Technology Apple partners with Common Sense Media to vet podcasts for kids
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Apple's expanding its partnership with parental education organization Common Sense Media to create new podcast listings of vetted shows for kids. The initiative, which builds on a similar project last year for movies and TV shows on Apple TV, will include Common Sense Media branding.
The iPhone maker plans to update its collection monthly, featuring new and popular shows, as well as themes like Women's History Month and Back to School.
Apple's efforts to draw more interest to its podcast listings marks the latest way it's expanding its efforts to appeal to children. The tech giant's historically been known for its education-focused efforts, building devices and apps focused on schools and classrooms. Three years ago, the company , partnering with device maker Logitech to build a "crayon" . The company's also built , held "" at its retail stores and to its annual developers conference.
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Apple isn't the only tech company building products for children, of course. Google's Chromebook low-cost laptop program has become popular among cash-strapped schools and has been catching on for homes and businesses as well. Industry watcher Gartnershipped during the 2020 holiday shopping season, nearly twice the number of Apple's Mac computers sold during the same period.
Google and Facebook have also built apps geared toward children, though their respective YouTube Kids and Messenger for Kids have struggled to or with the broader Facebook community.
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Apple's efforts with Common Sense Media also come at a time when media companies are increasingly looking to podcasts as a way to help their services stand out.
Two years ago, music streaming app Spotify . And in 2020, it signed a multi-year , which is considered one of the most popular podcasts in the world. E-commerce giant Amazon, meanwhile bought podcast maker Wondery late last year, .
Apple so far has taken a less dramatic approach when it comes to media. Last year, the company partnered with Common Sense Media togeared toward families as millions of children were stuck at home due to the coronavirus pandemic. Now, it's doing that with podcasts too.
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