ACAST, one of the world’s most popular podcast platforms, warned Tuesday it was shutting down its app.
The Swedish company tweeted that its millions of users “will soon need a new way to listen to your favorite podcasts.”
That means fans have to hop to other apps like Spotify or Apple Podcasts to follow their favorite shows.
Popular shows on Acast include Off Menu with Ed Gamble and James Acaster, Conan O’Brien Needs A Friend and My Dad Wrote A Porno.
Luckily for fans of these podcasts, they can be listened to on numerous other services.
Users migrating to other apps can learn more about keeping their subscriptions by going Acast’s website.
Acast announced the decision in March and revealed the ax would fall onto her platform sometime “later in the year”.
“Acast’s board of directors today decided that the company will retire its podcast app in 2022,” the company wrote on its website.
“The decision is based on the fact that the user data historically generated by the app has been replaced with better data sources and the app does not support the company’s vision of a fully open podcast ecosystem.”
The company said it will instead focus on its creator network and analytics services, which help support its advertising.
Acast recently added Peter Crouch to its network, taking his hugely popular That Peter Crouch Podcast out of the hands of the BBC.
Based in Stockholm, Acast was launched in 2014 as one of the first platforms where people could distribute and listen to podcasts.
It currently hosts more than 40,000 shows and boasts 350 million monthly listeners.
However, the vast majority of these listeners tune in to Acast shows on other platforms. The Acast app itself has relatively few users.
Ross Adams, CEO of Acast, said in March: “The app has been with us since the beginning and has been a great help in the development of our previous services and features aimed at creators and advertisers.
“Now is the time to focus even more on our vision for the future of Acast.
“We strongly believe in the independent and open podcasting ecosystem and to live up to our promise of being completely platform agnostic we will not have our own app.
“We want to focus on the products that create the most value for our developers and our advertisers.
The Sun has reached out to Acast for comment.
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