As reported by AppleInsider, Apple has stopped accepting new podcast episode submissions to iTunes Connect, the service that handles the upload of your podcast into the company’s Apple Podcasts service.
AppleInsider has discovered a new error message in the My Podcasts section of iTunes Connect. Editing the HomeKit Insider podcast, uncovered an alert stating: “The ability to submit new shows for review is temporarily unavailable.” There was no indication of when Apple would start accepting new shows for review again.
While this may be some form of indication that a major podcast-related change could be on the way, such as a premium subscription option, it may also be an affect of scheduled maintenance. The Apple Developer System Status does list scheduled maintenance for today — however, it also states that this maintenance has been completed, and the error persists anyway. It’s the same with other Apple services, including App Store Connect and Accounts, which may also interfere with its podcast-related tools. All say maintenance has been finished, but the issue remains.
Rumors of Apple Podcasts+ popped earlier today when Recode’s Peter Kafka said that they are “pretty sure” the company will unveil the paid subscription service at tomorrow’s event.