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First speakers announced for Podcast Movement Evolutions

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  • Livewire reports that Libsyn’s podcast consumption stats are now using IAB-compliant numbers. Those figures had been their own legacy numbers until September. The company appears to include all AppleCoreMedia downloads under Apple Podcasts data, and claims Apple has 69.5% of all downloads, Spotify 13.7%, and Google Podcasts at 2.2%.

  • Christmas comes early part 1: In October, RØDE launched a games division, including streaming software Unify. Costing $69 a year, it was given away for $1 at the end of November, but in an email sent to customers and seen by Podnews, the software is now free. It will only work with RØDE microphones from now on; but the company is to send a free XCM-50 microphone to every former subscriber. /ht Neal Veglio

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  • Christmas comes early part 2: Overcast’s developer, Marco Arment, has announced he is not going to remove Overcast’s web player after all. He promises it’ll continue to be very basic, and kind of ugly, but will remain for the forseeable future.

  • The host of Sword and Scale, Mike Boudet has posted a racially unpleasant poll on Twitter. Boudet was sacked by Wondery in 2019 after similar Twitter comments, and was widely accused of orchestrating one-star reviews against a competitor. He has denied that he left one star reviews; and is also the subject of a YouTube documentary. We’ve again asked for comment.

  • Further reading: The CEO of PRX, Kerri Hoffman, thinks podcasting has significant opportunities for local communities in 2023 … and Troy Larson suggests that radio is ignoring podcasting.

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