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#Sponcon and Chill

Did you know that Netflix has podcasts? Like, a whole bunch of them? And did you know that those podcasts, overt in advertising purpose as they are, are little more inventive and interesting than one would otherwise expect? Netflix’s growing portfolio of audio #sponcon was the subject of a Vulture piece I wrote last week, […]

June 11, 2019
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The BBC Scraps Blanket Licenses

The BBC has announced that it is scrapping universal free TV licences for the over 75s, in a move that signals a substantial shift in the way the corporation is managing its funding. The TV licence, which currently costs £154.50 a year per household, is the major way in which the BBC receives its public […]

June 11, 2019
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Career Spotlight: Felix Trench, Wooden Overcoats and Quid Pro Euro

One thing I find endlessly fascinating about the podcast industry today is digging into how we all ended up here — I find that there are as many routes to the audio world as there are people in it. With that in mind, this week I was delighted to trade emails with Felix Trench, a […]

June 11, 2019
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Tracking: June 11, 2019

Be sure to note… Apple’s podcast-related WWDC announcements last week didn’t stop at the desktop app spin-out and the upcoming enhanced machine learning-driven search engine. The platform is also adding new genres and subgenres to the way it categorizes podcasts. I discussed the move in a recent Insider, but non-paid subscribers can catch up through […]

June 11, 2019
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Spotify Watch: June 7, 2019

The Obamas, Spotify Stations, Playlist reactions… oh my!

June 7, 2019
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Deep Support

The Ad-Free Tim Ferriss Experiment.

June 7, 2019
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Further Notes on the Revenue Study

The revenue breakdowns by genre are worth a closer read.

June 6, 2019
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The Universe, According to Apple

New genres and subgenres coming to the platform.

June 6, 2019
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Spotify begins tests on podcast playlist feature

This came in overnight. Fresh off its run of podcast company acquisitions, Spotify is now taking a crack at the problem that’s perhaps most groaned about in the community: discoverability. Starting this morning, the platform is kicking off what is being described as “a very small test” around a discoverability feature in the form of […]

June 4, 2019
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WWDC Notes: Apple Podcast Desktop App, Machine Learning Search

Apple’s week-long WWDC developer conference kicked off yesterday, and there are a few podcast things you should be aware of. Well, two. The first is the official end of iTunes, which is now going to be split up into separate desktop apps for Music, TV, and Podcasts on the new Catalina Mac operating system. This […]

June 4, 2019