Everything about Luminary rubs me the wrong way.
But I don’t think any publisher should tell an app not to include their shows if it’s displaying the contents of public RSS feeds and downloading audio directly.
It’s like a website asking a certain web browser to block them.
I'm perfectly willing to pay for podcasts (and do) but the proprietary player is a deal breaker. My Podcast life is very much centred around Overcast and I can't believe any proprietary player will have the same level of polish.
Marco does a great thing with Overcast, and I want him to flourish in this ecosystem. But I see no logical reason why a proprietary player couldn’t in theory at least, with a bigger workforce and more money, build an app as or more polished.
Marco is (I assume) focused on building the best Podcast app for iOS. At some point the Luminary player team reports to someone who has other things to balance against. Small focused teams almost always produce a better result for their niche?
I know this would be hard for all parties to coordinate and do, but I would love the opportunity to pay for ad free versions of podcasts from within my player of choice (which happens to be Overcast). More possible business models for podcasters seems like a good thing.
Apple should create an open standard for paying for premium podcasts. Podcasts should have a good way to ask for payment (hopefully instead of ads). The fact that this doesn’t exist might be a reason why there is a drive to push ‘exclusive’ shows behind all encompassing paywalls.
I’ve been reading about Luminary, and can’t seem to get an answer to one question. Will they inject their own ads into the “free” tier podcasts? Maybe this is obvious, but I don’t see a direct reference to that anywhere.