Using an open-source license, Pocket Casts has released its mobile clients.
The popular podcast platform was acquired by Automattic, WordPress parent company last July, after being acquired by a group of public radio companies, with NRP in 2018.
Pocket Casts is one of the most popular “podcatcher” apps outside the big tech ecosystems of Google, Apple, and Spotify.
Pocket Casts allows, users, to search and subscribe to podcasts for free, with premium features such as desktop apps available for a fee.
It perhaps should come as a little surprise that Automattic has elected to push the Pocket Casts app code onto GitHub, given that Automattic founder and CEO Matt Mullenweg is a huge proponent of open source, and WordPress is among the top open source projects on the planet.
Making Pocket Casts open source, means that anyone can access the code, fix bugs, create new features, and even fork it to build their own competing service on top of the Pocket Cast codebase.
The Android and iOS apps are available now under a Mozilla Public License 2.0, a copyleft license that stipulates all derivative projects or modifications have to be released under the same license.