Nicholas Quah

I run this thing.

Tracking: January 17, 2019

January 17, 2019

On Podcast Apps

Around the same time the newsletter went out on Tuesday, Fast Company published a piece by Glenn Fleishman — veteran tech journalist and a podcaster himself, via The New Disruptors — that, similarly, sought to sketch out likely pathways into the future for podcast apps. And it seems we were thinking about the same things.

January 17, 2019

Spotify and Podcasts, 2019

CES, that fine mess formerly known as the Consumer Electronics Show, was held in Las Vegas last week, and I took in the proceedings the way I always have: from behind the comforting glow of my laptop, far away from dense crowds and parched #brands. As expected, the smart speaker was one of the more […]

January 16, 2019

Tracking: January 15, 2019

Three Big Things (1) Forgot to mention this last week, but it’s a pretty intriguing story: Before the new year, Sam Harris, the author and creator of the Waking Up podcast, moved his operations off Patreon after accusing platform for “political bias” following its decision to ban controversial fringe figures in early December. Waking Up […]

January 16, 2019

Followup to AdBlock Radio

So, that story sparked a ton of reader response.

January 14, 2019

Keep an eye: An Open Source Audio AdBlock Project

As above, so below, y’know?

January 10, 2019

Insider: January 10, 2019

A live branded show, Spotify signs another exclusive, and CES watch.

January 10, 2019

2019 Scene Setting

Last year was a strange and busy one for podcast-land between the shake-ups and bubble talk and the mergers-acquisitions and launches on launches on launches. And from the looks of it, the next year will likely prove to be equally peculiar one as well. Will podcast audiences and advertising revenue continue to grow? Will non-advertising […]

January 8, 2019

Five Storylines

Now that we’ve set the table, let’s lay out some dishes. (Is that the right next step for the metaphor? Whatever. Roll with me here.) Lacking psychic abilities, I don’t know what’s going to happen next, but I do know a few stories that’ll get us going. Here are five major beats that we’re going […]

January 8, 2019

Tracking: January 8, 2019

Sunday night’s Golden Globes saw two podcast-to-television products nominated: Homecoming (which was very good!) and Dirty John (which would’ve been a better Lifetime show, IMO). Neither won, but hey, it was still a wild thing to see. Meanwhile, we had another round of pod-to-tv trend pieces (shouts to my original Vulture piece on the matter, […]

January 8, 2019