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Mythbusting: are downloads from 'AppleCoreMedia' mostly Apple Podcasts?
Mythbusting: are downloads from 'AppleCoreMedia' mostly Apple Podcasts?
Traffic from an AppleCoreMedia user agent should be lumped into the total numbers for Apple Podcasts. Is that true?
Podcasts - do they mean more spam?
Podcasts - do they mean more spam?
If you do a podcast, is your email address being used for marketing emails?
Are Anchor podcasts different?
Are Anchor podcasts different?
Is Anchor full of dead podcasts and rubbish? Or is there a plan here for Spotify?
The podcast industry's biggest spammer
The podcast industry's biggest spammer
Who has sent us more unsolicited commercial email than anyone else?
Fighting podcast spam with RSS.com
Fighting podcast spam with RSS.com
Some people are taking advantage of free plans to promote the oldest profession on the planet: the sex trade. Here's how RSS.com stopped that.
Facebook adds a podcast player in its app, powered by Spotify
Facebook adds a podcast player in its app, powered by Spotify
A podcast player comes to Facebook - as long as you're listed in Spotify
Facebook Podcasts: how to monitor your plays in your logfiles
Facebook Podcasts: how to monitor your plays in your logfiles
Is your podcast host measuring Facebook Podcasts correctly? Here's what we saw.
Facebook Podcasts - a coding error means it's not as big as you think
Facebook Podcasts - a coding error means it's not as big as you think
Facebook Podcasts is big, we're told. It might be - but not for listens
The Podcast Academy: Hernan Lopez keynote at Podcast Movement Evolutions
The Podcast Academy: Hernan Lopez keynote at Podcast Movement Evolutions
The full video, and transcript, from Hernan Lopez's keynote speech at Podcast Movement Evolutions 2020 in Los Angeles CA, USA.
Analysis: Is Spotify REALLY bigger than Apple Podcasts?
Analysis: Is Spotify REALLY bigger than Apple Podcasts?
How can Spotify really be #1 when Apple is clearly so much larger?
Apple Podcast Connect's terms of service, March 24, 2022
Apple Podcast Connect's terms of service, March 24, 2022
The terms of service, as published by Apple on 24 March 2022
What is a podcast?
What is a podcast?
What is the definition of the word 'podcast'? It's a simple question: but it doesn't, quite, have a simple answer.
How many podcasts are there?
How many podcasts are there?
What's the total number of podcasts out there? And how many episodes? And how much has podcasting grown in the last five years.
A note from Daniel Ek to all Spotify staff
A note from Daniel Ek to all Spotify staff
A note sent by Spotify CEO Daniel Ek to all staff, focusing on the Joe Rogan Experience controversy
Shown the red card - has Audiochuck's new podcast copied someone else?
Shown the red card - has Audiochuck's new podcast copied someone else?
Audiochuck's new podcast The Deck seems quite familiar to the producers of Dealing Justice.
iHeartRadio Podcast Awards: the 2022 winners
iHeartRadio Podcast Awards: the 2022 winners
The most innovative talent and content creators in the industry were honored.
Missing: the shows from these big Spotify announcements
Missing: the shows from these big Spotify announcements
Over the last two years, Spotify have been busy announcing deals for podcasts. But when it comes to the shows themselves, where are they?
Podcasts with the same name: what to do and how to prevent it
Podcasts with the same name: what to do and how to prevent it
Would a registered trademark help? Or something else?
The end of open: BBC blocks its podcasts on Google [UPDATED]
The end of open: BBC blocks its podcasts on Google [UPDATED]
The BBC has blocked access to its podcasts from Google Assistant, Google Podcasts and Google Search.
Music supervision and licensing for podcasts
Music supervision and licensing for podcasts
How easy is it to get commercial music cleared for a podcast? It's easy to say no, but there are companies that'll help. Here's what's involved with music licensing.
Audio quality comparisons
Audio quality comparisons
What effect does bitrate, samplerate, and mono/stereo have on audio quality?
