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July 15, 2024:
July 2, 2024:
    There is no change in the top 15 podcast host market share ranker, according to Livewire. Spotify, Spreaker and Buzzsprout remain the top three for June.
July 1, 2024:
    Buzzsprout has rolled out a “fresh new look” - for its customers only, for now. Expect a greener green, a crisper and more modern feel, and... the company’s new logo. Here’s a sneak peek. The new font family for the company is Graphik.
June 28, 2024:
    In the Podnews Weekly Review, Alban Brooke talks about Buzzsprout's new Android app, and Russell Harrower from podcast hosting company PodToo talks about interfacing podcasts with radio. We also hear the latest about YouTube and Google Podcasts.
June 25, 2024:
    Buzzsprout has launched its Android app. It launched an iOS app a few months ago; it offers a number of features including analytics, publishing and “fanmail”. The app is free for Buzzsprout creators.
June 18, 2024:
June 17, 2024:
    Spotted by Tom Rossi of Buzzsprout, Spotify has implemented “conditional GET requests” for RSS feeds using Etags. According to Tom Rossi of Buzzsprout, this has already resulted in 87% less RSS bandwidth being consumed for Spotify and Buzzsprout.
June 10, 2024:
    Buzzsprout now supports Podlove chapters, meaning that chapter support for all Buzzsprout shows is now available within Spotify, which supports the format.
May 27, 2024:
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May 3, 2024:
    In the Podnews Weekly Review this week, Kevin Finn talks about "fanmail", a new way for listeners to get in touch with Buzzsprout podcasters. Plus, Captivate's Mark Asquith talks about the YouTube integration the company has worked on this week.
May 2, 2024:
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April 22, 2024:
    Last week, Libsyn was recertified under the IAB Podcast Measurement Guidelines v2.1. Captivate and Buzzsprout were last certified under v2.0 in 2020, but both companies are in the process of recertification.
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March 6, 2024:
    As one open standard gets integrated by Apple (the transcript), another has been integrated by Spreaker. The company now supports podping, a near-instant way of communicating to podcast directories that you’ve published a new episode. Already supported by companies like Buzzsprout, Blubrry, Transistor, RSS.com and Captivate (and us!), the addition of Spreaker adds a signficant number of shows, says John Spurlock.
March 4, 2024:
    Buzzsprout has released an app for iPhone, allowing Buzzsprout customers to manage their podcasts, wherever they are. The app enables everything from ad management to correcting typos in episode descriptions. An Android app is coming soon; the iOS app, which is free, is in the App Store now. (Buzzsprout sponsors the Podnews Weekly Review).
February 28, 2024:
February 20, 2024:
    Buzzsprout has just rolled out YouTube as a supported destination in their Directories page, with six steps to get your podcast listed. In Buzzcast this week, a debate as to whether Spotify and YouTube are good for podcasting or not.
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January 8, 2024:
    Ten podcast companies are still not certified for the latest version of the IAB’s podcast measurement guidelines v2.1, in spite of being asked to do so by the end of 2022. More than a year later, the IAB’s list of compliant companies still shows AdsWizz, Anchor (now Spotify), Buzzsprout, Captivate, Chartable, Libsyn, Megaphone, Podbean, Podtrac and Simplecast as only compliant to v2.0 of the guidelines, something that means “they will lose current status”, according to the IAB Tech Lab.
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December 29, 2023:
    In the Podnews Weekly Review this week, also listen out for one introduction James had to do on a plane as he was editing it. The show is sponsored by Buzzsprout.
December 21, 2023:
    Buzzsprout is sending “Backtrack 2023” to its users, data showing how podcasts on the platform did. The links are shareable, so here is the data for our own Podnews Weekly Review. Unsurprisingly, our trailer is the #1 downloaded episode; and the show is in the top 10% on Buzzsprout, who sponsor the show.
December 5, 2023:
    What’s the future for IAB Podcast Measurement? In November 2022, we reported that the IAB’s v2.0 certification would no longer be valid after Dec 31 2023. As of today, some of podcasting’s largest names are still only compliant to v2.0, and all will lose their claim to certification by the end of the year unless recertified: Adswizz, Buzzsprout, Captivate, Chartable, “EmpireStreaming” (now Soundstack), Libsyn, PodBean, Podtrac, Simplecast, and “Anchor” (now Spotify Creator Studio).
