Apple to make its own exclusive podcasts
July 17, 2019 · 4 minutes to read
Apple plans to make its own exclusive podcasts. Bloomberg reports that Apple has “reached out to media companies to discuss buying exclusive rights to podcasts”. It’s initially unclear what this means for the iTunes API that many other podcast apps use, or, indeed, for Android users.
- For an indication as to how important podcasting is for competitor Spotify’s investors, their stock price fell by 3% following the news.
US sports network ESPN is to launch a morning podcast; it’s to start in early October. The company have also said that their podcast users have grown 10% year-on-year.
70 Million is back for Season 2 — 70 million adults in the United States have a criminal record. How did we get here and what do we do now? The open-source podcast goes deeper this season into how people, neighborhoods, counties, and cities are breaking cycles of incarceration by trying bold solutions--starting with the local jail. Find episodes, toolkits, and other resources at 70MillionPod.com, and hear us on Apple Podcasts, RadioPublic or wherever you listen. (70 Million is produced by Lantigua Williams & Co. and funded by the Safety and Justice Challenge at the MacArthur Foundation.)
Jim Harold's Campfire - Subscribe Today — Ten years of true stories of the supernatural. Ghosts, UFOs, & more. Real people sharing their true, weird stories w/Jim Harold, the OG of paranormal podcasting. Jim will be at PM19 too, so say hi!
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PodAds — The SaaS for Podcast Advertising — Podbean makes dynamic ad insertion and an advanced advertising management system available to podcasts without cutting ads revenue.
A minority shareholder of Libsyn says it has succeeded in forcing the company to convene a special meeting. Camac, which owns 6.5% of Libsyn, wants to replace the board of directors and change the company’s corporate governance. Shares in Libsyn closed up almost 5% yesterday on the news, at a five year high. (Don’t worry, though - people called Rob are expected not to be affected by this news).
- Libsyn has released a new version of their software (update 419). It only impacts those starting new podcasts, and is aimed to help those users.
Jack Rhysider has published four ways to check the popularity of a podcast. One trick is to use Castbox, he says, which shows both total subscribers and total downloads of a podcast.
- As an aside, Castbox lets you claim your podcast, and add your social media and other links to it. Here’s us. Search for your podcast and hit the “claim” button.
Spotted - pocinaudio, a searchable database of people in colour involved in the audio industry.
Podyssey has announced a new curated playlists feature. “Now you can simply share your Podyssey profile with friends and they can see all your different lists!”
Will increasing your bitrate mean more listeners? Libsyn’s Rob Walch wrote a piece back in 2016, backed by data, and mentioned in The Feed this week. Surprisingly, Rob points out that WTF with Marc Maron is encoded at just 40kbps (at a sample rate of 22.05kHz).
- From earlier this year, we published a page with lots of different bitrates and sample rates, so you can hear - or not - the difference.
Southern California Public Radio has launched LAist Studios, which “will focus on developing podcasts on issues specific to Los Angeles” CA, USA.
Anchor has written how listeners can support podcasts by their friends and family - a good post to surreptitiously share.
Entertainment Weekly examines a podcast that has turned into a graphic novel.
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