Podcast app Pocket Casts goes open source • TechCrunch
The parent company of WordPress Automattic has been obtained Pocket Casts last July, after it was acquired by a group of public broadcasting companies, including NPR, back in 2018. Pocket Casts is one of the most popular “podcatcher” apps outside of the big tech ecosystems of Google, Apple, and Spotify, allowing users to search and subscribe to podcasts for free, with premium features like desktop apps available for a fee.
Perhaps it should come as no surprise that Automattic has chosen to push Pocket Casts app code to GitHub, given that Automattic founder and CEO Matt Mullenweg is Huge supporter of open source WordPress is among the top open source projects on the planet.
By making Pocket Casts open source, this means that anyone can access the code, fix bugs, create new features, and even build their own competing service on top of Pocket Cast’s code base.