December 4, 2023:
December 1, 2023:
    In the Podnews Weekly Review, we talk to Anna Sian from Spotify for Podcasters; Christiana Cromer from Descript; and Neil Mody from Headliner. Neil thinks YouTube is good for podcasters; Christiana shares what Descript is doing in terms of AI, and Anna talks about the new Spotify 2023 Wrapped for Podcasters. It's sponsored by Buzzsprout.
November 24, 2023:
    Podpage, the website tool for podcasts: "I decided really early that we would do the immense amount of work that it takes to support the embedded player for any host. So, if you have a Buzzsprout RSS feed, we'll automatically put your episode in a Buzzsprout episode player. That seems like it's simple, but it's an enormous file that's hard to keep up-to-date because of the number of hosts." - the creator of Podpage, Brenden Mulligan, is a guest in today's Podnews Weekly Review. We also speak with AdResults Media's Lisa Jacobs on brand safety.
November 22, 2023:
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November 13, 2023:
    Speaking on the Podnews Weekly Review, Buzzsprout has announced support for the "podroll", a simple way to link to other shows you think your audience might like. Podnews's podcast pages support it - see it in use in the Buzzcast, under "Other shows you may enjoy". We understand that Blubrry will also announce its support today; as a supported feature of the Podcast Standards Project, we expect other podcast hosts to follow soon.
November 10, 2023:
November 2, 2023:
    The biggest independent podcast host Buzzsprout released its network stats for October. Year-on-year, Apple Podcasts has increased download share by 3.5%; Spotify by 3.6%; and Google Podcasts increased its share by 0.3%. Total downloads were up 12.6% on the year, though dropped slightly month-on-month.
November 1, 2023:
    The team at Buzzcast, the official Buzzsprout podcast, shares their learnings from YouTube's recent presentation to podcast hosts. The team talk stats, editing shows, and wonder aloud about how YouTube might run ads within shows.
October 18, 2023:
    Virtual Fools is a podcast entirely generated by AI, first created by Oxford Road Creative Services in February this year to explore how much of a podcast can be generated with AI with as little human intervention as possible. VP of Creative Services Stew Redwine likes the true crime episode the most.
October 5, 2023:
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September 27, 2023:
    After Adam Curry told them off for only publishing their conversations with podcasters on YouTube, rather than - um - a podcast, Buzzsprout Conversations has been launched by the podcast host as an actual podcast. The show lets you learn from podcasters about their success.
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June 2, 2023:
    In the Podnews Weekly Review this week, Sam Sethi and James Cridland talk with Alban Brooke from Buzzsprout and Maxime Piquet from Ausha about their use of AI in podcasting. The title and description is produced by AI, too.
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April 10, 2023:
    In the Podcasting 2.0 "board meeting" this week (transcript), a long discussion about what format to use for transcriptions, plus a heated discussion about Nostr. Guests are Kevin Finn and Tom Rossi from Buzzsprout.
April 5, 2023:
April 4, 2023:
    Buzzsprout's statistics for March show a drop in downloads from Apple Podcasts and a growth in listens via Spotify, which had its best figures since Dec 2021. We should see a significant increase in Apple's figures for April, as the new version of iOS rolls out.
April 3, 2023:
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March 10, 2023:
    The Podnews Weekly Review was recorded live at Podcast Movement. James and Sam's guest was Jordan Blair from Buzzsprout. We talk about the new Spotify announcements in front of a live audience.
March 7, 2023:
March 3, 2023:
    In the Podnews Weekly Review, details of beer in Las Vegas (and a live taping of the show), and Steve Pratt joins James and Sam to talk about his role as an 'attention strategist'. Also, discover how to start using Podfans today. It's sponsored by Buzzsprout (though Spotify added another sponsor today too).
