Apple Releases ‘Hooked,’ a True-Crime Podcast, as Its First Standalone Original
Apple debuted “Hooked,” a true-crime podcast, as the company’s first wholly standalone original podcast series today.
While Apple has already begun its foray into original podcasts with “Oprah’s Book Club” and “For All Mankind: The Official Podcast,” Hooked is the first Apple Original podcast that appears to be unrelated to any Apple TV+ series.
“The Line” debuted as an independent podcast earlier this year, but it will be accompanied by an Apple TV+ documentary series of the same name later this fall. Hooked, on the other hand, has no obvious connection to an Apple TV+ series. Hooked is still available on Apple TV+ through Apple Podcasts, and it is unclear whether Apple will create a dedicated channel for Apple Original podcasts. Hooked is produced by Campside Media, and according to Apple, the series is as follows:
Over the last year, Apple has increased its podcast production output and is rumoured to be working on a podcast streaming subscription service to compete with Spotify. Hooked appears to be another step toward enhancing Apple Podcasts’ ability to compete with Spotify.
Hooked’s first three episodes are now available in the Apple Podcasts app or via RSS in other podcast players, with new episodes released on Wednesdays.
Apple Podcasts added two new subscription-based channels yesterday: BBC Studios and Slate. BBC Studios provides subscribers in the United States and Canada with access to shows that were previously only available in the United Kingdom.