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BBC’s podcast exclusivity angers listeners; Spotify plans more

4:10 | Jan 11th

Visit https://podnews.net/update/bbc-spotify-exclusivity for all the links, and to subscribe. Thank you to 2019's new subscribers, including folk from Luminary, Himalaya, iHeart Media, RTBF, Audioboom, Pandora, Panoply, and ABC Austr...Show More

Top 10 US radio advertisers vs top 10 US podcast advertisers

1:19 | Jan 10th

Visit https://podnews.net/update/us-radio-advertisers for all the links, and to subscribe. The top 10 US radio advertisers for 2018 have been published by Inside Radio. Of possible interest: not one advertiser is in the top 15 US po...Show More

CES brings new platforms for podcasts

2:55 | Jan 9th

Visit https://podnews.net/update/ces-2019-samsung for all the links, and to subscribe. CES #1: Samsung TVs will soon have iTunes and Apple Airplay 2, the latter of which allows you to beam your favourite podcast from your iPhone to ...Show More

Number of smart speakers in US households increases by 78% last year

2:27 | Jan 8th

Visit https://podnews.net/update/smart-speakers-up-by-78-percent for all the links, and to subscribe. The total number of smart-speakers has increased by 78% in the past year: and 21% of people in the US now have one. New data from ...Show More

Slate launches daily news podcast 'What Next'

2:13 | Jan 7th

Visit https://podnews.net/update/what-next-launch for all the links, and to subscribe. Google Podcasts now supports formatting and links in podcast show notes. They still don't look great, but it's a good step in the right direction...Show More

Are ads coming to podcasts on Spotify?

2:21 | Jan 4th

Visit https://podnews.net/update/spotify-podcast-ads for all the links, and to subscribe. Welcome to our recent new subscribers, including folk from Spotify, Havas Edge, Audioboom, Vox Media, Gimlet Media, and broadcasters BR, NPR, S...Show More

Kanye West to appear on Joe Rogan Experience podcast

3:11 | Jan 3rd

Visit https://podnews.net/update/kanye-rogan for all the links, and to subscribe. Kanye West has said that he's "spoken with Joe Rogan and a podcast is coming soon". The musician had been complaining that the media didn't want a se...Show More

Did a true-crime podcast nearly stop a conviction?

2:03 | Jan 2nd

Visit https://podnews.net/update/heavy-suitcase for all the links, and to subscribe. Can true crime podcasts get in the way of a successful conviction? In Denmark, the trial of a Norwegian woman accused of fraud was briefly threate...Show More

2018 was the year 'podcasts grew up'

1:41 | Jan 1st

Visit https://podnews.net/update/2018-grew-up for all the links, and to subscribe. Happy New Year! Here's hoping 2019 is a good one for you. AdExchanger considers 2018 as being the year "podcasts grew up and programmatic audio took...Show More

Tips from Lore creator Aaron Mahnke

2:50 | Dec 31st, 2018

Visit https://podnews.net/update/mahnke-tips for all the links, and to subscribe. Aaron Mahnke (Lore) has posted his "advice to anyone aiming for podcast success in 2019". Our favourite: "No 10-minute random small-talk mess before ...Show More

Where is podcasting moving fastest?

2:08 | Dec 28th, 2018

Visit https://podnews.net/update/voxnest-podcasting-report for all the links, and to subscribe. Voxnest has published The State Of The Podcast Universe Report (pdf). It looks at the podcast marketplace across the globe, and reports...Show More

There were 200,000 new podcasts in 2018

1:27 | Dec 27th, 2018

Visit https://podnews.net/update/200000-new-2018-podcasts for all the links, and to subscribe. The success of Gimlet Media's Homecoming TV adaptation may have shown the way forward for television adaptations of podcasts, says First...Show More

Two Android podcast apps make it into the best apps lists of the year

1:21 | Dec 26th, 2018

Visit https://podnews.net/update/android-podcast-apps for all the links, and to subscribe. The Scout podcast app makes it to TechRadar's "best android apps from 2018". It's a podcast app based on playlists. Meanwhile, The Verge's b...Show More

How to explain to your family what you do

1:44 | Dec 25th, 2018

Visit https://podnews.net/update/explain-to-family for all the links, and to subscribe. Happy Christmas! If you need to explain what it is you do to your loved ones today, here's a guide to talking to your family about podcasts. It...Show More

A new podcast app you probably won't like

1:49 | Dec 24th, 2018

Visit https://podnews.net/update/just-listen for all the links, and to subscribe. A new podcast app, that you probably won't like, has just been launched: Just Listen™ plays one random podcast episode after another. That's literall...Show More

US/UK audio drama podcast research published

1:58 | Dec 21st, 2018

Visit https://podnews.net/update/bbc-audio-drama-research for all the links, and to subscribe. The BBC have published research undertaken about audio drama podcasts in the US and UK by consultant Ella Watts. The 36-page report incl...Show More

Claims about RAD's privacy: are people right to be concerned?

