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Spotify-Gimlet: A View From Across the Pond

The acquisition by Gimlet and Anchor by Spotify really threw me for a loop, I must admit. And I don’t just mean because it’s a big story that happened to coincide with a busy period at Hot Pod when we had plans to cover other things. I have conflicting and unresolved opinions about the arrival of such a huge deal in the podcasting world that I’m still working out, so now you get to read me processing over the next few hundred words….

February 7, 2019
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Follow-ups to Spotify-Gimlet

I need a break from spilling out my brain juice on this subject, if only because I require some time to process and get a clearer view on the bigger picture. In the meantime, some details to clock that didn’t make the emergency newsletter bonanza…

February 7, 2019
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Breaking: Spotify closes Gimlet deal, also acquires Anchor

Told you Spotify wasn’t done shopping. This morning, the Swedish streaming company announced that it has closed the Gimlet acquisition, and that it had additionally acquired another podcast company: Anchor, the podcast hosting-and-monetization platform founded by Michael Mignano and Nir Zicherman. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed Here’s the press release, and here’s the […]

February 6, 2019
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Gimlet/Spotify, or The End (of an Era)

Quiet weekend, huh? In case you missed it, Spotify is reported to be in “advanced talks” to acquire Gimlet Media. Recode and the Wall Street Journal both broke the news late Friday. And let me tell ya: my inbox hasn’t seen as much action as it did over the past seventy-two hours or so than […]

February 5, 2019
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Switched On Pop joins Vox Media Podcast Network

Vox Media has added Switched On Pop, a popular independent music podcast by Charlie Harding and Nate Sloan, to its podcast network. The show will officially re-launch next month as Vox’s first music-centered podcast, and will publish on a weekly basis. This is Vox Media’s first external podcast signing, though Harding and Sloan will retain […]

February 5, 2019
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Tracking: February 5, 2019

Sunday’s Super Bowl may have been a bore/punter’s delight, but hey, did you catch Criminal in an Amazon ad? BBC executive James Purnell has published an update on how BBC Sounds app is faring and promised that new features are launching soon. The last week of January was the best week to date, he says, […]

February 5, 2019
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Why File Organization Matters

Preserve This Podcast (PTP), a project funded via an $142,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, started work in February 2018. It exists to help podcasters protect their work against digital decay. This, they argue, is a problem that is likely to hit podcasts harder than work made using other mass media because most cultural […]

February 5, 2019
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Spotify in “advanced talks” to acquire Gimlet

If I had a podcast, this is when I’d drop an emergency pod, because this is some Kristaps Porzingis-level shit. Recode’s Peter Kafka and the Wall Street Journal’s Ben Mullin both fired out the story within the past two hours that Spotify, the Swedish music streaming company, is apparently in “advanced talks” to acquire Gimlet […]

February 2, 2019
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Tracking: February 1, 2019

Panoply’s Megaphone integrates with Google Campaign Manager, The Daily does transcriptions, Binge Mode 4eva

February 2, 2019
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Tracking: January 31, 2019

Cadence13 partners with Tenderfoot, You Must Remember This goes on hiatus, Publisher “seriousness” around podcast revenues

February 1, 2019