Spotify sign exclusive deal with Joe Budden
August 23, 2018
A correction - yesterday Podnews said that Anchor podcasters "were not subject to the same approval process as others". We were wrong: Anchor podcasts are subject to the same manual Apple Podcast Approval; although they're all posted under Anchor's account, which is a different process from other hosts. We've amended the post.
Spotify have signed an exclusive deal with The Joe Budden Podcast ("a top music podcast and go-to listen for hip-hop and rap culture enthusiasts"). This is the first signing from the company that explicitly removes a podcast from other platforms. Music Business Worldwide reports that Spotify is focusing on podcasts "to help fix its fragile finances"; they've also launched another radio and hip-hop podcast, Ebb & Flow, sponsored by a vodka company; and they've launched a UK-based Sound Up Bootcamp; the US event earlier in the year attracted over 18,000 applicants.
Yesterday, we covered a story about a Google app called Shortwave . Rumours: perhaps it might involve the team behind 60db which Google purchased in October, and maybe the app is about personalised short-form speech. "Shortwave", as a name, suddenly makes sense. While Google sometimes has difficulty focusing, relax - this doesn't sound like a third podcast app from Mountain View.
- Google Play Music Podcasts, the company's previous podcast attempt that only works in US and Canada, is not currently importing new episodes, due to a bug.
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Podcast Detroit has opened another studio; it now has three locations, six studios, and nearly a hundred shows.
C-Suite Radio, a business podcast network, has signed with Panoply's Megaphone for podcast hosting and monetisation.
The latest episode of Unstructured has a thoughtful interview with Podcasting Hall of Fame's Dave Jackson - touching on the effects of New & Noteworthy and the problems with podcasting's brand being tainted by "Three guys, one brain". Other "podcasts about podcasts" worth listening to include Radio Survivor, which reflects on Podcast Movement 2018; and, cough, ours, which is now available as daily briefings on Google Home and Amazon Alexa smart speakers.
Auphonic, an audio polishing service that fixes levels and removes hum and noise, has announced a private beta with more control over the service's output.
The Radio Show (a US broadcasting event from the RAB and NAB, in mid September) will have a podcast session. Meanwhile, Westwood One expects the company to earn $10m in podcasting revenue in 2018 - they earnt $100,000 last year.
Listicle: 15 of the best fantasy football podcasts (they mean some weird US version of football with an oval ball and padding and helmets)
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