App Store rating for Apple Podcasts suspiciously jumps to nearly 5 stars after Apple adds in-app prompt

Earlier this year, Apple rolled out the ability to rate and review its own applications on the App Store, including built-in apps like Podcasts, Music, News, and Stocks. One thing that quickly became clear when this rolled out is that the Apple Podcasts is a polarizing app, with an average rating hovering around 2.0 stars.
This week, developer and App Store watchdog Kosta Eleftheriou spotted that the Apple Podcasts app had mysteriously jumped from a 1.8-star rating to 4.6 stars in just over a month’s time. Apple has since confirmed to The Verge that it is now prompting users to rate and review the Apple Podcasts application.
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Author: Chance Miller