New tool makes YouTube podcasting easier
Exclusive: Adori is looking for podcasters to use the company’s new tools to publish, share and grow their podcast on YouTube. The first 100 eligible podcasters get free access to AI-powered tools to upload and enhance their show on YouTube, and some bespoke support. There are demo videos and more details on their website.
TikTok is quietly testing a podcast feature, says Business Insider. However: the feature might be called “Podcasts”, but it just allows users to continue to listen to a TikTok video’s audio while the app is in the background.
- Opinion: We hope they don’t confuse their audience by calling the feature “podcasts”. Background playback is what YouTube Music calls it.
Jordan Harbinger has added an AI-powered search function to his show’s website (top-right, marked “AI”). It’s particularly useful for queries like “what was the better help promo code?” - neatly, the URLs are linked, too.
Children’s radio station and podcast network Fun Kids has launched a 33-title podcast subscription service. It works in both Apple Podcasts and other platforms including Spotify and Google Podcasts.
Audioboom has announced a set of new content partnerships, including The Tim Dillon Show (ex Megaphone), Myths and Legends (ex Omny Studio), The Minds of Madness (ex ART19), The Nateland Podcast (ex Omny Studio) and Celebrity Memoir Book Club (ex Buzzsprout).
A conference at the University of Sharjah in the UAE shared data about podcast listening in Arab countries and other areas. The number of podcasts from the middle east has increased rapidly; there are already 5.1 million listeners to podcasts in Saudi Arabia (14% of the population). Radio, too, is making a resurgence.
Amazon has begun cutting a potential 18,000 jobs. CNBC has shared internal memos; departments affected are “People Experience & Technology” (HR, tech support) and “Worldwide Amazon Stores” (a division formally known as Consumer). It’s unclear how this might impact their podcasting operations.
Captivate is the latest podcast hosting company to remove email addresses by default from its RSS feeds. It’ll help cut down on spam and enhance privacy.
Blubrry has launched Media Mastering by Auphonic as a tool for their publishers. The integration allows quick and easy audio post production, ensuring it’s the right volume level and includes noise reduction. It’s free for all customers for the next thirty days.
Our Editor tweeted a question about whether the Apple Podcasts Connect “Remember me” option actually worked for anyone. After a number of responses, 90% of whom said it doesn’t work for them either, today we notice the option has disappeared from Apple Podcasts entirely. 💪 (Hmm. With this new power, let’s try this…)
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- Business Daily Africa writes about Keeping it real and other rules for producing golden content, interviewing a number of Kenyan podcasters.
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Podcast ads in the wild
Spotted in a supermarket in Brisbane, Australia. It’s really quite hard to read the title; and even once you do decipher it, you’ll not find it in your favourite podcast app: it’s a “shows with music” podcast which is exclusive to Spotify. A learning experience: if you’re into the music, though, enjoy!
Podcast data for Jan 19
- #1 in Apple Podcasts: US: Huberman Lab (Scicomm Media) AU: Predatory (True Crime Australia)
- #1 in Spotify: US: The Joe Rogan Experience (Joe Rogan) AU: The Joe Rogan Experience (Joe Rogan)
- Over the last week:
205,612 podcasts published at least one new episode.
That’s up 6.6% weekly; up 1.6% monthly.Data: Podcast Index
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