Anchor Listener Support now natively supported in podcast apps; and Amazon Alexa is caching audio
August 17, 2018 · 2.3 minutes to read
Anchor’s Listener Support (Aug 10) is now natively supported in podcast apps, the company has just announced. “Support on Anchor” buttons are now visible in versions of Breaker and RadioPublic, with support from Castro and Podcast Addict promised shortly. Podnews also already supports Anchor’s Listener Support links - here’s an example. Anchor is also marking up these links using the
rel="payment"pattern so they’ll be visible in a future release of Overcast.
Amazon is now seemingly caching files for the Amazon Alexa “Flash briefing” feature in the US. This appears to have enabled more consistent loudness levels, since Amazon appears to be applying some form of loudness correction.
- This, of course, breaks dynamically-served content, including advertising, and means analytics will no longer be visible to podcast hosts. Spotify also caches files; but Stitcher no longer does after sustained criticism. While podcast use on smart speakers is otherwise negligible, the flash briefing feature can deliver significant traffic.
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