The Monetization-Feature Edition Saturday, July 17, 2021

Apple Podcasts Reliability Problem Is Turning Into An Image Problem, by Dan Moren, Six Colors

The bottom line is that it’s a shame that Apple’s addition of a monetization feature has ended up damaging its reputation amongst podcast creators.

Amazon Just Got Fakespot Booted Off Apple’s iOS App Store, by Sean Hollister, The Verge

Fakespot, known for its web browser extensions that try to weed out fake product reviews, suddenly no longer has an iPhone or iPad app — because Amazon sent Apple a takedown request, both Amazon and Fakespot confirm, and Apple decided to remove the app.


“The app in question provides customers with misleading information about our sellers and their products, harms our sellers’ businesses, and creates potential security risks. We appreciate Apple’s review of this app against its Appstore guidelines,” reads a statement from Amazon.

Tim Cook Says Apple Will Donate To Support Flood Relief Efforts In Western Europe, by Filipe Espósito, 9to5Mac

Apple CEO Tim Cook announced on Friday that Apple will make a donation to provide aid and relief efforts for regions affected by flooding in Western Europe.

Apple Is Tapping Watch Mastermind And Health Chief Kevin Lynch For Its Work On Self-driving Cars, by Blake Dodge, Business Insider

Apple's Kevin Lynch, a vice president of technology, has been tapped to help with the tech giant's secretive car project, four people familiar with the matter told Insider.


Evan Doll, a director of health software engineering, will replace Lynch on the staff, one of the people said.

Bottom of the Page

Doesn't Apple's News+ servers already deal with XML-like data feeds coming from many publishers, and pushing content down to many devices? Why is Apple seemingly having so much more problems with the Podcast servers? Is it because of a different scale, just because there are so many more podcasts than News+ publishers? Or is it because of budget, with Apple Podcasts still a (mostly) free product?


Thanks for reading.