Patreon change their charging structure
December 7, 2017 · Updated December 31, 2017 · 2.3 minutes to read
Patreon makes a number of changes to their service fees - shifting much of those fees to your patrons. Patrons will now pay 2.9% plus US$0.35 (they were paying nothing), while creators will now only pay 5%. Here’s a few examples based on $10. A search on Twitter for patreon appears to indicate that creators aren’t happy.
A new service providing “hassle-free music licensing for podcasts”, has been launched by music platform SourceAudio. Subscriptions start at US$10 a month.
Panoply launches Battle Scars, a war stories podcast featuring veterans.
Another article laying into Apple’s Podcasts app: this time, the influential Slate magazine. “As for the Apple Podcasts app, I literally deleted it.”
Blubrry launches a product called Podcast Mirror. It acts as a nicer (and more robust, the claim goes) RSS feed. It’s free, and lives over here. Here’s what a hosted podcast feed looks like on their service: the system offers listeners the “subscribe by email” service from Blubrry, as well as a subscribe-on-Android service also run by the company. The audio URL is not interfered-with.
Data from iHeart, the US radio company. They claim 100m registered US users to their app, and “10,000 shows, 525 of which are made in-house”. Podcasting has grown 60% since January. “We’re able to sell specific [sponsorships for] bigger shows, because that creates a better revenue opportunity. Local stations monetize [smaller shows with] the people already buying their station and morning show.”
An antidote to the smart-speaker frenzy, The Week publishes a story called The looming end of the smart speaker. It links to this research, with some data on how US users used smart speakers in Q1 2017.
The Discover Pods Awards announce their finalists. Over 4,000 submissions to these awards; voting is on now.
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