Automattic is on a spending spree with its purchase of Tumblr, wordpress and most decently the popular journaling app Day One. The company today announced that it is now acquiring the Podcasting app Pocket Casts .
Co-founders Russell Ivanovic and Philip Simpson will continue to lead Pocket Casts as part of the Automattic empire. In a wordpress statement by Eli Budelli the company said
"As part of Automattic, Pocket Casts will continue to provide you with the features needed to enjoy your favorite podcasts (or find something new). We will explore building deep integrations with WordPress.com and Pocket Casts, making it easier to distribute and listen to podcasts. We’re thrilled that we can continue to give our users a multitude of ways to tell and engage with stories that matter."
Pocket Casts debuted in 2010 and was purchased by NPR and a group of other public media organisations eight years later. Pocket Casts is free and offers a subscription model of either $0.99 a month or $10 a year which provides users with access to Desktop Apps, Cloud Storage, Apple Watch Playback and Themes & Icons.
Here at Geekscorner we use Pocket Casts and upload content to Pocket Cast using the ample 10GB of cloud storage which allows us to access it everywhere that we listen with already. Back in February this year the Spotify-owned app Anchor announced a partnership with WordPress.com and so we will have to see if this new announcement changes this partnership.