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Tracking: September 3, 2019

Spotify appears to be testing an in-app “create a podcast” button… Sort of. Kinda. Maybe? The feature was first spotted by app researcher Jane Manchun Wong, and according to her tweets, tapping the button apparently sends you to the Anchor app, the podcast hosting company that Spotify acquired back in February. And if you don’t have Anchor on your phone, it leads you to a page recommending that you download the app instead.

In other words, it sounds like an in-app house ad. But a really fancy one!

The “Open Source” podcast joins Hub & Spoke… “Open Source with Christopher Lydon” being, depending on how you look at it, the world’s first podcast, and even if you dispute that, it’s technically the longest-running one. Whatever you believe and however you argue the point, the show is joining the Boston podcast collective Hub & Spoke, and it marks the collective’s seventh show.

Shout-out to the RelayFM crew… “Relay FM Plans Podcast Fundraiser for St. Jude.” Details here.

Conference Watch. The Sound Education Conference, which targets “educational podcasters, producers, and listeners,” returns for its second iteration on October 9-12 in Cambridge, MA. Meanwhile, if you’re in London later this month, Martin Zaltz Austwick tells me that this year’s iteration of the Podcast Maker Weekend will be held on September 14 and 15, as part of the London Podcast Festival, which will feature an array of podcasting workshops and talks.