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February 21, 2024:
    In France, a charity event called Podcasthon is planned for next month. The idea is to make a special version of your show that highlights a cause or charity; and to co-ordinate its release at the end of March. Last year, 300 podcasts took part; this year, it has the support of Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music and Spotify. 400 shows have already registered for this year - et vous? (Next year’s Podcasthon will be in English and other languages, too).
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January 12, 2024:
    A tweet reads: "Exactly Right & My Favorite Murder are no longer in partnership with Wondery and Amazon Music." The agreement appears to have ended a year early.
January 1, 2024:
    Amazon Music has awarded RedHanded its British Podcast of the Year for 2023. The three-time British Podcast Awards winner is published by Wondery.
December 18, 2023:
    ’Tis The Grinch Holiday Podcast is to be back next year, after Wondery greenlit a second season. The popular podcast currently holds the #1 rank within the Kids & Family category on Amazon Music. Wondery's Marshall Lewy said: "The Grinch told me that he found being a talk show host was a surprisingly satisfying experience! We look forward to bringing him back for more Grinchy snark next holiday season."
November 29, 2023:
    The Sam & Billie Show is now with Wondery and Amazon Music for distribution and ad-sales. The announcement was made last week. The show's made by Crowd Network, stars UK TV personalities Sam and Billie Faiers, and it's available ad-free on Amazon Music (and everywhere else with ads).
November 15, 2023:
    From Airwave: TechCrunch Industry News helps you keep up to date about the latest in the tech world, with two episodes every weekday. Recent shows have focused on TikTok's feature to save songs you like directly to Spotify or Amazon Music; and the new Bose QuietComfort Ultra headphones.
November 9, 2023:
November 2, 2023:
    Of note, Amazon Music downloads were down from 2.2mn in September to 1.1mn in October.
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July 21, 2023:

Trevor McNeal of Podcasts at Amazon Music, and Vice President, The Podglomerate Joni Deutsch.

July 20, 2023:
    New from Wondery and AT WILL MEDIA today, Academy is a Young-Adult audio fiction drama telling the story of an elite boarding school with a powerful secret society - a playground for cutthroat competition, dangerous liaisons, and the zero-sum games of high school popularity and Ivy League admission letters. The star-studded podcast is available on Amazon Music and Wondery+.
July 19, 2023:
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June 29, 2023:
    A study by the Observatorio Nebrija del Español at Nebrija University in Madrid examined 263 original podcasts published last year by Amazon Music, Audible, Cuonda, iVoox, Podimo, Podium Podcast, Sonora and Spotify. The study discovered that 68% of original podcasts from these companies were only available with a paid subscription. Sonora led Spanish podcast production in 2022, with 84 original podcasts.
May 25, 2023:
May 9, 2023:
    Our Editor, James Cridland, will be the opening speaker at The Podcast Show 2023 in London. He will speak at 9.10am on Wednesday, in the 400-capacity Amplify Theatre, in association with Amazon Music / Wondery and IAB UK: focusing on the last year in the podcast industry and the years to come. His speech will be followed by Crime Junkie host Ashley Flowers. (You can still buy tickets for the event - the code PODNEWS will get you a discount)
May 8, 2023:
March 20, 2023:
    Bad Dates with Jameela Jamil is new today from Wondery - it's the first series to debut from the SmartLess Media slate and features a panel of hilarious guests, who each share tales of their worst/craziest dates ever, and then weigh in on everyone else's misfortune. It's available exclusively on Amazon Music today, but everywhere next week.
February 23, 2023:
    Few people listen to podcasts in Japan. Why is that - and what kind of shows could work well in the country? In the first of our deep-dives into different podcast markets across East and South East Asia, Guang Jin YEO looks at the Japanese market: where Twitter is popular, copyright laws differ, and Amazon Music is #3.
February 16, 2023:
    Amazon Music has lost an exclusive podcast. Disgraceland is now available everywhere (it became an Amazon exclusive last year). The podcast is celebrating its 5-year anniversary this week, and has just released the premiere for season 11 of the show. Being available everywhere drives the download numbers: Podtrac now ranks Disgraceland as the #1 music podcast again.
