Since Acast acquired Pippa back in April this year, it’s been expected that there would be some kind of integration of the two. Acast has operated on an invite-only basis since its founding in Sweden in 2014, mostly choosing to work with existing publishers moving into audio — like the Financial Times and the Guardian […]
At times, the discourse around podcast advertising can feel like it’s presenting the future as a coin flip between two maximal outcomes. On one side, you have a view towards the preservation of the historical status quo, committing to the black box totality of artisanal host-read ads that may be ideologically pure but potentially limited […]
We’re not doing our year-in-review issue for a few more weeks, but I’ll go ahead with a pre-emptive and say that there’s probably no image more representative of the past year in podcasting than this diptych: Podcasting gracing the covers of the two major Hollywood trades (that still do print, anyway), spaced a few months apart, […]
Not long after the newsletter went out last Tuesday, Google announced the roll-out of something called “Your News Update,” a new feature attached to the Google Assistant that’s meant to give users a more personalized experience when they ask for news through the voice assistant technology. The feature is premised on serving users playlists of […]
Show Notes The spin-off of You Must Remember This, in which a collection of writers and reporters curated by Karina Longworth produce stories on Hollywood history in the style of the podcast, is set to debut on January 21. I first flagged this project in my recent Q&A with Longworth for Vulture. Dylan Marron’s Conversations […]
– Spotify in India
– Whooshkaa in Asia
– Keep an eye on something called Pex… and more!
– The Hollywood Reporter cover on Spotify’s grand plans
– Google’s personalized “Your Audio News” feature
– Third Coast’s new executive director… and more!
In a move that builds on its various adventures in playlisting, the aspiring all-consuming audio platform is rolling out a new podcast discovery feature that’s more or less Discover Weekly, but for podcasts. It’s pretty much what you think it is: an algorithmically-driven tool that analyzes the podcast consumption behavior of a user — recent […]
How do you know when a news event is significant in 2019? Why, when multiple podcasts are launched to cover it, of course. (See all the Epstein pods.) Sometimes, depending on the news event, a few of these podcasts will even adhere to a daily publishing cadence. That’s how you know it’s especially important. I’m […]