More on Apple's new categories, and a Spotify curated podcast playlist
June 6, 2019 · 3.4 minutes to read
Apple’s 100+ category changes announced yesterday have been well received by most podcasters. A little detail to come out of discussions we’ve seen:
- Apple’s attention to detail is evident: unlike the previous categories, the new Apple Podcasts categories stand on their own. “Daily News”, for example, doesn’t require to have its parent category present to make sense: which should lead to clearer and easier UX for podcast apps.
- The new “soccer” category will be correctly localised as “football” in countries like the UK. (Indeed, categories have always been localised).
Daniel J Lewis has played with the new Apple Podcasts desktop app, and tried the transcription search. “Pretty cool!” he says.
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Podbean has unveiled PodAds, an ad management system for podcasters, which can be used to ensure ads appear on the right days (and in the right places, thanks to geo-targeting). Unlike others, the service does not take a cut of ad revenue.
Speaking at a media conference, Australian radio presenter Amanda Keller says: “when you hear a long drifting podcast with no discipline, you recognise good radio”. (Or, we would guess, a good podcast).
Steve Pratt from Pacific Content writes how the company measures a successful podcast, and diagnoses podcast problems. Meanwhile, South African broadcaster Gareth Cliff shares his thoughts on podcasting successfully.
Simplecast wonder Is there a race and gender pay gap in podcasting? and ask you to take part in a pay gap survey.
South Korea is the world’s podcasting capital, exclaims OZY. From that, these are the most popular podcasts in South Korea, from a service called Podbbang.
David Abramovic argues that audio is more important than ever: “For the first time in history, the spoken word has the same reach and arguably as much power as the written word.”
Here’s a day in the life of Michael Barbaro. We can only hope that this is true.
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|Let Lisa Help features “retired insult comedian” Lisa Lampanelli. “Thank goodness PodcastOne recognized my true genius when it comes to forcing help down people’s throats,” she’s quoted as saying. (PodcastOne)|
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