February 13, 2023:
February 6, 2023:
    Stolen Hearts is released today from Wondery. The show journeys back to 2006 to tell the barely believable true story of a highly respected police sergeant from rural Wales who falls for the wrong guy. This limited series, produced by Wondery and Novel, merges crime and romcom in a twisting, tail-spinning true-life story, told over the course of six-episodes. Episode one is everywhere; you can binge all episodes ad-free on Amazon Music.
January 30, 2023:
    That Harley/ user-agent you might see in your logfiles? It's from Amazon Music's desktop app. It's updated in OPAWG's user-agents-v2.
January 5, 2023:
    Amazon Music asked to reduce a potential $10m deal with Pushkin Industries, after the audio division was told to make savings, according to Bloomberg. The Great Podcasting Market Correction highlights recent employment freezes and layoffs in the industry, and a slowdown of acquisitions. Ad sales have increased though, says Magellan AI in the article.
December 12, 2022:
    Amazon Music has covered London and other European capitals with advertising for the company's Best of 2022 podcasts. In London, ads will be appearing for the next two weeks promoting ten of the top podcasters. The company also carried audio ads within the Wondery network for the chosen podcasts, and produced social media assets. See more examples of the projections in London and Paris below.
December 2, 2022:
November 18, 2022:
    Jacob Kensley joined Amazon Music last month as a Podcast Partner Specialist, and is the first dedicated hiring for podcast partnerships at Amazon Music in the EU. He joins from Acast and Apple.
November 4, 2022:
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October 17, 2022:
    Wondery's Suspect returns for a new season. Suspect: Vanished in the Snow looks at a disappearance in the Rocky Mountains. Hosted by former CNN reporter Ashley Fantz, it's an Amazon Music exclusive.
September 28, 2022:
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September 8, 2022:
    Radio France podcasts will be available on Amazon Music, after an agreement was signed between the two companies. Like other third-party platforms, Amazon Music gets daily shows from Radio France for 7 days, and weekly shows for 30 days, before they become exclusives in the Radio France app.
September 7, 2022:
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May 12, 2022:
    Amazon Music has launched in Argentina. The service includes podcasts from leading media partners COPESA, RDF Media, Radio Cooperativa, National Geographic, Sonoro, and TED in Argentina; and original content will be launching in the coming months.
April 26, 2022:
    New from Wondery and Amazon Music, Will Be Wild has been launched from Pineapple Street Studios. The show is a deep-dive into the Jan 6 insurrection at the US Capitol. Hosted by award-winning investigative journalists Andrea Bernstein and Ilya Marritz, it's available on all podcast platforms, with Amazon Music getting new episodes first.
April 13, 2022:
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March 23, 2022:
    The Ambies, the awards from The Podcast Academy that celebrate excellence in podcasting, took place last night. The winners are here: 9/12, from Amazon Music, Pineapple Studios and Wondery was the podcast of the year; the podcast's host Dan Taberski accepted the award in the award ceremony in Los Angeles CA, USA.
March 2, 2022:
    Are indie podcast apps gaining ground? Buzzsprout report Apple had 35.7% of all downloads in February (down from 37.2%); Spotify 27.9% (also down from 28%). Google Podcasts has grown to 2.5%; Amazon Music has grown to 0.8%; and Facebook is up slightly to 0.5%. In their official podcast, Buzzsprout also mentions "a big update soon".
February 11, 2022:
    Amazon Music and Wondery have signed How I Built This with Guy Raz. Wondery gets the exclusive ad sales and YouTube distribution rights for simulcasts; NPR keeps the radio distribution rights and the underwriting credits. Production of the show will double to two a week; and Amazon Music gets exclusive rights to air the podcast for a week.
February 9, 2022:
    Our very own daily podcast, Podnews, is now achieving over 100,000 downloads a month, we're quite excited to note. Our latest data tells us that many of those listens are on smart speaker news briefings, and that Pocket Casts is doing excellently well, though some less well - Spotify (27 listens on Monday), Facebook (20 listens), and Amazon Music (um, 20 fewer than Facebook).
