WordPress.com has expanded its library of blocks to incorporate a new Pocket Casts block that makes it simple to embed any present or episode within the WordPress editor. The block is branded for Pocket Casts and can show a podcast participant and a choice of episodes when the present URL is chosen. Alternatively, customers can embed a selected episode by utilizing its episode URL.
Automattic acquired Pocket Casts in 2021 after the app started struggling financially. On the time, Automattic’s Head of Apps, Eli Budelli, stated the corporate would discover constructing deep integrations with WordPress.com and Pocket Casts by creating methods to make it simpler to distribute and take heed to podcasts. This new Pocket Casts block delivers on that promise with a strong integration for WordPress.
Final month, Pocket Casts open sourced its mobile apps underneath the Mozilla Public License, a GPL-compatible copyleft license that encourages contributors to share their modifications of the code underneath the identical license. The code for Pocket Casts iOS and Pocket Casts Android is obtainable on GitHub.
“We imagine that podcasting can’t and shouldn’t be managed by Apple and Spotify, and as an alternative assist a various ecosystem of third-party shoppers,” the Pocket Casts staff stated when saying its open supply podcasting consumer. Customers and contributors can now extra simply report bugs, recommend new options, and submit pull requests.
Self-hosted WordPress customers even have entry to the brand new Pocket Casts block if utilizing the newest model of WordPress. The Pocket Casts embed block variation was quietly added to Gutenberg 13.6, which was one of many releases that was rolled into WordPress core in 6.1.