Pocket Casts will give existing desktop customers Plus for life

If you paid the one-time $9 fee for desktop access, you now get Pocket Casts Plus at no cost.

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Earlier this week the popular podcast app Pocket Casts announced some big changes. In addition to making the mobile app free, Pocket Casts unveiled a new paid subscription tier, Pocket Casts Plus. It said customers who previously paid for desktop access (a one-time fee of $9) would be given three years of access to the new Plus version. That didn't go over well with existing customers, so Pocket Casts has backtracked. Now, the company says anyone who paid for the desktop version will be given lifetime access to the new Plus tier.

If you're new to Pocket Casts (or you only had the mobile version) and want to upgrade to Plus, it will cost you 99¢/month or $10/year. You'll get access on macOS, Windows and the web. The paid subscription comes with cloud storage for audio and video files, and it includes "exclusive app icons and themes."

We're longtime fans of Pocket Casts, and while the company faced criticism here, the big news should be that the mobile app is now free. Pocket Casts admits charging customers to download the app was antiquated and says making the app free is "more closely aligned with the open-access model of its public media ownership."

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