February 13, 2023:
    In Podcasting 2.0 this week, Adam Curry tried Buzzsprout's new support feature; and Adam and Dave Jones talk about how to keep the Podcast Index API running for free for years to come.
February 6, 2023:
    Over a thousand Buzzsprout podcasts are using the subscriptions feature, according to Buzzcast. It was announced in late January.
February 3, 2023:
    Data: How many podcasts have trailers in their feeds? Podnews looked at 362,324 podcasts feeds in our sample over the last three months: just 50,096 of them (14%) have a trailer marked in their feed. Trailers are given special promotion within many podcast apps, and can be an ideal way to help potential listeners understand what your show is about. Here's some advice from Apple Podcasts and from Pacific Content: your podcast host has a special setting for one.
February 2, 2023:
January 27, 2023:
    The Podnews Weekly Review this week includes an interview with Jack Davenport, the co-founder and Managing Director of Goalhanger Podcasts, responsible for some of the UK's biggest shows like The Rest Is Politics. We also hear James's views on the stock market and Spotify's layoffs, and Sam calculates the average salary for a Spotify employee. It's sponsored by Buzzsprout.
January 24, 2023:
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January 10, 2023:
    Later today, Apple Podcasts will announce the launch of Delegated Delivery (beta), allowing creators to publish Apple Podcasts Subscriptions content directly from their participating hosting provider dashboard. Blubrry, Libsyn, Triton Digital's Omny Studio and RSS·com are the first to offer the service: Acast, ART19, Buzzsprout and other providers will follow. Creators can still upload subscriber audio directly to Apple Podcasts Connect.
January 6, 2023:
    The Google Podcasts app itself got no new feature updates in 2022. A press release announcing a Google-branded podcast forgot the platform existed in February. A YouTube document suggested it might merge into that product; but progress seems to have stalled. The third biggest podcast app, it was responsible for 2.6% of all podcast plays from Buzzsprout in December.
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December 16, 2022:
    The last Podnews Weekly Review for this year is an epic - more than two hours, including interviews with Barometer, Oxford Road, the Podcast Index and Ad Aures, and 2023 predictions and 2022 highlights from 12 different podcast folk. Sponsored by Buzzsprout, it's available now.
December 14, 2022:
    Spotify also uses "follow"; so between them, more than two-thirds of podcasts are already consumed using a service that uses the phrase "follow". Listeners follow shows to add them to their Library, receive new episodes, and be notified when they’re available. They can subscribe to support their favorite shows and unlock premium audio experiences.
December 5, 2022:
    Buzzsprout has posted its network statistics for November. The only regularly released IAB-compliant numbers, the numbers show a slight drop for Apple Podcasts (now 38.2% of all downloads), and a smaller rise for Spotify (up to 26.6%). Google Podcasts is the third largest podcast app, with 2.7% of all downloads.
November 30, 2022:
    Apple says podcasts don't need email addresses in their RSS feeds any more to combat spam, but the Canadian Podcast Awards is not having it. The removal of email addresses from RSS feeds "isn't one we agree with, or will support," the organisation says, adding "we do not have any plans at the moment to support feeds without contact information". Buzzsprout, Podbean and Canada's Transistor are among those who have removed email addresses by default from feeds.
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October 24, 2022:
    A group of podcast companies, RSS Buzzsprout Transistor Libsyn and Acast, are working on a project to promote open standards for podcasting. "The Podcast Standards Project" hopes to launch its website before January's Podfest.
October 14, 2022:
    The weekly review show from Podnews, Podland, this week has Todd Cochrane talking about the early days of his podcast Geek News Central; and Alban Brooke with new things from Buzzsprout.
September 28, 2022:
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September 1, 2022:
    Anchor was still the #1 podcast host in August, according to new data from John Spurlock's Livewire, but the company's share of new episodes continues to fall from a high in April. Meanwhile, Buzzsprout increased its share significantly, from 7.9% to 9.0%: the highest share for six months. There were 1.6m new podcast episodes published in August, up 5.4% from July.
August 22, 2022:
    Blubrry's new captions (above) follow the podcast:index standard, so should display in a number of apps including PodcastAddict, Podverse and Podfriend. They join Buzzsprout in supporting the standard.
