Section: Distribution and Technology

Section: Distribution and Technology
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Platisher, Ye Cometh

Spotify has made two interesting personnel moves to bolster its podcast development pipeline around two key genres, sports and news, according to a report by The Information that dropped on Friday. Firstly, the company has hired Amy Hudson, most recently the sports media partnerships lead at Facebook, to oversee its sports programming assets. Secondly, David […]

September 10, 2019
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Closed Captioning

Back in July, Audible announced a new feature called “Captions,” which uses automated transcription to produce read-along text that appears on a smartphone screen while an audiobook as playing. The company pitched this very much as an “educational” resource, pledging to offer free access to students and schools as well as providing the option to […]

A legal skirmish between Audible and book publishers over text captioning is a harbinger for future audio world conflicts.

September 3, 2019
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Feature Misalignment

Ashley Carman over at The Verge — who, by the way, is doing great work on the podcast beat — pubbed a fascinating piece last week on a pernicious phenomenon: the weaponization of one-star reviews on Apple Podcasts to actively harm other podcasts. The Verge piece was built on a few key examples. There’s a […]

What the Weaponization of One Star-Reviews Tells Us About Apple Podcasts

September 3, 2019
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Insider: August 29, 2019

– Notes on venture capital, podcasting, and the pool moving forward

– The Athletic’s ambitious 120-podcast goal

– The Ringer strikes up a partnership with Grand Central Publishing

August 29, 2019
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PodPass: Open vs. Closed

It’s becoming increasingly common to monetise podcasts via a direct connection with listeners, whether that’s from merchandise, donations, live events or bonus or ad free content. Big networks and publishers are doing it (eg Wondery Plus, Stitcher Premium, Slate Plus, etc) and independent creators are too (via Patreon, Memberful, or other solutions). The tech required […]

August 22, 2019
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Fun for the Kids

A new children’s podcast network has launched in the UK, growing out of Fun Kids, a national children’s radio station based in London. As well as the station’s own stable of podcasts, the network includes The Week Junior Show, an extension of Dennis Publishing’s The Week Junior magazine, and Storynory, a kids’ storytime podcast that […]

August 22, 2019
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The Apple Categories are back in business

The Apple podcast categories are back in business. After a brief vacation, the categories, thought to be an important discovery and consumption management tool, have rolled back out, complete with the new genres and subgenres announced at the beginning of June. It will probably take a little while longer for the new categories to get […]

August 6, 2019
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Apple Podcast Categories, Temporarily Relieved

I was fairly delirious this weekend — between the relentless summer heat and all the heavy lifting involved in packing up an apartment — when I pulled up the Apple Podcast app only to find that, bizarrely, the entire podcast categories menu had vanished. For a moment, I briefly contemplated that it was time to […]

August 1, 2019
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Ad Age: Amazon to test audio ads on Alexa?

Money’s gonna have to flow somehow

July 26, 2019
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WSJ: Apple apparently advantages own apps in its own App store

I mean, no duh

July 25, 2019