In a continuing podcasting push, Apple earlier this year acquired Scout FM, a popular podcast app on iPhones, Android devices and Amazon Echo-smart speakers. Scout FM’s goal is to make listening to podcasts more like tuning in to radio stations.
Mark Gurman for Bloomberg:
While podcast apps, including Apple, traditionally work by letting users choose an individual podcast to listen to, Scout FM created podcast stations on a variety of topics. For example, if a person is interested in sports, the app would create a station that mixed together a curated selection of sports podcasts.
Scout FM was popular with some Apple device users and could be integrated with CarPlay, the interface that appears on supported car screens when connected to an iPhone, and Apple’s digital Siri assistant. It was also optimized for devices based on Amazon.com Inc.’s Alexa.
A spokesman for Apple confirmed the acquisition, but declined to comment further. The company closed the app after the purchase.
MacDailyNews Take: Expect an enhanced Apple Podcasts app somewhere down the line.