Apple have just introduced a huge change to their podcast-position, shifting from being a search and aggregator to being a podcast hosting provider. As a hosting provider they’re offering two ways for listeners to listen to podcasts: Follow them (same way that ‘subscribing’ used to work) or (NEW) “Subscribe” to them for access to paid content.
To use their system, Apple requires that “subscriber audio” must have DRM applied. To ensure the best possible audio quality via Apples offering, I’ve gone back to the original Ad-Free edits and project files and re-exported them as the highest possible quality WAV format. So when Apple’s system re-encodes them, they are as high-quality as possible for your enjoyment (though now with DRM). It took a few weeks of effort to get the back-catalogue in Apples system, but I think the result is well worth it!
All of the existing Bonus Audio that is associated with a specific show that is currently available on Patreon has been added to Apple Subscriber Channel for TEN. Therefore from Day 1 of launch the channel already has ad-free, high-quality episodes for:
In future, early releases (when available) will be released to Apple Subscribers in step with Patreon Premium early-releases.
To align the Apple Podcasts Subscription/Support with Patreon, the subscription rate is equal to the Premium support level as follows:
TEN will be offered only as a single channel you can subscribe to in the same way as Patreon. There are some pros and cons though if you want to support TEN, between Patreon and Apple:
In terms of which method delivers the most end value to TEN (least fees) then it’s:
Either way if you’re an existing Patreon or BitCoin/Lightning supporter then there’s no reason to shift to a different platform. Then again, if you’re a big fan of the shows and you’re a long-time Apple eco-system user and you’ve been on the fence for a while, then perhaps this is the opportunity you’ve been waiting for.
As always, thank you everyone for your continued support and I hope you enjoy the additional flexibility in supporting and listening to our shows.