My preferred podcast app, Pocket Casts, has been bought by a joint venture comprising podcast and public radio networks. There is a conspiracy theory about that they are going to start harvesting scads of user data, and although the developers have denied it, NPR’s Thomas Hjelm told Hot Pod, “we’re eager to explore … better tools for podcast creators to understand how their content is being consumed”. So that’s a maybe?

(If Pocket Casts does take a drastic turn as a result of this deal, I will switch to Overcast. When I’m asked for an app recommendation, I already recommend both. I prefer the Pocket Casts interface, but that’s a matter of taste, and I’m sure I could get used to the alternative if I had to.)