Podcast listening may be falling amid coronavirus pandemic
There’s been a certain amount of debate in the last fortnite about whether music streaming isn’t, in fact, getting a spike in usage as more people work from home. Here’s some more possible context for that: perhaps...
March 30, 2020
Spotify’s Anchor makes remote, collaborative podcasting easier
“I know this time of self isolation is hard and scary for people but however bad you are feeling- please, please don’t consider starting your own podcast,” joked actor Nicola Coughlan last week – which...
March 25, 2020
Spotify launches a new podcast API for developers
Spotify may be booting DJ apps off its music API, but the company is also launching a new API for another part of its business: podcasts. “Today, we launched a new podcast API for developers. This will allow developers...
March 23, 2020
Bootleg podcasts hint at how Spotify could shake up audio shows
What to call them. Podboots? Notcasts? Vice has run a fascinating piece on the Trojan horse world of podcasts on Spotify that are smuggling unlicensed music onto the platform. Vice has trawled Spotify’s music podcasts...
March 19, 2020
Spotify snaps up Anchor-made podcasts as exclusives in Asia
Spotify’s push to acquire exclusive podcasts continues: it’s just snapped up eight of the most popular shows in Indonesia for its service – its first exclusives in the south-east Asia region. What’s also interesting...
February 27, 2020
Spotify says it’s dealing with bootleg music podcasts
In October last year, we wrote about an 89-episode podcast that suddenly appeared on Spotify, with every episode consisting simply of a demo, remix or rarity from Britney Spears – clearly NOT an official project. It was...
February 21, 2020
The Ringer launches a Spotify-exclusive music podcast
A Spotify regulatory filing has confirmed how much it’s paying for media and podcasts group The Ringer: “Cash consideration totaling approximately €130 to €180 million, a portion of which is deferred, subject...
February 13, 2020
Report: Spotify is paying $250m for The Ringer acquisition
Spotify announced last week that it’s buying media and podcasts firm The Ringer, but it didn’t say how much for. That’ll come out in a future financial filing, but Bloomberg has already put forward a figure: $250m....
February 12, 2020
Spotify CEO Daniel Ek: ‘With The Ringer, I think we bought the next ESPN’
Spotify published its latest quarterly financial results earlier today, followed by an earnings call with analysts in which CEO Daniel Ek talked about its just-announced acquisition of media and podcasts firm The Ringer. “If...
February 5, 2020
Podcasts may be a sticking point in Spotify / label talks
Spotify is announcing its latest quarterly financial results later this morning, and we can expect to hear some new figures for its push into podcasts. Ahead of that, the Financial Times has published a report suggesting...
February 5, 2020
Sony Music launches podcast partnership with Somethin’ Else
Sony Music’s thirst for podcast partnerships shows no signs of being quenched. This morning, the major label has announced its latest such alliance, with veteran UK-based radio and podcasts production company Somethin’...
February 4, 2020
Spotify’s podcast catalogue expands with PodcastOne deal
Spotify is splashing its cash on producing original podcasts, but the company is also pressing ahead with getting other companies’ shows onto its platform. Its latest licensing deal is with US firm PodcastOne, which is...
January 30, 2020