When 1 second of listening means a 90 second download
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Play just one second of a podcast on Spotify, and you’ve downloaded over 90 seconds of audio - enough to count as an IAB certified podcast download. Writing in Sounds Profitable this week with Claritas, Bryan Barletta concludes: “podcast streaming is a myth”. A fascinating deep-dive into listener-initiated downloads and player-initiated downloads - worth getting it every week.
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