Podcasts - Server Engineer - Apple Media Products

Seattle, Washington, United States
Software and Services


Role Number:200286304
The Apple Media Products Engineering team is one of the most exciting examples of Apple’s long-held passion for combining art and technology. These are the people who power the App Store, Apple TV, Apple Music, Apple Podcasts, and Apple Books. And they do it on a massive scale, meeting Apple’s high expectations with high performance to deliver a huge variety of entertainment in over 35 languages to more than 150 countries. These engineers build secure, end-to-end solutions. They develop the custom software used to process all the creative work, the tools that providers use to deliver that media, all the server-side systems, and the APIs for many Apple services. Thanks to Apple’s unique integration of hardware, software, and services, engineers here partner to get behind a single unified vision. That vision always includes a deep commitment to strengthening Apple’s privacy policy, one of Apple’s core values. Although services are a bigger part of Apple’s business than ever before, these teams remain small, nimble, and cross-functional, offering greater exposure to the array of opportunities here. Podcasts Software Engineering is a small, focused team that builds the Podcasts experience used by millions of people across all of our platforms including iOS, Apple Watch, Apple TV, and HomePod. We're based in San Francisco, and we frequently collaborate with teams in Cupertino and London, including Design, Apple Music, Siri, Apple Watch, and many others. As a client app, we're exposed to the full stack from OS internals to third-party RESTful APIs. As part of our team, you’ll work with software engineering teams throughout Apple to make Podcasts a truly cross-platform experience. You’ll propose architecture, follow through with implementation, and iterate in response to feedback. The services you make will generate directly impact Apple Podcasts listeners. This is a hands-on work environment where engineers are encouraged to be self-motivated, proficient with a wide range of technologies, and support several projects concurrently.

Key Qualifications

  • 5+ years of professional/industry software engineering experience
  • Has shipped customer-facing features or product functionality
  • In-depth development experience with server-side Java (or similar languages), expert knowledge of algorithms and data structures
  • Strong organizational skills and experience working on large multi-functional teams
  • Experience modeling data in relational and NoSQL databases
  • Experience writing REST APIs
  • Familiarity with micro-services architecture and server side technologies
  • Aptitude to independently learn new technologies
  • Collaborative, team-oriented attitude
  • Have a belief in automation and tooling as a critical part of the software lifecycle
  • Effective communication skills with people from diverse technical backgrounds
  • Excellent problem solving, critical thinking, and communication skills


As a member of our small team, you may find yourself working on innovative new server side code that can deliver continuous podcast playback under the most adverse of conditions, or designing, instrumenting, and analyzing user behavior metrics. Each project will require a different subset of your skills, from deep technical knowledge of an OS internal to an amazing ability to communicate and persuade. In addition to your primary development responsibilities, you'll share the load with your teammates to make sure bug reports are quickly and thoroughly addressed, our continuous integration system is healthy and sufficient, and our extended team knows what we're up to.

Education & Experience

BS in Computer Science or equivalent industry experience

Additional Requirements