1:58 | Dec 20th, 2018

Visit https://podnews.net/update/npr-rad-privacy for all the links, and to subscribe. Is Marco Arment correct to claim that NPR's RAD podcast analytics is "a privacy violation and a GDPR liability"? In a special article, we looked ...Show More

Podcast analytics in the spotlight

1:53 | Dec 19th, 2018

Visit https://podnews.net/update/analytics-spotlight for all the links, and to subscribe. AdWeek reports on the IAB Certification news we reported on in a special newsletter yesterday. Here's how Blubrry reported it to its own user...Show More

BREAKING: Blubrry and NPR are first with IAB Certification

0:00 | Dec 19th, 2018

Visit https://podnews.net/update/blubrry-npr-iab-certification for all the links, and to subscribe. This is a special breaking news issue of Podnews. Blubrry has become the first independent podcast host to be given IAB Certificati...Show More

High profile creators leave Patreon

2:24 | Dec 18th, 2018

Visit https://podnews.net/update/patreon-controversy for all the links, and to subscribe. Patreon, a crowd-funding platform used by many podcasters, has removed a number of far-right creators including Milo Yiannopoulos and Carl Be...Show More

Apple Podcasts glitch removing ratings?

1:54 | Dec 17th, 2018

Visit https://podnews.net/update/apple-podcasts-glitch for all the links, and to subscribe. Welcome to over 100 new subscribers last week, including people from Spotify, Vox Media, Slate, Luminary, MPR, Acast and Oxford Road. Somet...Show More

Rødecaster Pro podcasting mixer reviewed

2:01 | Dec 14th, 2018

Visit https://podnews.net/update/rodecaster-pro-reviewed for all the links, and to subscribe. EFTM has published (the first?) video review of the Røde Rødecaster Pro. It looks a beautiful and highly-powered device. The reviewer, Tr...Show More

Nielsen: 19% of all US adults listen to podcasts every week

2:21 | Dec 13th, 2018

Visit https://podnews.net/update/nielsen-19 for all the links, and to subscribe. Nielsen, a US research company, have released their Total Audience Report Q2 2018. That says that 19% of US adults listen to podcasts each week, and 4...Show More

NPR's RAD analytics standard goes live

2:54 | Dec 12th, 2018

Visit https://podnews.net/update/npr-rad-goes-live for all the links, and to subscribe. NPR's RAD, a method of measuring consumption data for podcasts, has launched. A blog post describes the companies NPR have worked with to get t...Show More

How long should a podcast be?

1:36 | Dec 11th, 2018

Visit https://podnews.net/update/how-long-podcasts-radio for all the links, and to subscribe. How long should a podcast be? We look at advice from around the web, and give some of our own. Video: The differences between podcasts...Show More

What happens if you promote Apple Podcasts and Google Podcasts equally

1:50 | Dec 10th, 2018

Visit https://podnews.net/update/apple-and-google-podcasts-promotion for all the links, and to subscribe. Welcome to last week's new subscribers, including people from Entercom, Ad Results Media, Vox Media, Gimlet, Cadence13, Nielsen...Show More

Podcasts go live in Pandora

1:59 | Dec 7th, 2018

Visit https://podnews.net/update/podcasts-go-live-in-pandora for all the links, and to subscribe. Podcasts are now live on Pandora, the US-only music service. "We are now introducing hundreds of podcasts", the official blog post sa...Show More

A new radio and podcast conference for Asia

1:57 | Dec 6th, 2018

Visit https://podnews.net/update/radiodays-asia-announced for all the links, and to subscribe. A new radio and podcast conference has been announced: Radiodays Asia will be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in August. From the same p...Show More

Arrest after Teacher's Pet podcast

1:56 | Dec 5th, 2018

Visit https://podnews.net/update/teachers-pet-arrest for all the links, and to subscribe. Chris Dawson, the subject of the Teacher's Pet podcast, was arrested this morning and is to be charged with his former wife's murder. A new e...Show More

Podcast advertises on London's tube, and Post Reports debuts

1:57 | Dec 4th, 2018

Visit https://podnews.net/update/football-ramble-ads for all the links, and to subscribe. Radio Stakhanov podcast The Football Ramble is being advertised across thirteen subway stations in London. They were visible yesterday and to...Show More

Murder case reopened, thanks to a true-crime podcast

1:55 | Dec 3rd, 2018

Visit https://podnews.net/update/trace-murder-reopened for all the links, and to subscribe. Welcome to new subscribers from Spotify, Acast, Mumbrella, Fairfax Media, NY Public Radio, Wondery, Enders Analysis, Gimlet, Westwood One, th...Show More

Anchor launches Sponsorships for US podcasters

2:14 | Nov 30th, 2018

Visit https://podnews.net/update/anchor-sponsorships for all the links, and to subscribe. Anchor launched Sponsorships yesterday. The company says: "Anchor Sponsorships gets podcasters paid by matching them with sponsors and helpin...Show More

ESPN's record IAB compliant figures: but what does IAB compliance mean?

1:27 | Nov 29th, 2018

Visit https://podnews.net/update/iab-compliance-espn-saywhatnow for all the links, and to subscribe. ESPN Podcasts have released their monthly podcast figures for October, quoting "43.6m IAB compliant downloads" from RawVoice, and ...Show More

Voxnest helps monetise UK podcasts with DAX

1:23 | Nov 28th, 2018

Visit https://podnews.net/update/voxnest-dax for all the links, and to subscribe. Podcasting solution provider Voxnest announces today that it has partnered with DAX to help monetise UK audiences. Voxnest customers, including those...Show More

Record labels take podcaster to court for music in podcast

1:48 | Nov 27th, 2018

Visit https://podnews.net/update/record-company-court for all the links, and to subscribe. Universal Music Group and a further six major record labels have filed a lawsuit against the UK company iBus Media Ltd. They allege 46 copyr...Show More