August 19, 2022:
    Opinion: SiriusXM claims that Stitcher has transcripts available for "some but not all" podcasts, and has "been working diligently to identify and select the technology to implement closed captioning". Let's save them the time - the solution is the podcast:transcript tag, which is in production in a number of podcast hosts, including Buzzsprout, Captivate and others. An already-supported, creator-friendly, open tool that allows both transcripts and closed-captioning could certainly help.
August 9, 2022:
    Blubrry has partnered with Descript to allow Descript users to publish their edited podcasts directly from the app. Blubrry joins Buzzsprout, Captivate, Castos, Hello audio, Podbean, Podcast·co and Transistor with this functionality. Blubrry publishing is also available directly from Hindenburg.
August 3, 2022:
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July 6, 2022:
    Buzzsprout's data for June shows a small drop for consumption share via Apple Podcasts: down from 40.7% to 39.4%. Spotify has increased by a percentage point to 26.4%.
June 27, 2022:
June 7, 2022:
    Buzzsprout's global stats don't include AppleCoreMedia, under-estimating downloads from Apple Podcasts. On the other hand, Libsyn's stats wrongly attribute all traffic to AppleCoreMedia as Apple Podcasts.
June 6, 2022:
May 27, 2022:
    In Podland News this week, we recorded in Shure's studio at The Podcast Show. There are interviews with Shure, RSS, The Podcast Show organisers, and Lemonada Media: and we inexplicably have a new sponsor this week alongside Buzzsprout and SquadCast. Nobody remembers signing the contract for this one, though.
May 25, 2022:
    Buzzsprout has launched Buzzsprout Ads in beta. The system automatically finds the right place for a midroll ad, and pays 1.4 cents (USD) per download. You can check eligibility in your dashboard. The official launch is next week.
May 20, 2022:
    In a special (and day late) episode, Podland News, the last word in podcasting news, is live today, at 3.15pm UK time, 10.15am Eastern. James is in Sam's studio in the UK; we're joined by Bloomberg's Ashley Carman (who isn't). Expect a roundup of the week's podcasting news, and mentions of sponsors Buzzsprout and SquadCast.
May 17, 2022:
    A number of initial podcast hosting companies have been announced including RSS·com, Libsyn and Buzzsprout; but if you run a podcast hosting company and wish to participate in Delegated Delivery, you're encouraged to fill out this form. (Memo to Apple: here's a list).
May 9, 2022:
May 3, 2022:
    Facebook was responsible for just 0.3% of all podcast downloads last month, says Buzzsprout. It had reached 0.5% in February, making it the 17th largest podcast app.
May 2, 2022:
    More than a quarter of new podcast episodes published in April were on Anchor, according to data from John Spurlock: Spotify's free podcast host was responsible for 25.8% of all new podcast episodes in April, breaking 25% for the first time. The rest of the top five were Buzzsprout, Spreaker, Libsyn, and at #5, Podbean which overtook Omny Studio last month. More ranking detail in The Tech Stuff, below.
April 21, 2022:
April 11, 2022:
    Podcast host Anchor's creator interface is now available in 35 different languages. Of the top five podcast hosts, Omny Studio is in six languages, Spreaker available in four; Buzzsprout and Libsyn only offer English, though YouTube is in 82 different languages. It's unclear whether support is available in all of them. Podcasting is growing faster in non-English languages.
April 4, 2022:
March 28, 2022:
    Podland News this week, recorded at Podcast Movement Evolutions, features special guest Alban Brooke of Buzzsprout. Sam, James and Alban talk about the conference, YouTube's 'big announcement', and much more.
March 15, 2022:
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March 7, 2022:
    In our sample, we observed Buzzsprout losing 27 podcasts last week, and Libsyn losing 14. The podcast hosts gaining the most were, as they always are, Anchor and Megaphone; though Simplecast and Acast also saw a good number of migrations.
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 23, 2022:
February 14, 2022:
    Buzzcast, the official Buzzsprout podcast, is now enabled for "value4value", joining The New Media Show and Podland News as accepting cryptocurrency from audiences. You can support these shows using new podcast apps like Fountain.
