Section: Distribution and Technology

Section: Distribution and Technology
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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
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Apple Music and Exclusive Podcasts: a primer

The podcast industry is buzzing in the midst of a Bloomberg report stating that Apple is in preliminary talks to finance original, exclusive podcasts for its platform. To better understand how Apple thinks about exclusive content and how this effort might maybe play out within podcasting, however, it’s worth examining the company’s current position in […]

July 23, 2019
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Apple reportedly planning to fund original podcasts

SOUND THE TAKE ALARM. Big news drop this evening. Let’s jump in: There had been rumors, and there had been increasing reason to believe them. Spotify’s buzzy start to the year, in which the Swedish platform spent hundreds of millions of dollars acquiring its way into the podcast industry, had begun to inspire questions about […]

July 17, 2019