The 100 most popular podcast names
The 100 most popular podcast names
The most popular podcast names - including Daniel's Show
Apple Podcasts channels
Apple Podcasts channels
What Apple Podcasts channels exist? How many shows are paid-for in Apple Podcasts?
New podcast apps
New podcast apps
Want a full list of new podcast apps with additional features from the podcast namespace? Find it all here.
Is YouTube the answer to Google's Podcast woes?
Is YouTube the answer to Google's Podcast woes?
Why isn't Google bigger with podcast listeners? Matthew Stevens highlights the missteps the company has made in the past, and its bright future
US podcast app downloads and audiences: Sep 2021
US podcast app downloads and audiences: Sep 2021
Podcast data shows Apple is close to be beaten by Spotify for monthly users; but not for downloads - and significant differences in engagement
The podcast market in Latvia
The podcast market in Latvia
The country where YouTube rules; where podcasters work together, and around 20% listen every month
Apple Podcasts - top subscriptions and top free channels
Apple Podcasts - top subscriptions and top free channels
The most popular channels on Apple Podcasts, both free and paid-for, is the first publisher-based data from the company
Spotify vs Apple: who's bigger really?
Spotify vs Apple: who's bigger really?
Buzzsprout says Apple is neck-and-neck with Spotify for podcast downloads. Libsyn says Apple is more than four times bigger for downloads. Who is right?
Some unusual terms and conditions from podcast companies
Some unusual terms and conditions from podcast companies
We discover some of the more strange clauses from podcast hosts and similar companies
Apple Podcasts's changes: why it doesn't see your new episode instantly
Apple Podcasts's changes: why it doesn't see your new episode instantly
There's been a big change in the way Apple Podcasts works in iOS 14.5
Is Clubhouse Not Your Thing? Alternative Audio Platforms for Podcasters to Leverage
Is Clubhouse Not Your Thing? Alternative Audio Platforms for Podcasters to Leverage
What are some other platforms that podcasters should consider checking out that may or may not be helpful?
Mythbusting: is Anchor full of dead shows, and does it matter?
Mythbusting: is Anchor full of dead shows, and does it matter?
Is Anchor really full of dead shows? And what would it mean if it was anyway? Is that really a bad thing?
Is it a lemon? Apple's botched podcasts rollout
Is it a lemon? Apple's botched podcasts rollout
A month later, how's the new Apple Podcasts? Not good, it turns out. We ask publishers how things are going.
Audio quality for music streaming - and lossless podcasts?
Audio quality for music streaming - and lossless podcasts?
Audio quality is a new battleground for the music streaming companies. What does it mean? And, particularly, what does it mean for podcasting?
Mythbusting: does Spotify re-download cached episodes?
Mythbusting: does Spotify re-download cached episodes?
Does Spotify re-download episodes if their content changes?
Mythbusting: does Spotify deliver downloaded episodes again if they change?
Mythbusting: does Spotify deliver downloaded episodes again if they change?
If you change the audio, does Spotify re-download it to any app that has downloaded the show?
Why Podcast Marketing is a Must for Your Business
Why Podcast Marketing is a Must for Your Business
Fatima Zaidi, the Co-founder and CEO of Quill Inc, posts six reasons why businesses need to take advantage of podcast marketing
A proposal: do we need an Incognito Mode for podcast apps?
A proposal: do we need an Incognito Mode for podcast apps?
How can we let users control their privacy, and publishers control their content?
The team behind podcasting's DDoS
The team behind podcasting's DDoS
Podnews talks to the person responsible for DDoSing a number of podcast hosts
How many podcasts are there in each category?
How many podcasts are there in each category?
How many podcasts are there in each Apple Podcasts category? We take a quick look
Escapism and Changing Habits: how 2020 influenced podcasting
Escapism and Changing Habits: how 2020 influenced podcasting
Changes to our morning commutes and daily routines meant changes in our listening habits
How podcasts are helping Caribbean people during the pandemic
How podcasts are helping Caribbean people during the pandemic
The podcast boom has revived Caribbean storytelling in a time of uncertainty.
