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A picture of Castro in San Francisco which really has nothing to do with a podcast app
Piotr Musioł

Podcast app Castro gets a new owner

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  • Castro

    Exclusive: Popular iOS podcast app Castro has a new owner: Bluck Apps is an independent app studio and consulting agency based in Brooklyn NY. The company owns an Android podcast app called Aurelian, which will be “moved under the Castro umbrella”. In a blog post to be published on the Castro website today, owner Dustin Bluck says that Castro serves people who really love podcasts - those who have over 100 podcast subscriptions. The company is also responding to all support emails sent over the past few months. “Bluck Apps is very committed to the open podcasting ecosystem and taking over such a well-designed independent app is very cool for us.”

  • Acast
    YouTube

    Exclusive: Acast is blocking YouTube from ingesting Acast podcasts via YouTube’s RSS tool. An email from Acast’s support team seen by Podnews points out that YouTube requires all submitted podcasts to be ad-free; that creators will be unable to make money from listens on YouTube; and cites concerns that YouTube will divert listeners away from podcast platforms. “Acast has exclusive monetization rights to podcasts hosted with them,” it adds.

    • Acast told us: “Podcasters working with Acast rely on advertising revenue, which is made possible through Dynamic Ad Insertion (DAI). We’re actively talking with relevant parties to ensure podcasters are able to effectively maximize the benefit of the YouTube distribution channel.”
    • Listeners can get Acast-hosted podcasts on the YouTube Music app using RSS feeds: use our tool to help.
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    Spotify
    Triton Digital

    Triton Digital has released its US Podcast Report 2023. The free 32 page report says there has been a 12% growth of monthly podcast users in the last two years, and that 55% of podcasts get fewer than 10,000 US downloads per month. Apple Podcasts gets 45% of all episode downloads; Spotify just 15%.

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