Audacy plans an audio subscription service
US broadcaster Audacy, which recently filed for bankruptcy protection, has a new business plan which includes an audio subscription service, according to iHeart-owned Inside Radio. Audacy says it could deliver “as much as $20 million in revenue by 2027”. The company owns a number of podcast companies including Cadence13 and Pineapple Street.
On Monday, we covered the premium Elfsight podcast player widget, which preloads audio against IAB podcast measurement guidelines. Elfsight mailed us after publication, saying that they had no plans to remove the preload feature. We told them why it matters for podcasters: and they have now confirmed that they will, after all, stop the widget from preloading audio. A new release is due today.
Actor James van der Beek has failed in a bid to take Sirius XM to court. He’d alleged breach of contract for a $700,000 podcast deal. A Californian judge said on Friday that he’d never signed the agreement.
Amazon was the number one spender on US podcast ads last month, according to Magellan AI. The company spent $8.1mn. Apple was #3. There’s a webinar tomorrow at 11am ET.
Brand safety and monetisation company Sounder is to launch a set of open APIs for its Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR) and transcription technology. Meanwhile, Seekr announced a new brand safety and suitability platform for advertisers. Seekr Align aims to “double podcast industry ad revenue”, by helping premium advertising brands understand the brand safety and suitability of hundreds of thousands of podcast episodes.
PodcastAddict’s latest update has been denied by the Google Play Store. The podcast and radio app is used 60,000 times every day by users to set alarms to wake up to their favourite podcast; but Google is now prohibiting this functionality.
Is “Podcasting 2.0” clear enough? In the latest episode of The Feed, the official Libsyn podcast, Rob and Elsie highlight some of the problems with the new features, including poor app support and that it’s difficult to explain, especially to those new to podcasting in general. (We’ve a short transcript).
Alby, which powers the majority of “value4value” payments for Podcasting 2.0, was down for seven hours yesterday “after a patch update from our infrastructure partner”.
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Tips and tricks - with Patreon + Spotify
Can you use commercial music in your podcast? How about a five second clip?
Is there an easy way to email a link to your podcast - so people can listen directly in their email program?
Moves and hires
- Nicole Beemsterboer has been hired as Executive Producer of Bloomberg’s Big Take DC. She joins from Gimlet Media, where she was Managing Director.
Podcast News - with Airwave
Podcast data for Jan 24
#1 in Apple Podcasts
New Heights with Jason and Travis Kelce (Wave Sports + Entertainment)
Bhagavad Gita (Spydor Studios)
#1 in Spotify
The Joe Rogan Experience (Joe Rogan)
Shri krishna Geeta Vani (Bhaskar Jyoti Dutta)
Over the last week, 196,241 podcasts published at least one new episode (up 1.6%). source