Nicholas Quah

I run this thing.

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

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

Tracking: February 1, 2019

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

February 2, 2019

WSJ: In its third year, The Ringer’s podcast business is the main engine

Yesterday, the Wall Street Journal published a story that offers some insight into the podcast business over at The Ringer, the digital media operation Bill Simmons founded three years ago. Its podcasting health is something I’ve been wondering for a while now, partly because their output makes up a disproportionate amount of my own personal […]

January 29, 2019

What happened to podcasting during the last recession? Part 1

Let’s talk recessions. I moved to this country for college back in 2008, approximately a month before Lehman Brothers collapsed and the global financial crisis kicked into high gear, so I often feel like my feelings about this country are intimately intertwined with the specter of economic annihilation. As such, I have a doomsday prepper’s […]

January 29, 2019

Tracking: January 29, 2019

Tracking The next Infinite Dial report from Edison Research drops on March 6. Adam Carolla has re-upped his contract with PodcastOne for the next five years. (Variety) Apparent, probably, possible, maybe 2020 presidential candidate/former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz appears on Gywneth Paltrow’s goop podcast to… *stares out the window* I’m not looking forward to this […]

January 29, 2019

Q&A with Pinna CEO, Maggie McGuire

I led Tuesday’s newsletter with Graham Holdings spinning Pinna, the kids-focused on-demand audio app, out from Panoply into its own standalone company. It was a fairly straightforward piece, but it was pretty lean in detail. Good thing, then, that the new company was able to get back to me on a couple of things.

January 25, 2019

Tracking: January 25, 2019

Adam Carolla renews deal, the next Infinite Dial, AirPod 2?

January 25, 2019

Tracking: January 24, 2019

Update on podcast ads on Spotify and Pandora, Patreon said to be reaching $1 billion in creator payouts, the podcast interview circuit, Serial Productions’ project pipeline, and more.

January 24, 2019

Teach Me How To Live

Let me begin by showing my cards here: I’m a sucker for stuff broadly known as “self-help” or “personal betterment,” along with many of its associated sub-genres that carry the prefix “personal” (e.g. personal finance, personal fitness) or the suffix “hacks” (e.g. life hacks, travel hacks). Which is to say, I’m the kind of guy […]

January 22, 2019