Nicholas Quah

I run this thing.

Numerical Turbulence

There’s been a jarring shift in the Podtrac ranker download counts. Here’s what it means, and what it doesn’t.

May 23, 2019

Revolving Door: May 23, 2019

Two notable departures were announced this week.

May 23, 2019

Tracking: May 23, 2019

May 23, 2019

Joint Adventures

Last Thursday, Variety reported that Sony Music, the global music conglomerate (which made $7.2 billion in overall revenues during the 2018 fiscal year), has formed a joint venture with Adam Davidson, the New Yorker staff writer and co-founder of Planet Money, and Laura Mayer, the former executive producer at Stitcher. The new entity, which has […]

May 21, 2019

Against the Show Art

And now for something slightly different. In case you missed it, Michael Lewis has a podcast now. (… separate and apart from The Coming Storm, of course, which wasn’t a podcast but an Audible Original, and before we split hairs and technical definitions, let’s just move on.) It’s called Against the Rules, it’s distributed by […]

May 21, 2019

This Week in Spotify

Two stories to follow if you’re keeping an eye on whether Spotify will indeed become the next Great Podcast Platform: Here’s a visual look at how Spotify’s app redesign looks like, courtesy of The Verge, which only appears to have hit a small percentage of users at this point in time. Two things: firstly, note […]

May 21, 2019

Tracking: May 21, 2019

Tracking The BBC is… um, “changing to stay the same,” and according to a speech by the corporation’s director of radio and education James Purnell at the 2019 Radio Festival in London last week, part of that effort involves developing an “public service algorithm” to deliver users more varied recommendations in its BBC Sounds app. […]

May 21, 2019

Sony Music forms joint venture with Adam Davidson and Laura Mayer

It’s a 50-25-25 split.

May 17, 2019

On Seeding Upstarts

Notes on PodFund.

May 17, 2019

Tracking: May 16, 2019

May 16, 2019