Podcasters win at the APAs in London; and the WaPo's new daily podcast

1:41 | Nov 26th, 2018

Visit https://podnews.net/update/apas-2018-wapo for all the links, and to subscribe. The winners were revealed for the Audio Production Awards in London late last week. Podcast winners include a gold for Jessie Ware, the presenter ...Show More

Podcast wins prestigious journalism award

1:33 | Nov 23rd, 2018

Visit https://podnews.net/update/unravel-award for all the links, and to subscribe. Welcome new readers this week from Targetspot, Gimlet Media, Wondery, ESPN, NHPR, New York Public Radio and the CBC. In Australia, a podcast has wo...Show More

Deezer adds podcasting to its app in Colombia

2:00 | Nov 22nd, 2018

Visit https://podnews.net/update/deezer-colombia for all the links, and to subscribe. Thanks to Deezer for making podcasts available within their app in Colombia. The app now contains more than 20,000 podcasts in five different lan...Show More

Podcast listening now more diverse; I'm a Celeb podcast launches

1:43 | Nov 21st, 2018

Visit https://podnews.net/update/podcast-listening-diversity for all the links, and to subscribe. US podcasting has become listened-to by a more diverse audience, says Tom Webster from Edison Research. Podtrac has published its U...Show More

Advertising in podcasts that game the charts; and a free Google Home Mini speaker from Spotify

1:49 | Nov 20th, 2018

Visit https://podnews.net/update/magellan-ad-manipulation for all the links, and to subscribe. Magellan have looked closely at the podcast advertising within those naughty podcasts who are manipulating the Apple Podcast Charts, and...Show More

Reuters Institute publish smart speaker report

1:59 | Nov 19th, 2018

Visit https://podnews.net/update/reuters-institute-smart-speakers for all the links, and to subscribe. The Reuters Institute have published a smart speaker report focusing on news consumption - and many listeners want shorter news ...Show More

Anchor clarifies terms of service

1:59 | Nov 16th, 2018

Visit https://podnews.net/update/anchor-tos for all the links, and to subscribe. Welcome to new subscribers this week from companies like the BBC, Rogers, AdLarge, Castro, Player FM, the CBC, Global, Huffington Post and Nascar. The...Show More

Pocket Casts unveils redesigned podcast app

1:58 | Nov 15th, 2018

Visit https://podnews.net/update/pocketcasts-v7 for all the links, and to subscribe. Podcast app Pocket Casts have unveiled an entirely redesigned app for iOS, Android and the web (including new macOS and Windows apps). Highlights ...Show More

Pandora to add podcasts for its 76m US users

2:32 | Nov 14th, 2018

Visit https://podnews.net/update/pandora-podcast-genome-project for all the links, and to subscribe. Pandora, a US music service, has announced the launch of its podcast offering, powered by what it calls the Podcast Genome Project...Show More

Vox Media switches to Panoply; Spotify is planning shareable podcast playlists

1:59 | Nov 13th, 2018

Visit https://podnews.net/update/vox-media-switches-to-panoply for all the links, and to subscribe. Vox Media has selected Panoply as their new podcast host. The company will use the Megaphone Targeted Marketplace audience targeti...Show More

Three-quarters of top podcasts have ads in them; and podcasting makes it to SNL

2:00 | Nov 12th, 2018

Visit https://podnews.net/update/snl-poddies for all the links, and to subscribe. How many podcasts have ads? About three-quarters of the US top 100; and about a quarter of all podcasts, reckons podcast ad monitoring company Magell...Show More

Wolverine comes back for a second season

1:57 | Nov 6th, 2018

Visit https://podnews.net/update/wolverine-season-2 for all the links, and to subscribe. Marvel and Stitcher have announced Marvel’s “Wolverine: The Lost Trail” - the second season for the "critically-acclaimed scripted podcast ser...Show More

Radiodays Europe's Podcast Day host city for 2019 announced

1:58 | Nov 5th, 2018

Visit https://podnews.net/update/rde-pod-2019 for all the links, and to subscribe. Radiodays Europe's Podcast Day will be in London, it's been announced, on 13 June 2019. The preceding two events were in Copenhagen, Denmark. Span...Show More

Anchor shares podcast stats; The Guardian's daily podcast goes live

2:00 | Nov 2nd, 2018

Visit https://podnews.net/update/anchor-podcast-stats for all the links, and to subscribe. Podcast platform Anchor has posted data on how people listened to its podcasts in September. Apple Podcasts has 52% of all downloads; Spotif...Show More

Australian Podcast Awards open for entries; NPR training release more resources

1:51 | Nov 1st, 2018

Visit https://podnews.net/update/2019-australian-podcast-awards-entries for all the links, and to subscribe. Entries for the 2019 Australian Podcast Awards are now open - see below for more information. NPR Training has just rele...Show More

BBC launches new radio and podcast app

1:55 | Oct 31st, 2018

Visit https://podnews.net/update/bbc-launch-bbc-sounds for all the links, and to subscribe. The BBC has officially launched BBC Sounds, their radio and audio app, which "brings together 80,000 hours of unmissable music, radio and p...Show More

iHeartRadio comes to Mexico, and Stitcher gets into Waze

1:46 | Oct 30th, 2018

Visit https://podnews.net/update/iheartradio-mexico for all the links, and to subscribe. The iHeartRadio app is coming to Mexico, as part of a deal with radio group Grupo ACIR. The app includes podcasts (there's an add yours link i...Show More

