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Spotify is back in profit

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  • Spotify is in profit again (PDF); surprising analysts who were expecting the company to lose money this quarter. Revenue was up 11%; operating expenses were down 13%.

    • Ad revenue was up 16%. Spotify said: “Podcast advertising revenue growth remained in the healthy double-digit range, driven by significant year-over-year growth in sold impressions across original and licensed podcasts and the Spotify Audience Network, which was partially offset by softer pricing.” Podcasting will still lose money for the company for the next 12-24 months, according to CFO Paul Vogel.Spotify
    • Total monthly active users reached 574mn (up 26% on the year). The company has 226mn paid subscribers (up 16%). By way of comparison, Google announced late last year that they had 80mn YouTube Music and Premium subscribers; and YouTube Shorts, alone, reach 2bn MAUs.Google YouTube YouTube Music
  • We hear that Spotify is testing public comments for podcasts. For select shows, all listener responses from the proprietary Q&A feature will be made available on the show’s episode page on Spotify, as long as they meet Spotify’s content guidelines. Spotify tells Podnews that “Participating creators will continue to have full control over questions and responses — they can publish or unpublish any response, or edit or remove Q&A prompts, through the interact tab of the Spotify for Podcasters dashboard.” (By way of comparison, reviews left on Apple Podcasts are not editable by creators.)

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    • Spotify is currently sponsoring this newsletter, but in common with all advertisers, gets no editorial oversight.Spotify
  • Audacy released its State of Audio: Level Up guide. The free download is designed to be “a modern blueprint for audio advertising, designed to provide a go-to playbook – including planning tips, creative how-to’s and innovative trends – to help advertisers level up the performance of their audio investments”


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Wherever your podcast is hosted, Spotify has free tools to help you find new fans and grow your show. And our latest updates give you even more ways to personalize your presence on one of the most important surfaces on our platform: your show page. This is where many of your fans began their listening journey, and now you can customize that experience to help turn more visitors into loyal fans. Guide first-time listeners to your favorite content by pinning a “Best place to start” episode. Then add up to two “Host recommendations” to cross-promote with another show or just share some of your favorite content on Spotify. Start curating your show page, and check out all the ways Spotify for Podcasters can help your show stand out.


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