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February 23, 2021
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The Implosion at Reply All

So, this week was supposed to primarily hang on Spotify’s big livestream event that took place yesterday… and we’ll get to that in a bit. But first, we have to hit the story that’s slightly overshadowing all of that, at least within a sizable portion of the audio community: the implosion at Reply All, which […]

February 23, 2021
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Stream Until Your Stream Come True

Well, I guess we should talk about the big “Stream On” livestream presentation. It’s been just over two years since Spotify cannonballed into podcasting, marking its spendy February 2019 acquisitions of Gimlet Media and Anchor as a splashy first step in the company’s expansionary transition from a music streaming platform towards something that’s significantly more […]

February 23, 2021
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The Podcast Swag of Tomorrow, Today

“Podcast merch is inherently uncool. That’s just what it is. But I think that from a business and community-building standpoint, it’s a smart decision, and we’re doing our best for the people who are listening to our show.” I’m on the phone with Chris Black, creative consultant, recommendation-giver, and one half of the older millennial […]

February 23, 2021
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Illustration: “Hot Merch”

February 23, 2021
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Tracking: February 23, 2021

Selected Notes Adam Davidson is leaving Three Uncanny Four, the podcast company he co-founded just under two years ago. The move was confirmed to me on Friday evening. According to an internal email announcing his departure, Davidson wrote: “The podcast industry is changing so rapidly and it has become clear that I have a different […]

February 23, 2021
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February 19, 2021
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Extra: Adam Davidson is leaving Three Uncanny Four

Adam Davidson is leaving Three Uncanny Four, the podcast company he co-founded just under two years ago, according to an internal email. In the email, Davidson wrote: I have decided to leave Three Uncanny Four. I’m so proud of the work we’ve done, especially the podcast Broken. We made several amazing podcasts that will be […]

February 19, 2021