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January 17, 2022:
    Apple Podcasts or Spotify don't use Podping. Both platforms check our RSS feed every five minutes or so. Assuming they do that for each of Buzzsprout's 107,045 active podcasts, that is more than 18,090,605 RSS feed requests. Podping would reduce that traffic to just 159,696 requests (one per new episode): saving 99.2% of bandwidth, server time and electricity while offering a better-updated directory for listeners.
January 4, 2022:
    Buzzsprout has published its platform stats for Dec 2021. Compiled using IAB certified data, it shows Apple Podcasts once more well in the lead for episode downloads.
January 3, 2022:
December 16, 2021:
    The podcast:transcript tag is an open standard, supported by a number of podcasts and offers both static transcripts (in HTML or text) or real-time captions (in the SRT format). It has significant usage already - widely supported by many modern podcast hosts including Captivate, Transistor, Buzzsprout, Omny Studio and others, a number of podcast apps display these transcripts, including the popular Android app Podcast Addict. This open standard enables podcast publishers to produce accurate transcripts for themselves.
December 15, 2021:
    Do Anchor podcasters find it too hard to get into Apple Podcasts? The Podcast Index's Dave Jones reports that "726,234 Anchor feeds in the index do not have Apple iTunes IDs". The company stopped auto-submitting podcasts to Apple in June, resulting in a significant slow-down for Apple numbers. (Earlier this year, Buzzsprout told us that only 60% of their shows have bothered submitting to Apple).
December 13, 2021:
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December 2, 2021:
    Buzzsprout say that Apple Podcasts is back in front - increasing its market share to 32.8% of identified downloads. The company got 48.5% of its downloads from the US, and now has 106,972 active podcasts.
November 22, 2021:
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November 5, 2021:
    On Buzzsprout's Buzzcast, Alban, Travis and Kevin talk about microphone stands and their home setup. It appears they get a lot of review units.
November 3, 2021:
    Buzzsprout's stats for October 2021 were released, showing Spotify and Apple Podcasts level-pegging at 31% of all downloads. Downloads via Facebook are up by more than 50% month on month, but account for just 0.3% of all downloads. The data underestimates both Apple Podcasts and Facebook, since it discards AppleCoreMedia plays.
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September 1, 2021:
    What did Zack achieve? The Google Podcasts Android app hit 100m downloads in April; and in July, Buzzsprout reported that it was the world's third largest podcast app, hitting 3% of all podcast plays. Podcasts are also highlighted within the main Google search; and a Google Podcasts link works on every single Android phone since the player is built into the always-present Google app, and the same link also works on iOS and desktop as well. Here's where to get badges.
August 24, 2021:
August 23, 2021:
    Buzzsprout RSS feeds now include the podcast:GUID - a feature of the podcast namespace that allows you to link to shows with an ID that should never change.
August 16, 2021:
July 29, 2021:
    “South East Asia is the blue ocean. I see all the action happening in the West: guys, the whole supply, the next frontier is here.” So says Ron Baetiong, the founder and CEO of Podcast Network Asia, interviewed on this week's Podland. Podcasting is growing fast in the Philippines and Indonesia: countries where Spotify has a significant lead.
July 28, 2021:
July 22, 2021:
    On Podland this week, sponsored by Buzzsprout and Riverside․fm, NOVA Entertainment's Head of Podcasts & Digital Content Rachel Corbett co-hosts with James Cridland, Podnews's Editor. We talk fiction podcasts, dynamic ad insertion, podcast market slowdowns, GoodPods and social audio; and an we have an interview with Grammar Girl's Mignon Fogarty, who has been podcasting since 2006.
July 16, 2021:
    Podland News this week with James Cridland and Sam Sethi talks to Nick Hilton about his new podcast, Jemily Rime talks about the future of podcasting, and Zach and Rock from Squadcast talk about their new release, which'll go down well with one of the sponsors, Riverside FM. Also sponsored by Buzzsprout.
