Goodpods removes AI-generated descriptions
Popular podcast app Goodpods added AI-generated additional descriptions to thousands of podcasts without telling creators, or getting their consent. Some of the descriptions were inaccurate and misleading; the company withdrew the feature, after Podnews asked the founders for a statement.Podnews
In Australia, spending on podcast advertising in Q3/23 grew by 88% year-on-year, according to new data from Magellan AI and ARN’s iHeartPodcast Network Australia. The top 3 advertisers were Amazon, BetterHelp and "TakeawayAmazon Magellan AI
.com", which is better known in Australia as Menulog (and in the US as Grubhub).
Pocket Casts is adding a bookmarking feature, which is available in beta.Pocket Casts
Data: From Q2 this year: 5.8mn people (9%) in France listen to “native podcasts” at least once a week. (France likes differentiating between “radio replay” and “native” podcasts). Another study from the CSA Institute suggests 26% are monthly listeners to podcasts; and Spotify France also shares data from the French industry.Spotify
Further reading: JAR Audio suggests that engagement, rather than conversions, should be your podcast’s North Star. (Fun fact: we can’t see the North Star from where Podnews is put together). … Shreya Sharma describes the importance of show notes in Podcast Marketing Magic.Podnews JAR Audio
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The Tech Stuff - with RSS․com
One of the new features in Podcasting 2.0 is the opportunity of live streaming to your audience - if you’re subscribed to a podcast, you can get an alert in your app when a show is being recorded live. RSS
.com’s Alberto Betella writes about how the company achieved live podcast streamingat the company’s recent conference in Mexico City.
YouTube Music is (whisper it) quite a good, if basic, podcast app. From your friends at Podnews, this website will help you - if you want - listen to any podcast in YouTube Music, via the power of RSS. Shh.YouTube YouTube Music Podnews
Our New Podcast Trailers podcast feed - here’s the RSS - uses OP3 to measure total plays (and individual shows see these downloads in their stats, too). One thing we learnt: make sure your audio enclosure URLs end “.mp3”, even if they’re just, like ours, redirects. Apple needs an audio file extension in the URL, otherwise it won’t index the episode.Apple
Podcast News - with Airwave
Podcast data for Nov 20
#1 in Apple Podcasts
The Bakersfield Three (Casefile Presents)
Ghost Story (Wondery | Pineapple Street Studios)
#1 in Spotify
What Now? with Trevor Noah (Spotify Studios)
The Joe Rogan Experience (Joe Rogan)
Over the last week, 201,833 podcasts published at least one new episode (down 2.3%). source