After being delayed for some time, the Apple Podcast Subscriptions service is now available worldwide.
Listeners can now buy subscriptions for individual shows and groups of shows through channels and unlock additional benefits such as ad-free listening and early access.
Thousands are available to purchase from audio creators including the Los Angeles Times, Luminary, NPR, Pushkin Industries and QCODE, with more launching every week.
Oliver Schusser, Apple’s vice president of Apple Music and Beats said: “Listeners can’t get enough of their favourite podcasts and want a simple way to support the extraordinary creators who make them possible.
“Now, listeners can enjoy new content and additional benefits for thousands of new and popular podcasts, alongside millions of free shows, with more arriving every week.
“Apple Podcasts Subscriptions will help creators grow their businesses and continue to make podcasting an important source of information, entertainment, connection, and inspiration for hundreds of millions of listeners around the world.”