Google Podcasts disappears from Google Search
Exclusive: Google Podcasts has been removed from Google Search.
- In April 2018, Google started showing individual podcast episodes and play buttons in Google Search, which opened a Google Podcasts branded player. Now, a Google search for a podcast no longer shows any play buttons linking to the service, or any links to Google Podcasts itself. A search for “history podcasts” lists a number of shows, but links to reviews, Apple Podcasts pages and other platforms.
- A Google spokesperson tells us that this is “as intended”, adding “we’re constantly experimenting with ways to improve the experience for our users”.
- The Google Podcasts app has had no feature updates for the last eighteen months; the Google Podcasts Creators Program closed this month; and now with the removal of the product from Google Search, the business unit that owns the app, we asked if Google Podcasts is to close. The answer: “YouTube and Google Podcasts serve different needs. Both serve podcast listeners today and we are not changing this right now. We have nothing more to share at this time.”
Sounds Profitable has announced new research and content partners, and their presence at SXSW and Podcast Movement Evolutions.
Magellan AI has added support for analysing Spanish language podcasts in the US and Mexico. The product is already monitoring more than 2,000 advertisers.
First look: Sounder and Urban One have partnered to research improved brand safety tools for BIPOC audio content, which the companies recognise is currently limited. Sounder will work with Radio One and the Urban One Podcast Network.
Libsyn has launched Libsyn Connect, a browser-based remote recording tool. Here are the support documents; it’s free for every Libsyn customer until Feb 7, and will be available for any customer on a $20+ plan.
Libsyn’s AdvertiseCast has signed an exclusive advertising partnership with Aaron Mahnke’s Lore, including Libsyn’s Auto Ads solution.
The Australian Podcast Ranker for December was released by Triton Digital. SCA’s Hamish & Andy lost their top spot - but then, they didn’t release a single show in December; the #1 is now Casefile True Crime, produced by Audioboom and represented by ARN’s iHeartPodcast Network Australia, which remains the top publisher; while SCA’s LiSTNR remains the top sales house (just). Both claim they’re #1 in press releases.
Further reading: Matthew McLean writes Why Video Can’t & Won’t Replace Audio in Podcasting … Jonas Woost at Bumper writes on A better way to measure podcast success: Listen Time
Moves and hires
- Manuela Bedoya has been made Head of Operations at Sounds Profitable. She was with LWC Studios.
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- Yesterday, we covered Ali Abdaal, telling us how he earnt $4.6m last year from his YouTube channel. Tony Dec links us to former YouTuber Anastasia Petrenko who has a very different experience. Ali was clear that his experience wasn’t typical, and we linked to him in case his ideas were helpful in thinking about new ways to earn revenue for podcasters: we link to Anastasia since her experiences are, also, useful.
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Podcast data for Jan 18
- #1 in Apple Podcasts: US: HBO's The Last of Us Podcast (HBO) NZ: Peter Ellis, the Creche Case & Me (Newsroom.co.nz)
- #1 in Spotify: US: The Joe Rogan Experience (Joe Rogan) NZ: The Joe Rogan Experience (Joe Rogan)
- Over the last week:
203,692 podcasts published at least one new episode.
That’s up 5.7% weekly; up 0.3% monthly.Data: Podcast Index
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