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  • While yesterday’s IAB #concernedpodcasters document was heavy on the concerns and light on any solutions, we’re reminded of this work for podcast listening using ULIDs, from Dan Benjamin and Dave Jones, which potentially fixes any issues around download analytics. It is a straightforward suggestion to append a random string to the audio request.

  • macOS Monterey (12.5) is out. We’d probably recommend making sure that all your critical software works with it before upgrading; but from what we understand, there shouldn’t be too many incompatibility issues.

  • Comedian Lewis Black has filed a suit against SXM Media’s Pandora for copyright infringement, claiming that Pandora has failed to pay royalties for using recordings of his work, and that it decided to “infringe now … and deal with the consequences later”. Media lawyer David Oxenford explains how royalties for comedy work, and says that historically, no such royalty has been claimed or collected. Yet.

  • A new magazine is to be produced in France: Podcast Magazine should be available in October 2022. It’s unrelated to the similarly-named US title.

  • Resound, AI-powered podcast editing software, has raised $1.35m. The software automatically removes ums and ers; you can join the waitlist on the website.

  • Auddia has released metrics about their faidr mobile app, which offers live radio stations without the ads. The company also owns Vodacast, an “immersive podcasting” service.

  • “Remember that a quality podcast is only half the work, the other half of the work is to get your podcast out there to attract and retain a loyal and engaged audience,” says Pousse, a company in France that grows and markets podcasts.

  • The Betoota Advocate reports on an apparent Australian government piece of research that “no podcast ever has earnt a four hour run time”. The story concludes: “Dr Twal states she is not sure when podcasters stopped respecting people’s time but states that if we don’t crack down on podcast dribble the next generation could be forced to live through podcasts that go for up to 10 hours.”

  • Thank you to Owen Grover for becoming our latest personal supporter on Patreon. We’re grateful for your support. (Be like Owen, and the other folk at the bottom of our newsletter by supporting us on Patreon).

Moves and hires

  • James Parkinson is to start as a Podcast Producer at ARN’s iHeartPodcast Network Australia from Monday; he joins from Lawson Media. “I’m beyond excited to be joining a fantastic team at ARN”, he tweets, adding “Also, a nod to Podnews where I first spotted the job ad. If you want a job in podcasting, it’s become a great resource for new opportunities. And companies that aren’t posting their ads there are probably missing out on great talent.” Thanks!

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