January 31, 2022:
    However, many musicians distrust Spotify, and may see this as a convenient excuse to give the company a kick. Particularly, Neil Young has a history of digital activism - he removed his music from Tidal in January 2021, after complaining about their branding of MQA audio as "masters": his songs only returned in November. Young founded the hi-res PonoMusic, which ceased to trade two years after the launch of Tidal. Spotify announced a high-res format of their own in Feb 2021, but has yet to launch it; and a day after pulling his music from Spotify, Young added a blog post complaining about the service's poor audio quality. Coincidentally, perhaps, he was quoted by Amazon Music in a press release apparently favouring their high-res format, and is now promoting the service on his website. It's unclear if this is a promotional relationship.
January 14, 2022:
    The Missing has returned for season 3. You can listen to the whole thing on Amazon Music, or weekly episodes via RSS. Each episode in the 10-part series breaks down the case of a long-term missing person, and gives listeners the opportunity to join the conversation and offer new information to aid the search. It's produced by Podimo. - read more
January 12, 2022:
    Amazon Music Podcasts has more than 200,000 podcasts, and "55 million customers", according to a podcast creator outreach document being shared by the company. It says that you'll be able to track your download numbers in their dashboard "soon".
January 11, 2022:
    Disgraceland returns for a new season today, starting with a premiere episode focused on Taylor Swift’s stalkers, vanishing masters, love letters and more. The show is on Amazon Music, with selected shows also released via RSS, and claims it's the the number one most downloaded music podcast in the world. - read more
December 27, 2021:
    Voxalyze has published their Podcast Discovery & Consumption report. The company surveyed listeners across four countries (the US, UK, France and Germany) to see if there are any local differences. Podcast listeners use 1.9 platforms on average, and Amazon Music is surprisingly high in their results. Google Podcasts reaches up to 15% of all users, but only 4% in the UK (possibly because the BBC blocks their podcasts from it).
December 16, 2021:
    Amazon Music has a proprietary solution for transcripts, which are patchy and automated. There is no mechanism for publishers to supply their own transcripts.
December 13, 2021:
    Podnews is rolling out direct links to listen to shows on Amazon Music in our podcast pages. An example is on Podland. Our pages will also highlight if you're missing from that directory; and you can search Amazon Music's podcasts from our search pages.
November 29, 2021:
    Podcast apps may be buying ads for your podcast in Google Search without you knowing. Acast, The Podcast App and Amazon Music are all advertising against our own podcast title, and that of many other podcast titles, too. On an iPhone in the UK, an ad for Amazon Music appeared as the #1 search result for Podnews, seeming to suggest that access to our podcast costs £7.99/month, which is misleading (it's free on any platform). The Acast ad leads to a web player, but no method of subscribing; The Podcast App's ad led us to a web player with promotion for their own podcast app.
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September 22, 2021:
    Badlands: Sportsland launches today, taking a deep dive into the most sensational true crime stories in the world of sports: Mike Tyson, Oscar Pistorious, Evel Knievel and OJ Simpson are just some of the athletes who'll be covered. It's hosted by Jake Brennan, and available to binge on Amazon Music.
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July 19, 2021:

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June 30, 2021:
    Amazon has bought the distribution and adsales rights for the SmartLess podcast for between $60-80 million. The show will not be exclusive, but will be published one week early on Amazon Music and Wondery+. The deal was through CAA.
June 16, 2021:
    Win or lose, sink or swim, one thing is certain, he'll never give in. Disgraceland is back for season 8, and focuses on ex-Beatle Paul McCartney, who might appear a nice chap, but has spent time in prison, famously broke up with John Lennon, and Paul is dead anyway. It's exclusive to Amazon Music.
May 28, 2021:
    The British Podcast Awards, powered by Amazon Music, are about to reveal their nominees: 1pm UK time, 8am New York time, on their website. Hosting the stream are Hannah and Suruthi, the presenters of the popular true crime podcast Redhanded. They'll also be revealing the in-person location for this year's awards.
April 15, 2021:
    An announcement about Amazon's new headphones also promotes a new feature for Alexa coming soon: "you’ll soon be able to listen to podcasts you follow on Amazon Music by just saying: Alexa, play my followed podcasts."
