AudioBoom's boom-time, plus prison podcasts, Podtrac and Primedia
June 15, 2017 · 1 minutes to read
On-demand audio host AudioBoom opens a New York recording studio and launches a set of new podcasts. These aren’t the first podcasts from AudioBoom, but may be the first from the US. Meantime, the company sees revenues up 447% in the last six months to “at least £1.8m”. Fill rates for US live reads now at 70% (notable that they specify US here). Unique users also up significantly.
A new Radiotopia podcast, Ear Hustle, is covered by Quartz. The podcast is produced by prison inmates. (Of note: there’s a UK radio station produced by prison inmates, but they cannot allow their audio to be heard outside the prison due to the potential security issues caused by coded messages for outside ears.)
Podtrac publish their top 10 podcast publishers list for May 2017. Contains participating publishers only. New entry at #10 for the Washington Post.
Some podcast data from South Africa’s Primedia. They saw 721,000 downloads in May.
Podcasting endangered languages might be a way to avoid them dying out. Tlingit, anyone?
Spotify talks about avoiding exclusives in this Variety interview. “Exclusive audio content […] is not within our playbook.”
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