Voxnest says 9.4% of all podcast downloads are on the Apple Watch

1:51 | Oct 29th, 2018

Visit https://podnews.net/update/apple-watch-surprise for all the links, and to subscribe. In data shared with Podnews, Voxnest says that, on average, 9.4% of all podcast downloads on its platform are on an Apple Watch device. The ...Show More

CBC's daily podcast, Front Burner, launches Monday

1:59 | Oct 26th, 2018

Visit https://podnews.net/update/cbc-podcast-front-burner for all the links, and to subscribe. In Canada, the CBC launches its daily news podcast on Monday. Called Front Burner, it is hosted by Jayme Poisson, as we reported on 1 Au...Show More

Limetown returns for a second season

2:00 | Oct 25th, 2018

Visit https://podnews.net/update/limetown-returns for all the links, and to subscribe. Anchor is promising to build a podcast studio in your office for free. If you're in New York, and if you pay for the equipment. The Washington...Show More

Eleven year-old maths genius hosts a new podcast

1:59 | Oct 24th, 2018

Visit https://podnews.net/update/eleven-year-old-podcast-host for all the links, and to subscribe. Magellan has unveiled US podcasting's top advertisers for September: new to the top 15 is banking company CapitalOne, and a pillow c...Show More

iHeartRadio launch Podcast Awards

1:40 | Oct 23rd, 2018

Visit https://podnews.net/update/iheartradio-podcast-awards for all the links, and to subscribe. iHeartRadio announces the "first podcast awards", says the Hollywood Reporter. "The podcast industry is getting its own awards show," ...Show More

Full keynote from OzPod 2018; don't photograph Apple's earbuds

2:00 | Oct 22nd, 2018

Visit https://podnews.net/update/cridland-ozpod-2018 for all the links, and to subscribe. From Australia's OzPod 2018 last week, watch the full keynote from James Cridland, Podnews's editor, with all data from Australia's podcast c...Show More

Australian 'Podcast Working Group' formed by radio; and UK's audio winners announced

1:38 | Oct 19th, 2018

Visit https://podnews.net/update/australian-podcast-working-group for all the links, and to subscribe. Industry association Commercial Radio Australia has announced it will establish a Podcast Working Group, comprised of all major ...Show More

Triton Digital bought by Stitcher's owner, Scripps

1:28 | Oct 18th, 2018

Visit https://podnews.net/update/triton-scripps for all the links, and to subscribe. Enterprise digital audio company Triton Digital is to be bought by Scripps, who also own Stitcher and Midroll Media (as well as a number of US tel...Show More

New Australian podcast research; how spammers are targeting Apple Podcasts

1:50 | Oct 17th, 2018

Visit https://podnews.net/update/australian-podcast-research-2018 for all the links, and to subscribe. Chartable focus on how spammers are targeting the Apple Podcast Charts, including a useful guide on how to spot a fake: "Apple ...Show More

SoundCloud renews with DAX; how to use music in your podcast

1:42 | Oct 3rd, 2018

Can’t see any links? Visit https://podnews.net/update/soundcloud-renews-with-dax for all the links, and to subscribe. SoundCloud, a popular podcast and music host, has renewed its exclusive advertising deal with DAX in the UK. Nico Vetesse, a comp...Show More

Spotify unveils new podcasters portal for you to submit your show

1:57 | Oct 2nd, 2018

Can’t see any links? Visit https://podnews.net/update/spotify-podcaster-portal for all the links, and to subscribe. Spotify, the second-largest podcast platform in the world, has today released a dedicated podcasters portal. The website now lets you...Show More

Google Podcasts turns on Chromecast; and Podcast Awards 2018 winners

1:57 | Oct 1st, 2018

Can’t see any links? Visit https://podnews.net/update/google-podcasts-chromecast for all the links, and to subscribe.Welcome to our new subscribers last week, including excellent folk from Acast, Simplecast, MDR, Pocketcasts, Westwood One, the BBC, A...Show More

Spotify - podcast listening up 367%; also increases on Deezer

1:52 | Sep 28th, 2018

Can’t see any links? Visit https://podnews.net/update/spotify-deezer-podcast-stats for all the links, and to subscribe. Spotify say that podcast listening on the platform is growing. "In Germany, podcast listening on Spotify has increased 150% year-...Show More

Apple share podcast authoring tips, and Audioboom advertise a podcast on the TV

1:51 | Sep 27th, 2018

Can’t see any links? Visit https://podnews.net/update/apple-podcast-authoring-tips for all the links, and to subscribe. Apple have shared podcast authoring best practices. It covers loudness levels (-16 LKFS, which is the same as -16 LUFS, and a -1 ...Show More

Canadian podcast research reveals requirement to help new listeners

1:59 | Sep 26th, 2018

Can’t see any links? Visit https://podnews.net/update/canadian-podcast-research-released for all the links, and to subscribe. Canadian Podcast Listener have written up learnings from their recent survey into podcast listening in the country. Breakin...Show More

How to be a top ten podcast; and how to make a great branded podcast

2:00 | Sep 25th, 2018

Can’t see any links? Visit https://podnews.net/update/top-ten-podcast for all the links, and to subscribe. Chartable write a piece about how to get into the top ten (of the Apple Podcast charts) with three case studies, based on their analysis of th...Show More

What is Spotify really measuring?

