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iOS 16.2 brings a change to Apple Podcasts

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  • A small but important UX change in Apple Podcasts comes with the release of iOS 16.2 and iPadOS 16.2 this week: the “+” button is now clearly marked “+ Follow”.

    • Spotify also uses “follow”; so between them, more than two-thirds of podcasts are already consumed using a service that uses the phrase “follow”. Listeners follow shows to add them to their Library, receive new episodes, and be notified when they’re available. They can subscribe to support their favorite shows and unlock premium audio experiences.
    • Time to check our calls-to-action? And: should we be asking other podcast apps to “follow” suit?
  • Should your podcast take a break for the holidays? At Bumper, Dan Misener looked at release data and consumption data to discover what really happens.

  • Rusty Quill has published a long article tackling allegations made in an opinion piece that we covered yesterday by Newt Schottelkotte, which the company calls “unprofessional misinformation”.

  • Elon Musk has been mentioned in nearly 44 million downloads across Acast’s podcasts, says Georgie Holt, Acast MD for the Americas. She highlights why podcast advertising is a rather safer bet than Twitter.

  • Spanish-language podcast platform iVoox has shared the most listened-to podcasts in 2022 on the service. The company claims more than 800m listens, more than 13m episodes published and more than 220,000 new podcasts carried on their platform, of which 72,000 are in Spanish. The most listened-to podcast is Dias Extraños (“Strange Days”), covering stories that “are left out of the media’s focus because they are considered too controversial, too strange or contrary to the corporate interests of the media themselves”.

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  • Spotify Live shows are being cancelled, according to a paywalled article from Ashley Carman, summarised by Seeking Alpha.

  • Citing a lack of funding, NPR has cancelled the company’s summer internship program next year.

  • The new Australian Podcast Ranker was released. Mamamia joins the ranker and claims it is “the biggest Australian pure podcast network”; both LiSTNR and iHeart also claimed they were #1.

  • What day do shows in your podcast genre release new episodes? Podchaser analyzes six months of podcast data and shows the most/least popular days to publish a podcast.

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