Spotify faces criticism for podcasts; and Edison Research shares #PM18 data
August 1, 2018 · Updated August 13, 2018 · 1.9 minutes to read
Spotify, the second largest podcast platform, is attracting criticism for hosting on its platform The Alex Jones Show Podcast from the conspiracy theorist and far-right broadcaster. Jones has had some material removed from YouTube, and Spotify recently removed some music as part of its Hateful Conduct policy. The Alex Jones Show podcast is also hosted on Apple Podcasts and Google Podcasts, and two further podcasts featuring Jones are also available. Meanwhile, in subscriber numbers, Spotify is pulling away from Apple Music.
Google Podcasts appears to have added landing pages for non-Android devices that follow a Google Podcasts link.
Edison Research shares some of the numbers and data that Tom Webster discussed at Podcast Movement, focusing on why people don’t listen to podcasts.
International Podcast Month has been announced for September: the event involves over 75 podcasters, and is “a wonderful opportunity for us to cross-promote, celebrate each other, and share the love of podcasting with the world”. (It’s unrelated to International Podcast Day which is on September 30th).
In Canada, CBC News has announced that it is to release a daily podcast: “an essential daily download that gives listeners a shortcut to deeper understanding of the news”. The podcast, as yet un-named, will be hosted by Jayme Poisson, an investigative reporter who joins the broadcaster from the Toronto Star. Its competition is Rogers’s The Big Story and Corus’s This is Why.
Podcasters can use IGTV - Instagram TV - to promote their podcasts, says Wavve. The product lets you share up to ten minutes of video, and allows you to upload from your desktop.
What does 'producer’ mean, anyway? - a question from Bello Collective, pointing out that nobody really knows.
Inverse reviews Everything Is Alive, otherwise known as “that podcast that interviews a coke can”.
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