1:56 | Sep 24th, 2018

Can’t see any links? Visit https://podnews.net/update/spotify-measurement for all the links, and to subscribe. What do your Spotify stats actually say? Blubrry's Todd Cochrane comments on the New Media Show that they measure "listens", not downloads,...Show More

Podcast Trends Report published, and Serial season 3 starts

1:09 | Sep 21st, 2018

Can’t see any links? Visit https://podnews.net/update/podcast-trends-report for all the links, and to subscribe. DiscoverPods publish their Podcast Trends Report, some interesting survey results. Caution should be shown regarding the self-selecting ...Show More

BuzzFeed cuts their podcasting team and closes the majority of their podcasts

2:00 | Sep 20th, 2018

Can’t see any links? Visit https://podnews.net/update/buzzfeed-closes-podcasts for all the links, and to subscribe. BuzzFeed has cut their podcasting team to focus on video, the Wall Street Journal reports. "As a result of the changes, most of BuzzF...Show More

Panoply suddenly closes its podcast content division

1:54 | Sep 13th, 2018

Panoply has announced that it is letting go of its entire editorial staff, and is no longer developing new podcasts or handling direct sales. It is focusing on Megaphone, its podcast hosting platform, which powers 8% of the US top 400 podcasts, and w...Show More

New logo for Stitcher; new daily podcast for The Guardian

1:53 | Sep 12th, 2018

Stitcher has a new logo. "A bit more modern, a bit bolder. Representative of the continuing evolution of podcasting, yet still harkening back to our roots." Podcasters are asked to update their listen badges: visit the partner portal and then hit "pr...Show More

When life gives you Parkinson's

2:00 | Sep 11th, 2018

Ten million people have been diagnosed with it - but few people know much about it. When life gives you Parkinson's launches tomorrow; co-hosted by Larry Gifford (above), a thirty-year broadcast veteran who was diagnosed in August 2017. "My goal is t...Show More

Twitter launches Periscope Audio for live audio streaming

1:59 | Sep 10th, 2018

Twitter has launched Periscope Audio - an audio-only version of Periscope, which allows you to stream to Twitter users anywhere in the world. The feature was dreamt up during a hackweek for the company. Podstand is a new tool, allowing you to share...Show More

Audiobooks pitted against movies: which are more emotionally engaging?

1:38 | Sep 7th, 2018

What is Shortwave, a rumoured new audio app from Google (Aug 13)? We still don't know for sure. But today, we know what it looked like a while ago - a product based on short pieces of snackable audio content. Research: which is more emotionally eng...Show More

Manipulated: the Top Charts on Apple Podcasts are broken

1:51 | Sep 6th, 2018

In an astonishing video, Twitter user Lime Link posts a video that shows the extent of Apple Podcasts Chart manipulation: it shows a clever way of how to spot the podcasts gaming the system, and how to do it yourself (don't). We reported this in Ma...Show More

EXTRA: Serial to return on September 20

0:00 | Sep 5th, 2018

EXTRA! We reported in May that hit podcast Serial was to return for a new season in Q3 2018. Season 3 is to debut on September 20 (with two episodes). New episodes released every Thursday. There's a trailer on the Serial website, which also conta...Show More

How is Google Podcasts doing: and what could it do better?

1:39 | Sep 5th, 2018

How is Google Podcasts doing? And how could it do better? Editor of Podnews, James Cridland, writes an opinion piece with a few ideas for Mountain View; the story also includes data from Libsyn, ART19, Omny Studio and Whooshkaa. Panoply have posted...Show More

iHeartRadio embed tools, and Apple Podcast Chart manipulators

1:20 | Sep 4th, 2018

It's been a long weekend in the US and Canada. Welcome back! People are still offering to manipulate the Apple Podcasts Chart. Some podcasters are being threatened by negative reviews if podcasters don't buy their "service". (We'd like to see examp...Show More

Dutch podcast network hits a million downloads a month; and Apple Podcasts gets a redesign

1:52 | Sep 3rd, 2018

In an interesting blog post, UX designer Henry Cheng interviews users of the Apple Podcasts app, and redesigns it to make it better. Of particular interest: in his mockup, "search" returns not just that person's podcast, but other podcasts they've ap...Show More

My Dad Wrote A... takes over the Apple Podcast chart

1:49 | Aug 31st, 2018

My Dad Wrote A..., says @matt, "shows the value in going big to 'launch' a new season. It's a good way of reminding old listeners but also attracting new ones. The (UK) Apple Podcast Top 200 episode chart currently has over 60 (of their 80) episodes ...Show More

Survey: US public radio fans are heavy podcast users

1:59 | Aug 30th, 2018

Jacobs Media have released their US-based Public Radio Techsurvey 2018. It shows significant use of podcast and on-demand audio by younger public radio fans. Top reasons why public radio fans don't listen to podcasts: "I don't know how" (27%); "I'm j...Show More

The BBC start commissioning new podcasts

2:00 | Aug 29th, 2018

The BBC have started an open-ended commissioning round for podcasts (for BBC Sounds, their new app); there are four briefs open to existing suppliers, and further down this page, a surprisingly useful set of 11 rules marked "what makes podcasts disti...Show More

The FCC is podcasting now; and a podcast festival for Vancouver

1:56 | Aug 28th, 2018

The FCC, the US communications regulator, has launched its own podcast: More Than Seven Dirty Words. Self-hosted, it does not appear to be on any podcast apps yet (that comes soon, says the government agency). Magellan posts the top 20 brands adver...Show More

Should Kim Kardashian listen to your podcast?

