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 […]
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.
Here’s a weird one for the holiday week. I’ve been mulling over this topic for a while, as it’s something I’ve encountered fairly frequently in conversations for some years now, and I don’t have any particularly conclusive takeaways, so please bear with me as I process this out loud. Let’s say you found a great […]
Last week, Spotify announced that it was finally opening up its podcast section so that any podcast publisher can submit their shows for inclusion into the streaming service. Previously, Spotify applied a more closed approach, practicing greater selectivity over what publishers it distributes. How will Spotify juggle its role as podcast aggregator and original podcast […]
More than Amy Schumer and Dissect, this is likely the shape of Spotify’s podcast strategy.
Plus: Adaptations also hit platforms, Google looms, and Slate is on the hunt for a daily news podcast host
Alexa, can you get my kid to brush his teeth? (Oh, and Alexa? How exactly can I make money with you?)
Chomping at the bit. “Gimlet is a multimedia storytelling brand, not just a podcast network,” declared Jenny Wall, the company’s newly hired chief marketing officer, in a Fast Company piece in January. That identity refashioning is mostly tethered to Gimlet’s increasingly formalized dealings with Hollywood, but it’s beginning to rear its head in other intriguing […]
Welcome to Hot Pod, a newsletter about podcasts. This is issue 149, published January 30, 2018. One month in. When Apple rolled out its long-awaited in-episode podcast analytics last month, part of the anxiety (and excitement, really) was finding out whether, essentially, the world would end. Which is to say, whether this whole podcast thing […]
First-tinkerer advantage. There should be little doubt over who will set the terms for voice-first computing in its early going, whether via smart speaker or whatever comes immediately after that. Barring the apocalypse (in which case, we’ll be doubting a great many other things), it’ll be some combination of Amazon, Google, and/or Apple, though it […]