Pocket Casts acquired
May 4, 2018
- Pocket Casts, which is an iOS, Android and desktop podcast app, has been purchased by a combined public radio group of WNYC, NPR, WBEZ and This American Life. The team announced on their blog that they're all joining the new venture, and the ethos behind it will not change. Here's the full press release. Congratulations to Russell (who's a very nice man) and the rest of the team; of note: Owen Grover (ex iHeartRadio) will serve as CEO.
Sadly we chose to not sell our souls or you all out for crazy amounts of cash money, which means that you owe us one. - Shifty Jelly
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