What is Spotify really measuring?
September 24, 2018
- What do your Spotify stats actually say? Blubrry's Todd Cochrane comments on the New Media Show
that they measure "listens", not downloads, and that someone just needs to listen for 30 seconds to count.
UPDATE: He's wrong. Spotify measures "starts", roughly similar to downloads, and "streams", which measure listens for longer than 60 seconds (the IAB v2 standard).
We've updated our article on how to understand podcast statistics further with Spotify's clarification, which is behind a login wall only available to Spotify partners.
We regret the error.
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RadioPublic is reminding podcasters to claim their podcast on the RadioPublic platform.
Dave Jackson shares the proper way to use a Blue Yeti microphone. "It's not a bad microphone, but you need to know how to use it".
Crypto publication Hacker Noon is pivoting into podcasting, with Trent Lapinski as host. The first podcast will come out "late September".
Buzzfeed's audio team, which the company have announced will be laid off, have posted the team's resumes and contact details on Twitter.
Marketplace highlights the booming podcast industry in China. Unlike in the rest of the world, revenue is from paid-for podcasts.
Event: PatreCon, November 1-3, Los Angeles CA, USA.
The BBC's new audio app, BBC Sounds, will be launched on 30 October. We hear it'll contain some third-party podcasts, though be available within the UK only.
- Audioboom has launched Dead Man Talking, a true crime podcast looking into a notorious serial killer.
- Origins with James Andrew Miller has a new episode looking behind the scenes of Saturday Night Live. (Cadence13 / ART19)
- The Dream dives into the world of pyramid schemes and multi-level marketing. Vanity Fair cover the podcast saying "This Podcast Can’t Legally Tell You (health, beauty and healthcare product company) Amway Is a Pyramid Scheme". (Little Everywhere / Stitcher / ART19)
- Women in Charge features Slate EIC Julia Turner, asking other women in charge about the nitty-gritty details of their work lives. (Slate / Megaphone)
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