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  • Exclusive: Like FontAwesome but for podcasts, The Podcast Font is launched today: a new icon font for websites, containing consistent icons and logos for popular podcast platforms, apps and functionality. It makes graphical buttons and links just as easy as one line of code. It’s open and free.

  • Buzzsprout has published its platform stats for Dec 2021. Compiled using IAB certified data, it shows Apple Podcasts once more well in the lead for episode downloads.

  • The BPI, the British record company association, has published music consumption data for 2021. Streams increased by 5.7% year-on-year. They highlight: “For an artist, 10 million streams generates at least the same royalties as 10,000 CD sales, and nearly 2,000 artists will achieve at least 10 million streams this year in the UK alone – nearly double the number who sold the equivalent number of CDs and downloads in 2007.”

Have you been away? Here’s what you missed - over the holiday period, a true crime podcast was sued for their interview tapes in a concerning development for journalists; Facebook’s Podcasts service is confusing some podcast stats and misleading some creators; and there were 1.2m, or 566,000 new shows in 2021.

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  • Popular podcast Darknet Diaries has released its year-end stats for 2021. Host Jack Rhysider details the cross-promotion he did (and its effect); how he uses social media, and whenever he got press coverage.
    • Notably - 31% of his downloads were from Spotify; and Apple Podcasts (including about 40% of AppleCoreMedia) is, we calculate around 24%.

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The Hangover Liberation Society
The Hangover Liberation Society is a show that explores the upside of sobriety, and why ditching alcohol is so much more than just liberating yourself from hangovers. Hosted by Adrienne van der Valk and Erin Ranta, the show is live on Thursdays on the Loudspeaker app, and available as a podcast shortly afterwards. - read more
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Desperately Seeking Wisdom
Desperately Seeking Wisdom is a new podcast released yesterday, hosted by Craig Oliver, formerly UK Prime Minister David Cameron’s Director of Politics and Communications, and a senior manager at BBC News. In his first episode, he talks to former BBC presenter George Alagiah, who was told in 2014 that he had bowel cancer.

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