Spotify gives podcasters 2019 Wrapped; and is podcasting going to get smart in 2020?
December 5, 2019 · 3.7 minutes to read
Spotify for Podcasters has launched 2019 Wrapped, a look back at your year as a podcaster. Log into the Spotify for Podcasters dashboard, and you’ll see your top episodes, top countries and the “two farthest countries in your listening base”. The last quarter for Spotify saw a podcast listening growth of 39%. (You can listen to Podnews on Spotify).
- (Edit:) This was embargoed to midnight NY time. It’s now 0600 NY time, and we can’t see this feature yet. We guess it’s coming.
Exclusive: 2020 looks like it might be the year podcasting finally gets smart, says Entale’s Wil Harris, writing for Podnews: “It’s clear from just about every survey of consumer trends that podcasts are only increasing in popularity … and supporting that requires not just experiences that can scale beyond the hand-curated, but data and monetisation that can support that growth.”
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Paolo McCarty highlights something we missed at the time: when Stitcher and Earwolf moved from ART19 to Omny Studio, that meant that every part of their business - production, hosting, distribution and monetisation - is now owned by their owner, Scripps.
The New York Times reports that Facebook is looking into creating podcasting apps; though is scant on detail.
Headliner is now integrated into Audioboom, for easy production of little social media trailers for podcasts. Headliner now has over a dozen integrations, they tell us: you can also make Headliner clips directly from Podnews podcast pages.
Fox News Radio is now available live and on-demand at RADIO·COM, Entercom have announced.
Podcast Day 2020 will be in London on June 16, in a new venue: The Mermaid Theatre, next to The Thames in London.
How do you make an audiobook sound better? By calling it a podbook, it appears: “an audiobook with the rhythm and flow of a podcast”, How to be a Rock Star has been a big success in Brazil, where it has been made by podcaster Guga Mafra. It’s exclusive to the Storytel platform.
UK audio producer Listen has been recommissioned by Audible to make a further series of “A Grown-Up Guide To…”, this time looking at the oceans. The company has also been commissioned to produce a show with Levi Roots and a careers show, The Careers Couch.
In the Middle East, Kerning Cultures is the first VC-backed podcast company in the area. Hebah Fisher talks with Podfund about the history of the network.
The Spark Christian Podcast Conference has announced that Blubrry will be a silver sponsor of the event, and that CEO Todd Cochrane will be one of the speakers. The conference is in Houston TX, USA on Feb 21-22.
Podcast host updates
- Transistor has updated their analytics, offering CSV export, popular players over time, and better location analysis including US and Australian states, and Canadian provinces. The company now claims 4,481 shows are on its platform.
- Captivate has increased its download plans by around 20%. (Disclosures)
- Omny Studio has launched Comparison Analytics, allowing easier-to-read comparisons of the growth of your podcast episode downloads for their first sixty days. The company also offers CSV export of analytics.
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