Review: The Spotify Play, by Sven Carlsson and Jonas Leijonhufvud
Review: The Spotify Play, by Sven Carlsson and Jonas Leijonhufvud
A review of 'The Spotify Play: How CEO and Founder Daniel Ek Beat Apple, Google, and Amazon in the Race for Audio Dominance', by Sven Carlsson and Jonas Leijonhufvud
Can you help yourself to free podcasts for your audio app?
Can you help yourself to free podcasts for your audio app?
Can anyone take your RSS feed and use your podcast audio however they want? Another company doesn't quite understand the way that podcasters work.
The best podcasts in the world - Apple Podcasts 2020
The best podcasts in the world - Apple Podcasts 2020
The biggest shows of 2020, according to the largest podcast platform in the world
Podcasting offers novel ways of media reporting in South Africa
Podcasting offers novel ways of media reporting in South Africa
Johannesburg-based podcast production studio Volume got creative, using WhatsApp to shed light on how media startups in South Africa were reporting on the toughest parts of the Covid-19 pandemic.
How to pirate someone else's podcast onto Anchor
How to pirate someone else's podcast onto Anchor
Pirating someone else's podcast is easy - you don't even need to know the RSS feed of the podcast you want to pirate. Let us show you how: and what Anchor ought to be doing.
Updates in iOS14's Apple Podcasts app for podcasters
Updates in iOS14's Apple Podcasts app for podcasters
What new features in iOS14's Apple Podcasts means to podcasters, and why they matter
All you need to know: podcasts in Amazon Music
All you need to know: podcasts in Amazon Music
Where podcasts in Amazon Music are, how to get yours listed, and how many shows
The podcast app that's eight times bigger than you thought
The podcast app that's eight times bigger than you thought
One of the oldest and best-known audio apps is probably much bigger than you think.
Anchor could automatically delete your account without warning
Anchor could automatically delete your account without warning
The robots are coming - Anchor removed an entire account within two hours of posting one piece of new audio.
Do ID3 tags matter for SEO?
Do ID3 tags matter for SEO?
Are they a sure-fire way of helping your SEO? Or not used at all?
Will podcasts prove to be recession-proof? One business that’s booming during the pandemic - podcasting
Will podcasts prove to be recession-proof? One business that’s booming during the pandemic - podcasting
With revenues down in traditional media as advertisers pull out amidst the global pandemic, one platform is proving to be well, recession-proof.
The Podcast Academy: what and why?
The Podcast Academy: what and why?
Rob Greenlee writes about what The Podcast Academy is there for, and how to join
Podcast transcripts: who's in control?
Podcast transcripts: who's in control?
Is automation a good idea for all transcripts? And who gets to choose?
How much does Anchor add to Spotify's bandwidth bill?
How much does Anchor add to Spotify's bandwidth bill?
Bandwidth isn't cheap: for many podcast hosts, it's the biggest bill they have. We were curious: how much does Anchor add to Spotify's bandwidth bill?
Podcasting's Growing Market Imbalance
Podcasting's Growing Market Imbalance
Too many podcasts, not enough listeners?
Today's most popular Android podcast apps
Today's most popular Android podcast apps
What are the best podcast apps for Android? We look at the data.
The publishers who don't want their podcast to be on every platform
The publishers who don't want their podcast to be on every platform
The podcast publishers who are making deliberate choices to stop audiences finding their podcasts on some platforms
Google Podcasts Manager: a first look
Google Podcasts Manager: a first look
We take a look at the new analytics service from Google Podcasts - and discover a way to submit your podcast
New Weekly Podtrac Download and Audience Data Amid the COVID-19 Crisis
New Weekly Podtrac Download and Audience Data Amid the COVID-19 Crisis
Data from the US's largest podcast measurement tool
How the coronavirus is affecting podcast downloads
How the coronavirus is affecting podcast downloads
Are downloads down, or up, because of the effect of covid-19, self isolation, and working from home?
