Acast warns podcast app is shutting down for 900million users after 8 years

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ACAST, one of the world’s most popular podcast platforms, warned on Tuesday that it is closing down its app.

The Swedish company tweeted that its 900million users will “soon need a new way to listen to your favourite podcasts”.

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Acast is shutting down its podcast app after eight years

It means fans will need to jump to rivals like Spotify or Apple Podcasts in order to follow their favourite shows.

Acast announced the decision in March, revealing that the axe would fall on its platform sometime in 2022.

“Acast’s board has today decided that the company will discontinue its podcast app in 2022,” the firm wrote on its website.

“The decision is based on the fact that the user data historically generated by the app has been replaced by better data sources and that the app does not support the company’s vision of a completely open podcast ecosystem.”

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Based in Stockholm, Acast launched in 2014 as one of the earliest platforms where people could share and listen to podcasts.

It currently hosts more than 40,000 shows and as of late 2021 boasted 891million monthly listeners.

The company went public last year and recently paid out more than $150million to creators on its platform.

The Sun has reached out to Acast for comment.

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