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Tracking: May 28, 2019

Vox Media’s Codecast. Now that Recode is officially part of, Vox Media is adapting the Code Conference, the live events gem at the center of the Recode brand, to more broadly integrate the rest of its digital media properties. As such, attendees at the next Code Conference, due to take place in Arizona in a few weeks, will also be treated to on-stage programming driven by journalists from The Verge and so on, in addition to the usual Kara Swisher/Peter Kafka-driven stuff.

But that’s not the only expansion Code Conference will see this year. The event will now involve an additional day of live podcasts, called “CodeCast,” that’ll feature programming from Vox Media — and, notably, a string of outside partners, including Gimlet Media, WNYC Studios, and Girlboss.

Anyway, I’m going to be at Code this year, so if you’re around, hit me up.


  • Podtrac has altered its measurement algorithm to better comply with the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB)’s compliance and certification process; as a result, some of its download counts are a little down. A slightly sticky situation for some. Here’s the company blog post laying out the change, and I wrote up some context for Hot Pod Insider.
  • Libsyn partners with Entercom to bring podcasts to the app. Here’s the official blog post on the matter.
  • From Caroline: “PodUK, the podcast convention that held its first event earlier this year (read my write up here) has announced that it is returning to Birmingham for a second event in 2020. It remains firmly a con-style fan event, rather than an audio conference, and is seeking applications for shows that wish to perform here.”
  • Bloomberg’s Lucas Shaw’s latest: “TikTok Owner to Challenge Spotify and Apple With Music Service.”
  • From the Wall Street Journal: “Snap Inc is in talks with major record labels to expand the ways users can include music in posts on its flagship Snapchat app, according to people familiar with the matter.”
  • From Billboard: “SoundCloud Steps Up Distribution Services With Acquisition of Repost Network.”
  • From NBC News: “Once dominated by white hosts, now is an ‘exciting time’ for Asian American podcasts.”

Release Notes

  • Crooked Media has a new narrative nonfiction series: This Land, hosted by Rebecca Nagle, about “two crimes nearly two centuries apart provide the backbone to an upcoming 2019 Supreme Court decision that will determine the fate of five tribes and nearly half the land in Oklahoma.”
  • Dan Weissman’s Arm and A Leg is coming back for a new season on June 4, with a brand new co-production partner: Kaiser Health News.
  • Pushkin Industries’ latest project, out June 5, is called Solvable. Worth noting: the show is being developed in collaboration with the Rockefeller Foundation.
  • I have another preview piece out for Vulture. Check it.