iHeartMedia to acquire podcast publisher Stuff Media
We’re well aware that Spotify, Pandora and other streaming services see podcasts as a new area for competition – and are signing content deals (exclusives included) left, right and centre. But this may be a market ripe...
September 14, 2018
Spotify secures exclusive on The Joe Budden podcast
We’re some way past the era of single-service exclusives on new albums, bar the odd outlier. But we could be entering a new wave of exclusivity agreements for another kind of content that’s increasingly prominent on streaming...
August 23, 2018
Spotify takes podcast bootcamp for women of colour to London
Earlier this year, Spotify ran a ‘Sound Up Bootcamp’ in the US for women of colour, picking 10 from more than 18,000 applicants for a week-long series of educational sessions to help them develop their podcasts. Now...
August 22, 2018
Spotify launches vodka-backed podcast series Ebb & Flow
Spotify’s push into podcasts continues with the launch of Ebb & Flow, a ‘branded original’ podcast focusing on hip-hop and R&B. Hosted by DJ Jasmine Solano, it promises to focus on “the hustlers, dreamers and...
August 21, 2018
BBC podcasts now on Spotify UK
Podcasts became a “hot topic” last week amid debates over who is and who isn’t allowed a platform on services like Spotify and iTunes. This week sees a less controversial development as podcasts produced for the BBC...
August 13, 2018
Pandora aiming to launch podcast genome project this year
Earlier this year, Pandora announced plans to create a ‘podcast genome project’ comparable to its earlier work around music recommendations. Now CEO Roger Lynch says the project will soon be ready for public consumption. “Pandora...
August 10, 2018
Now Apple and Stitcher remove Alex Jones’ Infowars podcasts
Spotify removed some individual episodes of podcasts by far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones last week, but now some other popular podcast platforms have followed suit. Apple has removed the entire libraries of five podcasts...
August 6, 2018
Spotify removes some Alex Jones podcasts for hate content
As we reported yesterday, Spotify’s latest content controversy concerns the availability on its service of podcasts by far-right conspiracy-theorist Alex Jones. Having been censured by YouTube and Facebook in recent weeks,...
August 2, 2018
New for Spotify: Google Clock deal and Archie motion-comics
Spotify already has a pretty close relationship with Google for integration into its Google Home family of smart speakers. Now the companies are collaborating on one of the most well-used apps on Android devices: its clock...
August 1, 2018
Spotify funds three women of colour’s podcast ambitions
Spotify has announced the results of its recent Sound Up Bootcamp, a week-long workshop in June for women of colour with ambitions in the podcast arena. 10 participants were chosen from more than 18,000 applicants, and three...
July 12, 2018
US podcast ad revenues set new record of $314m in 2017
Brands are spending even more money advertising within podcasts, according to a new study published by ad-industry body the IAB and consultancy firm PwC. It claims that US podcast advertising spend grew by 86% to $314m in...
June 12, 2018