1:55 | Aug 27th, 2018

Is this the day podcasts go mainstream? Kim Kardashian has discovered podcasts, and she wants to know what to listen to. Spotify is moving too slowly and tentatively, says Fast Company's David Lidsky. It points out that the $1m Amy Schumer 3 Girls,...Show More

How many podcasts are no longer being updated?

1:55 | Aug 24th, 2018

There might be about 540,000 shows in Apple Podcasts, but they're not all active. In fact, according to Todd Cochrane from Blubrry, 75% of podcast [shows] are no longer in production, he tells Stephen Goldstein - a phenomenon known as "podfade". Sepa...Show More

Spotify sign exclusive deal with Joe Budden

1:59 | Aug 23rd, 2018

A correction - yesterday Podnews said that Anchor podcasters "were not subject to the same approval process as others". We were wrong: Anchor podcasts are subject to the same manual Apple Podcast Approval; although they're all posted under Anchor's a...Show More

Chartable analyses the top platforms for podcasting

1:55 | Aug 22nd, 2018

Chartable has published a "top podcast hosting platforms" piece of data work, analysing >500,000 podcasts in the Apple iTunes catalogue. It highlights hosts for popular podcasts and for podcasts with ten or more episodes (both of which are very diffe...Show More

The power of podcasting; and Beasley hires Podcast Captains

1:49 | Aug 21st, 2018

The power of podcasting. Comedy podcast We Fact Up got sent the above email recently; who'd have thought that Dave and Redd's "discussion and general stupidity" could help in this way? All aboard! US commercial radio broadcaster Beasley Broadcastin...Show More

RadioPublic's calls to action; and understanding podcast stats

1:24 | Aug 20th, 2018

Following announcements last week from Overcast and Anchor about donate links - RadioPublic is also supporting calls to action. Job: Senior Podcast Producer, WBUR. Get your job listed free: updates@podnews.net Zoom is sponsoring a category in 201...Show More

Anchor Listener Support now natively supported in podcast apps; and Amazon Alexa is caching audio

1:53 | Aug 17th, 2018

Anchor's Listener Support (Aug 10) is now natively supported in podcast apps, the company has just announced. "Support on Anchor" buttons are now visible in versions of Breaker and RadioPublic, with support from Castro and Podcast Addict promised sho...Show More

Donation links to come to Overcast and others; PRX and PRI to merge

1:50 | Aug 16th, 2018

Marco Arment, the developer of iOS podcast app Overcast, has announced forthcoming support of a new "payment" link for podcasts - a big green payment button will appear in the next version of Overcast to clearly link to donation pages. It's a simple ...Show More

Podkite launches; Acast adds a voice app (in Swedish)

1:57 | Aug 15th, 2018

Podkite launched today. "It's an analytics and intelligence platform for individual podcasters, larger publishers and advertisers", they tell us, and they measure both Apple Podcasts and Google Podcasts. This might be the first platform to measure G...Show More

Start Here reaches 100; and is New and Noteworthy really Old and Broken?

1:53 | Aug 14th, 2018

The 100th episode of Start Here from ABC News posts this morning. It's been to more than a hundred countries, and has interviewed a wide range of newsmakers including former FBI Director James Comey (above). Veritone One have acquired Performance B...Show More

Apple Podcasts Connect still broken

1:42 | Aug 13th, 2018

Still can't log into Apple Podcasts Connect? You're not alone - the best and brightest in Cupertino are fixing it right now, according to an enterprising Redditor. Internal ticket 2900775 is the one to watch, if you're on the inside. Are you using ...Show More

Anchor launch a Patreon competitor, Listener Support

1:50 | Aug 10th, 2018

Anchor have announced Anchor Listener Support. It lets listeners pay a monthly pledge ($1, $5, $10) for your podcasts through Apple Pay or Google Pay. Including payment costs, fees are 9.5% plus $0.10 per transaction; Patreon takes 0.5% more. Listene...Show More

A new UK podcasting convention; and growth for iHeartRadio

1:49 | Aug 9th, 2018

PodUK, a UK podcasting convention, has been announced - it'll be in Birmingham in February next year. "PodUK will feature a host of brilliant British podcasters (to be announced), and will feature panels, live recordings, meet n’ greets, workshops, f...Show More

Audible eliminates a large number of podcasting roles

1:55 | Aug 8th, 2018

Audible have unexpectedly eliminated a large number of roles, including "nearly the entire group responsible for Audible’s shorter-form podcast-style programming", Nick Quah says in HotPod. (We covered Eric Nuzum's exit yesterday). It's unclear what ...Show More

Alex Jones removed from Apple, Spreaker, YouTube, Facebook, Pinterest

1:57 | Aug 7th, 2018

Buzzfeed News reports that Apple has now removed Alex Jones's podcasts from its platform, saying "Apple does not tolerate hate speech". Previously, Spotify had removed specific episodes. Infowars content has additionally been removed from Stitcher, F...Show More

Podnews adds a new jobs board; and Paramount signs a new podcast movie

1:59 | Aug 6th, 2018

As the podcast industry grows, Podnews has added a (bare-bones) jobs board. It's free for now as we build up its technical capability: you can add your position by emailing updates@podnews.net. We plan to add an area for job seekers soon, too. You'll...Show More

