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Frequently Asked Questions


Stratechery Podcasts are audio versions of Stratechery posts. The content is the exact same as the Daily Update on Stratechery.com or that you receive via email, but now you can listen to it in your favorite podcast player.

Stratechery now also supports Dithering, a new podcast from Ben Thompson and John Gruber. You can buy Stratechery and Dithering subscriptions as a bundle, or individually.

Free subscriptions receive free posts from Stratechery; with one click you can upgrade to a full Stratechery subscription or Dithering, without needing to add a new feed.

Yes, please click on the Dithering show art above to add a feed for Dithering.

Yes. Just click the button to upgrade and you will receive credit for your remaining monthly subscription and switched to an annual plan immediately.

If you are a Stratechery annual subscriber and a Dithering monthly subscriber, and wish to upgrade to Dithering annual, please contact us.

If you have a corporate subscription to Stratechery and would like to subscribe to Dithering, choose the Dithering Monthly or Dithering Annual subscription plan. Do not choose a Bundle plan.

No, you can use the podcast player you already have. Stratechery Podcasts follow the same principles as the Stratechery Emails: you already check your email every day, so Stratechery Emails meet you where you are. Stratechery Podcasts are the exact same for those of you that prefer to consumer content via audio.

If you don’t have a favorite podcast player, then Stratechery recommends Overcast. All Stratechery Podcasts also include the fully-formatted post from Stratechery, as well as all of the various images used in the Article or Daily Update. Overcast is the only client that fully displays all of these various parts.

Application Chapter Support Intra-Chapter Image Support
Overcast Yes Yes
Apple Podcasts* Yes No
Pocket Casts Yes Partial
Downcast Yes No
Castro Castro Plus No
Castbox (iOS) No No
Castbox (Android) No No
Player FM (Android) No images No
Podcast Addict (Android) Yes Partial
  • *Apple Podcasts does not properly format the show notes (which contain the entire post).
  • Chapter Support: Does this podcast player allow you to jump to different sections of the Stratechery post, and display the appropriate image for that section?
  • Intra-Chapter Image Support: Does this podcast player show images at different points in the podcast as specified by Stratechery, whether or not those images correspond to chapters?

That noted, the audio works the same everywhere, so there is no need to switch from your favorite podcast player.

If you still aren’t sure, you can always just use Apple Podcasts on iOS (which is pre-installed), or simply tap the ‘Android’ link which will show what podcast apps you have on your Android phone.

If you use Android, do not use any of the app-specific buttons; simply use the ‘Android’ button. Android will help you choose your preferred podcast player (frankly, this is a much better approach than iOS!).

You do need to have a 3rd-party podcast player installed; Pocket Casts and Podcast Addict are two good options. Google Podcasts, Spotify, and Stitcher do not work as they do not support the open podcast ecosystem.

No, unfortunately not. Podcasts, like email, are based on open protocols available to anyone. That is why you can use whatever podcast player you wish to listen to most podcasts. Unfortunately Spotify, Google Podcasts, and Stitcher do not support the open protocols that undergird podcasting, so it is impossible to add Stratechery Podcasts.

Unfortunately Apple has severely limited the ability to share cookies between Safari and app webviews. You can either click the ‘Safari’ button in your webview or log-in (at which point you will stay logged in).

Stratechery Podcasts are based on RSS, and include the full formatted text of the associated post. That means you can use the Stratechery Podcasts feed in your RSS Reader and consume Stratechery Podcasts via RSS. Please note that this the only way to read Stratechery Podcasts via RSS; previous member-only RSS feeds are deprecated.

This is a limitation of Chrome on iOS. Please open the podcast page in Safari to add via app button.

It’s easy: just visit the Daily Update subscription management page and subscribe; your feed will be upgraded immediately. There is no need to re-add the feed.

Stratechery Podcasts are simply the Stratechery posts read aloud; that means they cannot be created, edited, and uploaded until the Stratechery post is finished.

Stratechery Podcasts are for individual subscribers only. If you do share your Stratechery Podcasts feed broadly, your member-only link may be reset. If you are interested in additional subscriptions to Stratechery, please visit the membership page.

The way that my current membership service works is that it restarts your annual subscription from the day you upgrade at the new price (while giving you a prorated credit for your plan to-date). This may result in a price >$30, but also an extension of your plan into the future.

We know this isn’t ideal and are working to rectify it.

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