June 29, 2021:
    Facebook is making a new podcast: Boz To The Future is available on Facebook itself (if you're in the US, you're running the latest app, and Facebook have let you use the podcast feature). Or it's on Buzzsprout for everyone else.
June 23, 2021:
June 22, 2021:
    Facebook has launched its in-app podcast experience today. To get listed, you need an invite directly from Facebook: and they'll only play in the US. We gather that Buzzsprout, The Joe Budden Podcast, and Jam Street Media were some of those chosen to get podcasts set up on their pages. Facebook's Clubhouse clone, Live Audio Rooms has also launched: that, again, is for the US only, and live rooms are only available on iOS. "Later this summer, we’ll roll out additional features, like captions and the ability to create and share short clips of a podcast," says Fidji Simo, Head of Facebook App.
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May 19, 2021:
    Libsyn has released its most popular platforms for April, in The Feed: Apple has 60.01% and Spotify 13.65% of all podcast downloads. Earlier this month, Buzzsprout released its April figures: it reports Spotify and Apple Podcasts both tie at 29.3%.
May 17, 2021:
    PodcastIndex itself has 3.7m podcasts in it currently. The most host-submitted feeds are currently coming from Buzzsprout.
May 6, 2021:
    Buzzsprout's Alban Brooke promised a tip for each like that this tweet got. We suspect he thought it would get about twelve; but so far it's received 350 likes, and contains some great ideas. It would be rude for us to suggest you might like it too.
May 3, 2021:
April 27, 2021:
    Buzzsprout now integrates with Canva to make artwork easier. Find it in your podcast settings.
April 26, 2021:
    Headliner, the best-known tool to make social video for your podcasts, now supports Soundbites - a new Podcasting 2.0 tag also supported by Buzzsprout.
April 14, 2021:
April 9, 2021:
    Congratulations to Buzzsprout, which now has 100,000 active podcasts, according to Buzzcast, the company's podcast.
April 5, 2021:
March 26, 2021:
    In the Apple Podcasts app in iOS 14.5 beta 5, released earlier this week, some people who have looked carefully at the open iOS beta have noted the Podcasts app now includes "a link to your iCloud information". This, we're told, is typically added to Apple apps that accept payment. There is more discussion in Buzzsprout's Buzzcast this week.
March 22, 2021:
March 16, 2021:
    Buzzcast from Buzzsprout unveiled new "dynamic descriptions", and went into detail about how they made the special show about their DDOS attack.
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February 22, 2021:
    Buzzsprout was the subject of a DDoS attack over the weekend. The company reports that the attacker "attempted to extort Buzzsprout by promising to end the attack if we pay them money"; the company refused. Personal information was not compromised; the attack appeared to stop RSS feeds working for a while.
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Thank you to Buzzsprout for increasing their support for Podnews. Big or small, we're grateful for support from many of the best companies in podcasting.

January 26, 2021:
January 15, 2021:
    Podland this week features a look at Clubhouse, interviews with Adelicious, the BBC World Service, and sponsor Buzzsprout has some detail on their dynamic content feature. It's hosted by Sam Sethi and Podnews's Editor, James Cridland. Come and find out why it's the #23 news commentary podcast in Slovenia.
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January 4, 2021:
    Also from that data: just seven companies host 75% of all podcast feeds in Apple Podcasts: Anchor, Buzzsprout, Feedburner, Libsyn, Podbean, SoundCloud and Spreaker.
January 1, 2021:
December 22, 2020:
    Libsyn has said it will support the Podcast Index tags, Adam Curry will announce in the next edition of Podcasting 2.0. Buzzsprout is already supporting the new tags, and Blubrry has already said it plans to support them soon too. The podcast will have a special guest: our Editor.
December 21, 2020:
    If you use a custom domain on Buzzsprout, they're now all using SSL, for better listener privacy (and higher Google SEO). Here's an example.
December 7, 2020:
    Five hosting platforms are now supporting at least one element of the “podcast” namespace, with 2 more committed to supporting Phase 1 tags soon. Buzzsprout and Fireside currently support all Phase 1 tags.