#OzPod2018 returns; Alex Jones episodes removed from Spotify

2:00 | Aug 3rd, 2018

The Australian ABC has announced the return of OzPod, the podcast conference. This year it's on October 17 in a new venue: Melbourne. Headlining are ESPN's Julia Henderson (30 for 30) , and CBC's Veronica Simmonds (Alone: A Love Story). Also in the l...Show More

New podcast host Transistor launches; Simplecast trails new features

1:46 | Aug 2nd, 2018

Podcast host Transistor launched yesterday, offering hosting, analytics, and distribution for folks who are using podcasts to build their brand and grow their audience. It became #1 on Product Hunt; and has posted guides on their product's features v...Show More

Spotify faces criticism for podcasts; and Edison Research shares #PM18 data

2:12 | Aug 1st, 2018

Spotify, the second largest podcast platform, is attracting criticism for hosting on its platform The Alex Jones Show Podcast from the conspiracy theorist and far-right broadcaster. Jones has had some material removed from YouTube, and Spotify recent...Show More

More podcast speakers for Next Radio; HowStuffWorks signs with Whooshkaa

0:00 | Jul 31st, 2018

Next Radio, the ideas conference, have announced a new set of speakers including Sharon Taylor from Omny Studio talking about podcast monetisation and Susie Warhurst from Acast discussing branded podcasts. The conference is in central London on Sept ...Show More

Teacher's Pet reaches new milestone, and talks and learnings from Podcast Movement #PM18

0:00 | Jul 30th, 2018

Teacher's Pet, a podcast heavily promoted by The Australian, has now achieved 4 million downloads. The #2 global podcast platform Spotify published their financial results. The company has 83m premium subscribers, and 180m monthly active users - up...Show More

Anchor to open a free podcast studio in New York

0:00 | Jul 27th, 2018

Podcast platform Anchor announces at Podcast Movement that they're opening the Anchor Podcast Lab, a dedicated studio space at Anchor’s HQ in Manhattan NY, USA that will be open and completely free for anyone who wants to make a podcast. Wordpress ...Show More

Reports from Podcast Movement; and Earios launches funding drive

0:00 | Jul 26th, 2018

US radio website All Access covers Tuesday at Podcast Movement, focusing on the business panels. Their coverage of Wednesday highlights the radio-specific track. Radio Ink also covers Podcast Movement, with a piece on challenges to podcasting; plus...Show More

AdsWizz partners with podcast hosts to help monetise podcasting

0:00 | Jul 25th, 2018

AdsWizz has launched a podcast platform partnership program with a set of podcast hosts including Blubrry, Libsyn, Voxnest, StreamGuys and EmpireStreaming. The program offers 'massively accelerated revenue growth' to podcasters on those platforms. ...Show More

Data from Acast and Nielsen focus on commercial benefits of podcast audience

0:00 | Jul 24th, 2018

Acast releases data from their Acast Audio Intelligence Report for the US and the UK. Podcast listeners are big earners and big spenders, says the research, earning 28% more in the UK, and 51% more in the US. They also trust the ads in podcasts more ...Show More

Podcast Movement delgates gather

0:00 | Jul 23rd, 2018

Podcasters are converging on Philadelphia PA, USA, for Podcast Movement 2018. The conference starts tomorrow, but pre-conference events are taking part today; the Twitter hashtag for the event is #PM18. The Editor of Podnews is moderating a panel on ...Show More

NPR and Edison Research release their Smart Audio Report

0:00 | Jul 20th, 2018

The Smart Audio Report from NPR and Edison Research has been released, highlighting the behaviour of the 43m Americans who own a smart speaker, according to the study. There is lots of data in the full slide deck. 39% of smart-speaker owners say the...Show More

Audioboom release half-yearly results; the US's biggest podcast advertisers

0:00 | Jul 19th, 2018

Audioboom have published positive half-year results, showing that revenue is 43% up vs this time last year; operating loss has reduced by 18%; total downloads have increased by 14%. The Board also claims that they have enough funding to see the compa...Show More

Skype to add an official call-recorder; and Podnews em Português: ouça agora!

0:00 | Jul 18th, 2018

Skype will soon let you record your calls. The feature launches later this month in Skype 8; older versions of Skype will stop working in a few months. Thanks to Megafono, the Brazilian podcast host, you can now listen to Podnews em Português ever...Show More

Advertising your podcast on Facebook; and how to take a break

0:00 | Jul 13th, 2018

"I boosted a Facebook post to advertise my podcast - here are my results", reports the host of the History of Witchcraft podcast. Often asked in Facebook groups, Dan Misener advises how to take a break from your podcast. Rob Peterson from Audiob...Show More

South Africa's 'big podcasting moment', and how to link to your podcast more effectively

0:00 | Jul 12th, 2018

Sanlam, a South African financial institution, has launched The 200 Year Old, a podcast that the press release calls South Africa's big podcasting moment. Podnews Editor, James Cridland, posts an opinion piece: How to link to your podcast more effe...Show More

Donating to podcasts via an Amazon Alexa smart speaker; over 5,000 entries for podcast competition

0:00 | Jul 11th, 2018

"Alexa - donate to my favourite podcast." KUOW and NPR are working on a way to use Amazon Alexa voice assistants to donate money to podcasters or public radio. Notable: 25% of KUOW's live streaming is through Alexa. Amazon is also experimenting, fo...Show More

