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PS Vita followers are confirmed whereas Apple podcasts ends

It’s been a great week in the world of tech, and there’s a good chance you missed some of the greatest stories. This is exactly where the winners and losers of Trusted Reviews come into play.

If you’ve only had time to peek at the news this week, you’ll be forgiven for it’s only Apple. From the new iPad Pro 2021 to the highly anticipated M1 iMacs, Apple has absolutely dominated the conversation with its Spring Loaded event, but I’d like to draw attention to the impact of one of its announcements: podcast subscriptions.

Elsewhere, the power of online fandoms appears to have been reaffirmed after the PS Vita community made massive profits amid Sony’s plans to permanently close the PS Vita store.

Winner: PS Vita fans

A few weeks ago we added the exact same group of gamers to the loser column when Sony announced – rather abruptly – that the online stores for the PS3, PSP and PS Vita would be closing later this year. After the PS3 and PSP came out in the mid-2000s, it wasn’t much of a shock to see these now-dust-covered consoles read their final rites, but the PS Vita didn’t come out until 2012, around the same time as the Nintendo 3DS no less.

After an online rally scream from die-hard fans of Vitas, Sony found that its older consoles are far more popular than the company had previously thought. For this reason, Sony has decided to forego its plans to take the PS3 and PS Vita stores offline. CEO Jim Ryan released the following statement in a company blog post:

“We recently informed players that the PlayStation Store for PS3 and PS Vita devices is due to end this summer. After further reflection, however, it is clear that we made the wrong decision here. So I’m excited to say today that we will keep the PlayStation Store up and running for PS3 and PS Vita devices. The PSP Commerce functionality will be discontinued on July 2, 2021 as planned. “

Just like with Sonic the Hedgehog and the European Super League, this is another example to show that when enough people come together, great things can be achieved and although it may seem sad to see the PSP shop online Remember, you can still play most PSP games through the PS Vita.

Loser: Apple Podcasts

The concept of listening to a group of people talking for hours on end seemed like a great way to waste time, but now podcasts are an absolute cultural phenomenon and everyone seems to have one. Part of what helped the podcast revolution, of course, is the fact that podcasts are largely free and easily accessible. At a time when streaming services steal all the content they can get their hands on, it has never been more refreshing.

The podcast section of iTunes and later the podcasts app contributed significantly to the growing popularity of the medium. Both were one of the few facets of the Apple ecosystem that could be accessed for free. Unfortunately, Apple seems to have decided to end this golden era by introducing Apple Podcasts subscriptions.

As the name suggests, the new service allows content creators to lock down podcasts at will, so users must sign up for the privilege. It’s not exactly sure what the exact cost will be or if there will be a monthly fee that will allow you to access all premium podcasts, but we’ll know more when the update is released in May.

What feels more secure to me is that this is a massive step towards creating yet another money-guzzling service, on top of the dozen most people are already paying for right now. Podcasts were built around the idea of ​​free and open conversation, and so the idea of ​​hiding them behind a paywall only seems to contradict this original concept. Too bad about you Apple.

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After graduating from University College London with a degree in history and several years as a journalist in the film and television industry, Tom joined the Trusted Reviews team as a co …

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