Apple Podcasts vs. Spotify: which new subscription service is better?

Apple Podcasts and Spotify have both released paid subscription services where podcasters can provide their subscribers with exclusive content. But how do they work, and which one is better? In this episode, Jason and Cee Cee break down how they work and how podcasters can use them to their advantage.


Jason Gillikin: Welcome to the Earfluence Podcast, which is a podcast about podcasting from a podcast production company. I’m your host, Jason Gillikin CEO of Earfluence, and with me as always is co-host Cee Cee Huffman, drawer of artwork, maker of podcasts, social media expert, content strategist, what’s going on Cee Cee?

Cee Cee Huffman: Hello. It’s a good day so far. We’ve had a meeting this morning, a meeting after this, so lots of meetings, lots of new exciting things happening, somebody just lost a tooth. It’s been an eventful afternoon.

Jason Gillikin: Yes. Right before this recording, we had actually pressed record, and my eight year old comes in.

And shows Cee Cee the missing tooth, complete with blood dripping down her mouth, and Cee Cee almost threw up.

Cee Cee Huffman: It was very, yeah, very like, special effects almost. It was very, it looks, it was so real that it was fake. I don’t know how to describe it.

I don’t do well with blood though. I can’t, I don’t like shows, TV shows anything where people get hurt. That’s just, it’s not for me. My mom really wanted me to be a doctor, obviously, that did not happen for a lot of reasons, but one of them is like, I see one drop of blood and I’m just out. I’m out completely.

Jason Gillikin: Yeah, same, same. So, I am such a wimp with that stuff. I mean, I literally almost passed out with every single one of our children being born, so.

Cee Cee Huffman: I don’t even want to think about that.

Jason Gillikin: No. I mean, well, but Cee Cee, it is really embarrassing when I’m not the one giving birth at all. I’m not a doctor by any means. And yet, I am the one with the cold sweats and about to pass out.

Like it’s not my finest moment, and now it’s on a podcast. All right.

Cee Cee Huffman: All right. Anyways, what we’re talking about today is not anything having to do with that because we’re not doctors, we’re podcasters. So we’re talking about Apple podcasts and Spotify having subscription services. So let’s pivot completely, and talk about that instead.

Jason Gillikin: All right. That is, that is a complete 180, but yes, more relevant to, to our audience who’s like, “I didn’t come in to hear about people passing out at the sight of blood.”

Cee Cee Huffman: Right.

Jason Gillikin: So Apple podcasts recently launched a subscription service, and then Spotify, a week later, you know, decided to launch their own subscription service.

So you’ve been reading up on it, talk about what Apple podcasts has done and then, and then what Spotify has done.

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The Earfluence Podcast is a production of Earfluence Media and is hosted by Jason Gillikin and Cee Cee Huffman.

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