Apple adds podcast subscriptions as competition mounts
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San Francisco (AFP) – Apple is adding a subscription option to its pioneering podcasting service, evidently moving to fend off fast-growing rival Spotify. Beginning in May, podcast fans around the world will be able to sign up for subscriptions for perks such as ad-free listening or exclusive content from creators, the tech giant said during a streamed media event Tuesday. “Now, you can help your favorite podcasters build their business and fuel their creativity,” Apple chief Tim Cook said during a presentation from the company’s headquarters in Silicon Valley. The subscription feature comes w…

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