Acast listening doubles over the past year

0:00 | Jul 10th, 2018

Acast have seen their monthly listens doubling over the past year, and their podcasts have now been downloaded 1.5 billion times. The results come as the Stockholm-based company celebrates its fourth birthday. Edison Research is to unveil a new stu...Show More

Google Podcasts is indexing premium podcast feeds

0:00 | Jul 9th, 2018

In the New Media Show over the weekend, Google Podcast product manager Zack Reneau-Weden was interviewed. He gave strong hints that Google Podcasts would be available on more platforms in future; discussed support for deep links into audio, like chap...Show More

Podbean helps with secure feeds; and Outlier Podcast Festival Los Angeles

0:00 | Jul 6th, 2018

Podbean has announced that it will migrate to secure podcast feeds, including helping their customers who use custom domains. Apple said it will require secure feeds at some point in the future. You can check whether your podcast feed is secure by se...Show More

Formula 1 launch its first-ever podcast

0:00 | Jul 5th, 2018

Formula 1 are launching their first-ever podcast, with podcast company Audioboom. Called Beyond The Grid, it's sponsored by Bose. Podcast host Acast appear to be quietly supporting the use of Podcast Pingback, the lightweight podcast metrics servic...Show More

Matthew Bannister to launch Folk on Foot; and launch of AudioUK

0:00 | Jul 4th, 2018

Matthew Bannister, the BBC presenter and former Radio 1 Controller, is to launch a new podcast called Folk on Foot: with some of the UK’s finest folk artists, he'll take listeners to the heartland of the places that have inspired their music. The U...Show More

Podcast Awards open; and a live podcast on Twitch

0:00 | Jul 3rd, 2018

The Podcast Awards are open for listener nominations. Podcasters need to register their podcasts first (US$10). (Listeners: how's about a nomination for Podnews?) A live podcast on Twitch - Westwood One Podcast Network stars Eric Bischoff and Conra...Show More

Donald Trump pranked by a podcaster; and a podcast map

0:00 | Jul 2nd, 2018

President Donald Trump was pranked by a podcaster - by the host of The Stuttering John Podcast. Podmap is a nice project, mapping the home town of podcasts. The first podcast from everywhere in the world? Palle Bo, the host of The Radio Vagabond,...Show More

Cleanfeed adds a 'pro' option

0:00 | May 10th, 2018

Cleanfeed, a 'remote audio service' for radio and podcasters wanting to get audio from different locations, have announced Cleanfeed Pro, a professional version of their free service with a number of additional features. The base version remains free...Show More

Pocket Casts promise they won't change

0:00 | May 9th, 2018

Pocket Casts have written a new blog post to allay concerns about its acquisition by a consortium of US public radio companies (and its new CEO). Meanwhile, it's the subject of HotPod 162 this week - Nick interviews NPR's chief digital officer Thomas...Show More

Sonix launches 'SEO-friendly' podcast player

0:00 | May 8th, 2018

Sonix have released what they call an "SEO-friendly podcast player". There's an example on their page announcing the service: it transcribes your podcast in chunks, and the company says that Google should index the podcast content as a result. Stev...Show More

Australian Podcast Awards Winners

0:00 | May 7th, 2018

Radiodays Europe's Podcast Day have announced new speakers. The event is on 12 June in Copenhagen, Denmark. Use the code PODNEWS for a discount of over 15%. The rise of native advertising bodes well for the podcasting industry, says Kurt Laufer. "W...Show More

Pocket Casts acquired

0:00 | May 4th, 2018

Pocket Casts, which is an iOS, Android and desktop podcast app, has been purchased by a combined public radio group of WNYC, NPR, WBEZ and This American Life. The team announced on their blog that they're all joining the new venture, and the ethos be...Show More

Podcast fans' purchase power, and kids get Alexa skills

0:00 | May 3rd, 2018

With Nielsen, podcast network Cadence13 released a slew of data around podcast listener purchasing power today; including where podcast listeners over-index. (Snacks!) Children's radio station Fun Kids is a launch partner for Amazon Alexa skills fo...Show More

Infinite Dial Australia released

0:00 | May 2nd, 2018

Edison Research have unveiled their Infinite Dial Australia research, which is directly comparable to their recent data from the US and Canada. 13% of Australians listen to podcasts every week. (Canada: 19%; US 17%). The research also says that 14% o...Show More

Breaking: Acast and the BBC partner on international podcast deal

0:00 | May 1st, 2018

Breaking: Acast has done a deal with the BBC to monetise its podcasts outside the UK. In a press release, the Corporation has announced that its 30m podcast downloads per month outside the UK will be monetised by Acast with a pre and post roll. UK li...Show More

50bn podcast downloads so far: stats from Apple Podcasts

0:00 | Apr 30th, 2018

Stats from Apple Podcasts: 525,000 active shows; 18.5m episodes; the service has just hit 50bn all-time downloads. Would a simple addition to your RSS feed fix podcast measurement? Podcast Pingback is a method of adding minute-by-minute measurement...Show More

Reese Witherspoon produces a new podcast

0:00 | Apr 27th, 2018

Reese Witherspoon's Hello Sunshine is producing a new podcast. How it is "will focus on first-person stories from women about their lived experiences". The final part of the Google podcasting strategy posts from Pacific Content discusses Instant Tr...Show More