December 4, 2020:
December 2, 2020:
    For the month of November, Buzzsprout report that 32.3% of their downloads went to Apple Podcasts, with 25.5% of downloads to Spotify, and Google Podcasts getting 2.6%. The company tells us that, after some tweaks to their algorithm, this is a more accurate reflection of total downloads to Apple Podcasts than previous data from the company.
November 30, 2020:
    Buzzsprout is now the world's largest paid-for podcast host. The company overtook Libsyn (including LibsynPro) according to data from ListenNotes over the past few days, which measures RSS hosting domains. Buzzsprout itself claimed it has 82,574 shows at the end of October; Libsyn claims just 62,000 podcasts on their main website but over 75,000 in their latest press release; Libsyn haven't responded to recent requests for comment. While both companies also offer custom RSS domains, Buzzsprout has a limited free plan.
November 24, 2020:
November 16, 2020:
    Spotify is taking a bite out of Apple. Buzzsprout has shared the top podcast 'agents' on their platform. Apple Podcasts accounts for just 47% of all plays and downloads, Spotify for 24.4%, and Google Podcasts is third with 2.4%. These are the lowest numbers yet for Apple Podcasts from a podcast host. (Libsyn's data only shows mobile app downloads, and has a higher percentage of US downloads).
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October 22, 2020:
    Podcorn, a self-service marketplace connecting podcasters with advertisers for native sponsorships, is announcing new partnership deals with podcast hosts Buzzsprout, Podomatic, RSS, Captivate and Omny Studio. Podcorn claims to have done thousands of campaigns with tens of thousands of podcast creators.
October 21, 2020:
    The second keynote session at Podcast Movement Virtual looked at emerging podcast markets across the world. Our Editor hosted it; panelists were Norman Chella from Malaysia, who hosts the Podlovers Asia podcast; Paula Rogo from Kenya, who runs the Pods4Africans newsletter; and Núria Net from Spain, from the boutique podcast publisher La Coctelera Music, currently in the middle of several productions for Podimo, Audible and others.
October 20, 2020:
    Buzzsprout is the first podcast host to support the new <podcast:locked> RSS element, designed to help with the podcast piracy problem. "Buzzsprout now fully support this element on both sides. You can toggle the locked status of your podcast on/off and Buzzsprout will not import a locked podcast."
October 16, 2020:
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September 3, 2020:
    Podcast host Omny Studio published a privacy policy for listeners in May, joining Acast, Buzzsprout and Captivate, we discover. No other podcast host has clear privacy policies to explain to listeners what happens to their identifying data when they listen. (Here's ours). Writing personally, our Editor called for these in December 2019: if privacy is as important to some podcast hosts as they claim, we look forward to seeing their privacy policy for listeners, too.
July 8, 2020:
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June 1, 2020:
    Descript, a "edit podcast audio as if it was a word document" tool, has a number of new features in v3.6, including remote recording and an integration with Buzzsprout and Headliner.
May 19, 2020:
May 15, 2020:
    Buzzsprout have unveiled new features including transcripts, additional directories, embeds and a premium service, Magic Mastering, that the company describes as "like an Instagram filter for your audio".
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March 24, 2020:
    Jarika Johnson writes saying "As an African-American woman I have travelled to over 20 countries, and I began the podcast Blackpacking to discover other people of color's stories of travel".(Buzzsprout)
March 17, 2020:
    Crazy Town, an unexpectedly cheery podcast about the climate emergency and human unsustainability, launched its second season last week. Rob Dietz writes eight things he learnt while making it. "Not all recordings are worthwhile, even some of the funny ones. It can be a great joy collaborating with creative colleagues. At times we made ourselves laugh to the point of abdominal pain, but some of the material that caused such outbreaks failed to make the cut because it didn’t strengthen the message of the episode." (Buzzsprout)
March 16, 2020:
March 13, 2020:
    To help schools move to online classes and aid the spread of reliable information, Buzzsprout is providing free pro accounts for those working to combat COVID-19 for the duration of the pandemic - including schools, government entities and NGOs, non-profits or first-responders combatting the coronavirus.