April 7, 2021:
    We've discovered an Amazon Music Podcasters portal has been quietly launched. It seems to be a way to add your podcast to Amazon and Audible, and has some promotional tools.
April 2, 2021:
    Moving your podcast away from Libsyn? Be aware that they do not automatically set a 301 redirect for your Amazon Music feed. "This is a known bug that we are working to resolve moving forward," they say: you need to ask Libsyn to configure that manually.
March 9, 2021:
March 5, 2021:
    Being open helps, seemingly - just four nominations were for Spotify exclusives; and one for Amazon Music's exclusive "The First One".
March 3, 2021:
    Omny Studio's CEO, Sharon Taylor, has released her predictions for podcasting in 2021. The company, owned by Triton Digital, puts Amazon Music ahead of Google Podcasts for downloads in 2020.
February 22, 2021:
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February 11, 2021:
    Amazon Music has signed an exclusive podcast. COLD, which was a Wondery show, is to stream season 2 exclusively on Amazon Music next month. COLD is currently in the top 100 in 40 countries; but podcasts from Amazon Music are currently available in just six of them, leaving many fans frozen out.
February 3, 2021:
January 8, 2021:
    The Podcast Academy has announced three new members of the Board: Kintan Brahmbhatt (GM of Podcasts at Amazon Music), Amy S. Choi (The Mash-Up Americans), and DeRay Mckesson (a civil rights activist and host of Pod Save the People). The new Executive Committee has also been appointed, including a new Chairperson; an announcement of who that is may be made later today.
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November 2, 2020:
    PowerPress 8.4.1 was released at the end of last week. It includes a submission tool to The Podcast Index and to Amazon Music.
October 16, 2020:
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September 25, 2020:
    Amazon has released a new set of its Echo smart speakers. The release doesn't mention that you can use them to listen to podcasts on Amazon Music. Meanwhile, Amazon Music has now sent emails to podcasters who submitted their shows, saying their podcasts are now available on the service. Some podcasters outside of the UK, US, Germany and Japan have contacted Podnews, saying that they are unable to see their listings.
September 23, 2020:
    In The Feed, Libsyn's Rob Walch reports that Amazon Music's new podcasts app out-performed Downcast, TuneIn Radio, Castro and other apps for downloads on their launch day. "I cannot remember anyone on their first day having the numbers that Amazon Music had," he said.
September 21, 2020:
    After Podnews reported it as a bug, Amazon Music has correctly set their RSS user agent. It's Amazon Music Podcast. Thank you! Sounds Profitable has more on RSS user agents today.
September 18, 2020:
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September 16, 2020:
    Amazon Music launched a podcast service in the US and the UK just after we went to press. We'll have more details tomorrow.
September 9, 2020:
    According to Libsyn's The Feed, today is the last day to submit your podcast into Amazon Music/Audible to be there for the launch. Use your podcast host's distribution option, or this link if your podcast host doesn't have one. (If you wondered where Amazon makes its money, Benedict Evans has an illuminating piece today).
August 25, 2020:
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August 7, 2020:
    A number of additional podcast hosts are now allowing you to submit your podcasts to the yet-to-be-launched "Amazon Music/Audible" podcast service (some people are giving a backstage link that works for anyone on any host).
July 23, 2020:
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May 25, 2020:
    Amazon will be delivering podcasts soon, according to Bloomberg - the article claims they'll be put into Amazon Music; we'd assume they'd also replace TuneIn as the default podcast experience for Alexa speakers. Meanwhile at Amazon's Audible, they're said to be looking at a different price-point to allow access to Audible Originals shows but not to books.
September 18, 2019:
    Amazon has announced Amazon Music HD, which, for $5 extra per month, will offer HD songs in lossless FLAC format at "16 bits 44.1kHz sampling", and "million" of songs in ultra HD ("24 bits at up to 192kHz sampling"). The Verge points out that most phones have a maximum of 24-bit 44.1kHz sound chips anyway, and you're unlikely to hear the difference using Bluetooth headphones.

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