iOS 17 brings episode art to Apple Podcasts
iOS 17 has been released for iPhone and iPad. A free update, it includes significant changes for Apple Podcasts, unlocking episode art and a new Now Playing experience among other features. Episode art is already supported by Spotify, Pocket Casts and other large apps: you’ll find it in our daily and weekly podcasts.Apple Spotify Apple Podcasts Pocket Casts
First look: Acast has announced a partnership with Slip.Acast
Stream, offering all Acast podcasters access to more than 70,000 royalty-free music tracks for use in their content creation. Acast creators get free access for six months and a discount thereafter.
Data: PodPros released its Actively Established Podcast Report for September. The report pulls in a number of data points for the industry, including industry download averages and a scoring of hosting providers.
First look: Triton Digital unveiled its Canada Podcast Trends report with data from the country. An accompaniment to the Canadian Podcast Ranker, it reveals that Canadians listen to three hours of podcasts on average per week, and that true crime is the most popular category.Triton Digital
First look: Lemonada Media has launched a full-service studio for brand, talent, foundation and non-profit partners looking to create original podcasts.Lemonada Media
First look: NPR has renewed a brand-lift measurement solution with Veritonic, to measure the impact of their client and sponsor audio campaigns.
PodReacher has unveiled a service that turns your podcast into a book, and can publish it on Amazon within eight weeks.Amazon PodReacher
A new version of Open AI’s Whisper speech recognition software was released today. It includes improvements to word timestamp accuracy and support for the podcast namespace requirements. Ryan Heise tells us the magical incantation is:
whisper --word_timestamps True --max_line_width 32 --max_line_count 2 audio.mp3which outputs JSON, SRT, VTT and TXT formats. (As of today, we also support JSON transcripts).
Apple has an Apple Podcast Studio in Apple Park, Cupertino. The team at Las Charlas de Applesfera recorded it in directly after Apple’s Wonderlust event. The podcast team describe it as “a generously sized recording room that includes everything any podcaster needs to produce quality content”. The Podnews Weekly Review would sound nice from there, just saying.Apple Podnews
What’s a “first look”? It’s where Podnews has been trusted to be one of the first to cover a new product or service to our 29,300 readers.Podnews
Moves and hires - with Podnews Live: where podcasting connects
Programmatic audio platform Audiohook has announced David Krulewich (DK) as the company’s Chief Revenue Officer.Audiohook
Amy Westervelt, founder of Drilled Global and the Critical Frequency podcast network, has received a Journalist Of the Year award from Covering Climate Now, a global journalism collaboration co-founded by Columbia Journalism Review and The Nation. Watch the video announcing the award.
Tips & Tricks
- Talib Jasir, the founder of the Afros & Audio Podcast Festival, suggests 11 ways to repurpose a podcast.
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Podcast promotion in the wild
Seen by Podnews reader Katie on the London Underground, Audible is marketing series three of the Steve Coogan podcast From The Oasthouse, The Alan Partridge Podcast. An “Oast house” (two words) is a building in Southern England designed to dry hops, the chief ingredient of beer, apart from water that is, which we guess is really the chief ingredient of beer come to think of it. Here are some pictures of oast houses that we can’t afford to buy from Alamy.Audible Podnews
Podcast promotion in the wild is our series showing podcasts being promoted on poster sites, in tube trains, on aeroplanes, those stickers in the gents, on t-shirts, postcards and all kinds of other places, reaching the 58% of people who don’t listen to podcasts at least once a month, because that’s where the real growth is. It also lets us write things about beer and/or oast houses. Send any you spot (podcast promotion, not oast houses) to email@example.com or just hit reply.
Podcast data for Sep 19
#1 in Apple Podcasts
Exposed: Cover-Up at Columbia University (Wondery)
TED Talks Daily (TED)
#1 in Spotify
The Joe Rogan Experience (Joe Rogan)
Comfort and Growth with Crystal Lim-Lange (Crystal Lim-Lange)
Over the last week, 207,974 podcasts published at least one new episode (up 1.7%). source