February 27, 2020:
    Headed to Podfest? Buzzsprout is throwing a kick-off party Thursday before Podfest. They'll be taking over Splitsville in Disney Springs from 4-8 PM for bowling, billiards, food, and drinks. Tickets are limited, but we've got 50 tickets for Podnews readers.
February 24, 2020:
    Distinct Nostalgia, a UK television nostalgia podcast, carried an interview with a big story: that "Dot Cotton", June Brown, was leaving EastEnders, a popular BBC soap, after 35 years. The story made it to television news, newspapers, and, naturally, the BBC website. (Buzzsprout)
February 4, 2020:
    Buzzsprout has unveiled advanced podcast statistics, which the company claims are privacy-aware and use industry best practice. They're available to all their publishers at no extra cost, and promise "insight into podcast performance over time, episode downloads, listener location, and apps/devices used."
January 30, 2020:
January 16, 2020:
    Eye on Potatoes is a podcast on all things potatoes, from the US's National Potato Council. We just thought you'd like to know it existed. It's hosted on Buzzsprout. Where else?
January 10, 2020:
    Thank you to Hysteria 51, which has joined Podnews as a personal supporter today. It's a weekly podcast that takes an every-man approach to the World of the Weird. (And it's in the chart in eleven countries!) (Buzzsprout)
December 10, 2019:
    Podcast host Transistor now supports WebSub, to help get your episodes quicker to podcast apps. Captivate, Simplecast, Zencast, Transistor, Powerpress and Buzzsprout now all support the standard.
October 23, 2019:
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September 2, 2019:
    THE NEWS with Anthony Davis is a daily newscast, promising "five minutes of verified, honest & truthful world news". It's produced by Anthony Davis, a UK broadcaster. (Buzzsprout)
August 7, 2019:
July 30, 2019:
    About Time is a look at our complex relationship with time. The second episode, currently out, has a quantum physicist, Carlo Rovelli, clearing up misconceptions about how time works. (Timely app / Buzzsprout)
July 25, 2019:
    Acast, Buzzsprout, Transistor, Podbean, Captivate and Megaphone are some of the publishers that have switched on the new Apple podcast categories for their users. (We've also shifted to using News > Daily News in our podcast as the primary category.)
July 23, 2019:
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July 1, 2019:
    The Practical Futurist Podcast looks at the near-term future through the eyes of global experts and asks... "What's the future of..." Today's episode is about the future of work, with Dominic Price from Atlassian. (Buzzsprout)
June 3, 2019:
May 8, 2019:
    If you're with Buzzsprout, they've just added a bunch of deals for their customers, with money off audio editors, stickers and more.
May 2, 2019:
    The Mueller Report: A Radio Dramatization is an adaptation of the report, "narrated by a fictional Robert Mueller who speaks in much more direct terms than the real Mueller has the freedom to". It's a fun listen. "I'm an old man. You're making me tell you a bad, dumb, bedtime story. I don't want to do this - but I will." (Buzzsprout)
March 25, 2019:

Welcome to over 300 new subscribers over the last two weeks, including from companies like ABC Australia, Scripps, Gimlet Media, Stitcher, NPR, SRF, Buzzsprout, Acast, Turner, Megaphone, iHeartMedia, Spotify, Deezer, Westwood One, Radioplayer Germany, Entercom, ACE Radio, and the BBC.

March 18, 2019:
    Still with advertising, The History Of Advertising is a podcast series to celebrate golden age of British advertising, from The History of Advertising Trust. A ten-part series of ten-minute episodes, it "looks back at some of the most revelatory ads from the past fifty years". (Buzzsprout)
January 17, 2019:
January 10, 2019:
    The Young and the Weary is a New York City based life and comedy mashup podcast hosted by Jeremy Pinsly, a 32-year old stand-up comedian from Nashville and Dolores “Dev” Rogers, an 88-year old comedic actress from Buffalo. (Buzzsprout)
November 23, 2018:
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October 1, 2018:
    Media Masters is an extended interview podcast from the UK with media people at the top of their career. The latest episode is with Alison Phillips, Editor of the Daily Mirror, a UK newspaper. (We thank them for their support). (Buzzsprout)
November 20, 2017:
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