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Pocket Casts podcast app goes open source TechCrunch

Popular podcast platform Pocket casts has published its mobile clients under an open source license.

WordPress parent company Automatic acquired Pocket Casts last July, after being acquired by a group of public radio stations, including NPR, back in 2018. Pocket Casts is one of the most popular “podcatcher” apps outside of the big tech ecosystems of Google, Apple, and Spotify, allowing users to search and subscribe to podcasts for free, with premium features like apps office space available for a fee.

It should perhaps come as no surprise that Automattic chose to push the code for the Pocket Casts app to GitHub, given that Automattic Founder and CEO Matt Mullenweg is a big supporter of open source — and WordPress is among the best open-source projects on the planet.

By making Pocket Casts open source, it means anyone can access the code, fix bugs, create new features, and even build it to build their own competing service on top of the Pocket Cast codebase.

The android and iOS the applications are now available under a Mozilla Public License 2.0, a copyleft license which stipulates that all derivative works or modifications must be released under the same license.