Eight Things I Learned Making a Podcast about How F*cked We Are
Eight Things I Learned Making a Podcast about How F*cked We Are
Lessons learnt when developing and making the first season of Crazy Town
Opinion: podcast hosts should not be forced to remove fake COVID-19 information
Opinion: podcast hosts should not be forced to remove fake COVID-19 information
It's a first step towards censorship, argues Gordon Firemark
What app buttons should you have on your podcast website?
What app buttons should you have on your podcast website?
The Apple Podcasts one, of course, but which else? We discover something interesting from our own data.
HubHopper republishing hijacked RSS feeds: their response
HubHopper republishing hijacked RSS feeds: their response
Our original story, and their response, shows much to be concerned about
In podcasting too, consent isn't optional
In podcasting too, consent isn't optional
Some podcast companies are endangering the strange and potentially fragile equilibrium between the listeners, the creators, and the apps that are connecting them
Review: Make Noise, a creator's guide to podcasting and great audio storytelling, by Eric Nuzum
Review: Make Noise, a creator's guide to podcasting and great audio storytelling, by Eric Nuzum
A podcasting book that doesn't focus on the technology. Music to my ears.
B2B podcasts: count your meetings, not your downloads
B2B podcasts: count your meetings, not your downloads
What's the best way to measure success for your branded podcasts?
Why Parcast's SEO makes it a podcast agency to look up to
Why Parcast's SEO makes it a podcast agency to look up to
Parcast's naming strategy for their podcasts is ingenious
iHeartRadio Podcast Channel - confusing, poorly executed
Is Hot Hollywood really the #5 podcast in Podtrac?
Is Hot Hollywood really the #5 podcast in Podtrac?
Two new entries in this month's Podtrac podcast charts highlight the fragility of podcast stats
A full test: how do show notes display in podcast apps?
A full test: how do show notes display in podcast apps?
Podcast show notes display, it turns out, in many different ways in over 40 different apps we tested. Here's what to do to make sure they work best.
Podcasting 2020 – The Rise of the Machines
Podcasting 2020 – The Rise of the Machines
Is 2020 going to be the year that podcasting gets smart?
What happened at PodFest China 2019
What happened at PodFest China 2019
PodFest China 2019 was a half-day conference held in Shanghai on November 9, 2019. Here's what you missed.
New and changed Apple Podcasts categories: summer 2019 (updated)
New and changed Apple Podcasts categories: summer 2019 (updated)
All the changes for podcasters announced by Apple: what's gone, what's new
The iHeart Podcast Awards - how the nominations worked
The iHeart Podcast Awards - how the nominations worked
Think the judges helped choose the nominations? Think again.
The difference between a dynamic microphone and a condenser microphone for podcasters
The difference between a dynamic microphone and a condenser microphone for podcasters
Do dynamic microphones reject room noise and echo? No. Not unless you use them right.
Details on the Podcast Music deal: a good day for podcasting?
Details on the Podcast Music deal: a good day for podcasting?
The claim: Think licensing popular music to podcasts is impossible? Think again.
Data: podcast consumption in the Netherlands
Data: podcast consumption in the Netherlands
Highlights from the first major piece of research amongst Dutch podcast listeners
Share Podnews with others and get unique stuff
Share Podnews with others and get unique stuff
Recommend us to others, and get some unique stuff
Anchor bypasses Apple Podcasts approval process with copyright violating podcasts
Anchor bypasses Apple Podcasts approval process with copyright violating podcasts
Anchor's special deal with Apple lets anyone post anything, seemingly
Podtrac admits to error on website as it aims for IAB Certification
Podtrac admits to error on website as it aims for IAB Certification
An erroneous post on Podtrac's website claimed they were measuring something they weren't
The radio station making money from podcasts
The radio station making money from podcasts
This station is doing something unusual: charging for podcasts
The strategy behind WarnerMedia Podcast Network's first indie podcast
The strategy behind WarnerMedia Podcast Network's first indie podcast
A look at the reason why they're working with Rainstream Media on Somebody Somewhere
What's a proxy server? And why was Luminary using one?
