We understand this means that it's unlikely that our iOS App will be available in China, but feel it's a necessary step to take for any company that values the open distribution model that makes podcasting special.— Pocket Casts (@pocketcasts) June 11, 2020
Pocket Casts said it was contacted by Apple about the impending removal two days before the app was pulled. In 2018, Apple pulled the far-right podcast Info Wars from Pocket Casts, though this also happened across many media distribution platforms.
The Pocket Casts app is a popular alternative third-party podcast player famed for its good looking UI and granular podcast subscription control. After being a paid app since its launch in 2010, it went free last year and moved all its existing subscribers to its Pocket Casts Plus tier for free. Plus now costs $1.14 per month for new users and adds desktop apps, cloud storage, file upload and playback for other media and theme and icon editing.