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At least as far back as the earliest iteration of Acast, when it sought to be a mere fancy listening app, there’s long been some belief by certain corners of the community that podcasting would eventually evolve to incorporate other media into its default experience. Sometimes, this idea would take the form of layering text […]

September 8, 2020
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Illustration: “Worker’s Day”

September 8, 2020
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Tracking: September 8, 2020

News, broadly… Parcast is moving to form a union, which means that all three podcast content companies acquired by Spotify are organizing. Here’s The Verge on the matter. Edison Research posted a quick update webinar on listening habits during quarantine in late August, and found that podcast consumers have expanded listening time up to 6 […]

September 8, 2020
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September 4, 2020
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September 3, 2020
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Here Be Monsters heads back out into the wild

When I spoke with Jeff Emtman last week, he was hunkered down somewhere in North Idaho, having made an extended pit stop in his big move across the country. There’s been a great deal of change for Emtman, who recently learned that KCRW, the Los Angeles public radio station, would not be renewing its distribution […]

September 1, 2020
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Counter-Narratives

Looking back at the past year, it’s reasonable to conclude that Spotify has been successful in controlling its narrative for the most part. Since the Hollywood Reporter dropped that big cover story last November, the company has progressively ramped up the pace of its announcements, whether it was of the dry-but-whoa technical variety (Streaming Ad […]

September 1, 2020
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Illustration: “Upfronts Season”

September 1, 2020
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Can you build a podcast business in the UK independent of the BBC?

In some respects, the UK podcast industry has grown pretty fast in a relatively short span of time. Five years ago, you wouldn’t be wrong in characterizing the place as a mosaic of rehashed radio programmes, legacy media brand offerings, a handful of successful indie shows often (though not always) hosted by comedians, and the […]

September 1, 2020
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Tracking: September 1, 2020

HmmmMMMmmm. From Mac Rumors: “The Apple Watch will no longer be counted in podcast listener numbers for Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) Tech Lab partners because it has been found to falsely inflate listener numbers.” Still digging around to figure out the ramifications of this story for big and small publishers. More soon, hopefully. By the […]

September 1, 2020