of iTunes that Apple started showing to developers this week?

Because Apple plans on giving the recordings their own bit of digital turf.

People familiar with Apple’s plans tell me that when its new iOS 6 software becomes widely available this fall, podcasts will have their own app, where users will be able to discover, download and play them on mobile devices. Users who access iTunes via laptop and desktop machines will still find them in that version of iTunes, though.

Podcasts are one of the most used media types on Apple’s devices, and have been available through the iTunes Store since the release of iTunes 4.9 in mid-2005.

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