What's a proxy server? And why was Luminary using one?
What actually is a proxy server? And why is it a bad thing for podcasting?
Episode number support in podcast apps
Episode number support in podcast apps
How many podcast apps support the episode tag?
Episode numbers in episode titles: all you need to know
Episode numbers in episode titles: all you need to know
People are worried about episode numbers, following an email from Apple this week. Here's what's up.
How much is mobile data worldwide?
How much is mobile data worldwide?
We examine typical data costs for mobile phones across the world, and discover wide variety in pricing
Root of Evil launches: Q&A with Tyler Moody
Root of Evil launches: Q&A with Tyler Moody
We spoke to Tyler Moody, the GM and VP of Turner Podcast Network, about the company's new podcast Root of Evil, and the state of the industry.
Apple Podcast Connect's terms of service, 31 January 2019
Apple Podcast Connect's terms of service, 31 January 2019
The terms of service, as published by Apple on 31 January 2019.
Our take: Spotify in talks to buy Gimlet Media. Good plan?
Our take: Spotify in talks to buy Gimlet Media. Good plan?
Spotify is in talks to buy Gimlet Media for $230m. Is it worth $230m? What next?
Podcast apps, privacy, and GDPR
Podcast apps, privacy, and GDPR
Is NPR's RAD a privacy violation? No... but yes. We explain how podcasting works, and exactly how much data you're sharing.
Do ratings and reviews really help you get featured in 'What's Hot'?
Do ratings and reviews really help you get featured in 'What's Hot'?
How do you get into the 'What's Hot' section of Apple Podcasts? Is it anything to do with ratings and reviews? Or is it... something else? By Daniel J. Lewis
Promote Apple Podcasts and Google Podcasts equally: and here's what happens
Promote Apple Podcasts and Google Podcasts equally: and here's what happens
It turns out that if you promote your podcast on both services equally, you get equal usage. You just have to promote it that way.
For podcast hosts, what does 'IAB compliance' mean?
For podcast hosts, what does 'IAB compliance' mean?
What does 'IAB compliance' actually mean? Spoiler: not much. You want to be looking for IAB Certification.
Chapter points in podcasts: a waste of time?
Chapter points in podcasts: a waste of time?
Which podcast apps support chapter points? Is it worth your while spending time and effort on them?
Placings on Apple's Podcast Chart can be bought
Placings on Apple's Podcast Chart can be bought
A company promises to get you into the Apple Podcast Charts. All they want is money.
Is this proof that Apple's Podcast Charts are being manipulated?
Is this proof that Apple's Podcast Charts are being manipulated?
Does this show strong evidence that it's easy to game the iTunes Chart?
COO Stuart Last on Audioboom's future
COO Stuart Last on Audioboom's future
'The future is good', he says
British Podcast Awards: 2018 winners
British Podcast Awards: 2018 winners
The British Podcast Awards 2018 took place on Saturday 19th May at Kings Place in King's Cross, London.
Apple kicks out a republisher of 'top 5' podcasts from Apple Podcasts
Apple kicks out a republisher of 'top 5' podcasts from Apple Podcasts
Apple acted swiftly to kick out a republisher this week. But should they have approved the podcasts in the first place?
Popular podcast app Castbox altered RSS feeds and is still removing links
Popular podcast app Castbox altered RSS feeds and is still removing links
Castbox has been republishing unauthorised and altered versions of podcast RSS feeds, and deliberately removing links to the websites of the podcasters they link to.
Q&A with Panoply's CEO, Brendan Monaghan
Q&A with Panoply's CEO, Brendan Monaghan
We asked Panoply some questions. They sent us some answers.
Is iHeartMedia really the leader in 'snackable' podcasts?
Is iHeartMedia really the leader in 'snackable' podcasts?
A configuration error means that their Podtrac stats could be thousands of times too large

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