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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
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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
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Reprocessing the Limited-Run Podcast Documentary

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 […]

November 20, 2018
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Chomping at the Heels

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 […]

October 9, 2018
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Platform-Watch: A Critique of Spotify, Pandora’s New Ad Product, and Up-sides

August 30, 2018
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Spotify signs exclusive podcast deal with Joe Budden

More than Amy Schumer and Dissect, this is likely the shape of Spotify’s podcast strategy.

August 23, 2018
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Spotify’s $1 million+ Amy Schumer deal

Plus: Adaptations also hit platforms, Google looms, and Slate is on the hunt for a daily news podcast host

May 26, 2018
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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 […]

March 6, 2018
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Turns out people really like podcasts after all (and now we have numbers to prove it)

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 […]

January 30, 2018
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Subcast wants to bring podcast publishers and smart-speaker users together

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 […]

January 23, 2018