Apple confirmed that it purchased the podcast curation app Scout FM earlier this year
- This may mean that its podcasts and other applications will have new AI capabilities.
- Apple’s Podcast application mainly works by a la carte, where you can manually select, subscribe, and listen to Podcasts.
According to Bloomberg News, Apple has purchased Scout FM, an app that makes it easy to find podcasts that suit your tastes. Scout FM not only allows you to select individual podcasts but also curates them based on your listening history.
Just like YouTube or TikTok, its AI algorithm adapts to your preferences over time, thus eliminating things you might skip.
Apple confirmed the acquisition, which reportedly happened earlier this year. The app was once available on iOS (including CarPlay), Android, and Alexa, but Apple shut it down on all platforms shortly after the deal was concluded.
Podcasts have always been popular on Apple devices and have had dedicated applications since 2012. Apple has also recently begun to develop and purchase its exclusive podcasts to better compete with Spotify, which recently started from popular comedian and broadcaster Joe Rogan (Joe Rogan).
Apple’s Podcast application mainly works by a la carte, where you can manually select, subscribe, and listen to Podcasts.
After the acquisition, Apple may launch features that can surface and automatically play content related to your taste.
This will provide you with an easier way and enable you to discover content you couldn’t see before, just like Apple Music can do now.
Apple allows Solo Loop to be returned without returning the watch
MacRumors and some Twitter users said that Apple has now resolved the fit and return issues. According to reports, you can only send the band back and you should be able to process the return within a few days.
Most importantly, Apple has released a new, more detailed band size chart, making it easier for you to choose the right size.
To use it, you need to print it, cut it off and wrap it around your wrist, the correct size of the nine available sizes will be displayed between the green arrows, as shown above.
With the introduction of Watch Series 6 and Watch SE, Apple also introduced elastic bands without buckles, namely Solo Loop and Braided Solo Loop.
However, although the price/size tables are printable, sizing them is still tricky, so many buyers find their bands are not suitable.
To make matters worse, Apple’s return policy means that you must return the entire Watch to replace the strap, a process that may last until November.
MacRumors said that it was able to perform a band change when the Watch was returned yesterday, which was not possible the day before.
Currently on the phone with Apple Support. They’re swapping out my band and prioritizing replacements so they will ship way faster than the store shows. They’re even letting me order a third band to try and return, just keeping whatever size between between 6, 7, and 8 fits best.
— Eli Hodapp (@hodapp) September 24, 2020
GameClub executive Eli Hodapp had the same experience and said on Twitter that Apple supports and even allows him to try additional bands to make sure he has the right body. He also said that Apple also “sent a sports band for free” and apologized for the mistake. “Compared with Monday’s reply, this is a complete change.”