Spotify’s new ‘Harmonize’ podcast explores racial bias
Spotify’s pipeline of original podcasts is well and truly rumbling as 2019 draws to a close. The latest show to be announced by the streaming service is called ‘Harmonize’, and it’ll be focusing on “conversations...
November 15, 2019
Music may be losing out due to the growth of spoken-word audio
It would be wrong to generalise that ‘labels’ are unhappy with Spotify’s push into podcasts. It’s true that some executives do view the strategy with suspicion, as a development that will cannibalise both music-listening...
November 15, 2019
Report explores intensifying Spotify/Apple competition… in podcasts
Apple Podcasts has long been the leading distribution platform for podcasts, by some distance. Spotify’s recent podcasts push quickly made the latter service the second biggest in the world, but now it may be challenging...
November 14, 2019
Liberty Media boss: ‘Music is somewhat of a commodity…’
Liberty Media is the company that owns a majority stake in satellite-radio firm SiriusXM – and thus Pandora – alongside various other assets (Formula One racing included). In its latest financial earnings call, CEO Greg...
November 12, 2019
Podcast industry lets loose with its current frustrations
Hot Pod News is an excellent news site for anyone trying to get under the skin of the fast-evolving podcasting industry, and its latest feature shows why. The site has been surveying its readers on their current frustrations...
November 7, 2019
Sony Music to make a daily satirical podcast with The Onion
Sony Music Entertainment is partnering with satirical website The Onion to launch a new daily podcast in 2020. ‘The Topical’ will go live in January and will deliver daily sideswipes at the news and current affairs....
November 6, 2019
US digital-audio listening tipped to overtake radio in 2020
Research firm eMarketer has published some new estimates and predictions for the size of the US digital-audio market – music-streaming, podcasts, online and satellite radio. The big claim is that by 2020, American adults...
November 5, 2019
Warner Chappell launches ‘Final Sessions’ music podcast
We’ve seen a fair few labels launch their own music-focused podcasts in recent times, but not quite so many publishers. Warner Chappell is, though: it’s launching a new music-documentary podcast called ‘Final...
November 4, 2019
Netflix launches its first fictional podcast… with Spotify
We all know about Netflix’s business making original TV shows and films, but the company is also exploring the podcasts world. The latest example is a show called ‘The Only Podcast Left’, which Variety notes is Netflix’s...
November 1, 2019
Spotify is making a podcast with country star Reba McEntire
Spotify has announced another original podcast in partnership with a musician: country artist Reba McEntire. It’s due to launch early in 2020, with Spotify promising “Reba’s trademark wit and wisdom as she and expert...
October 30, 2019
Sony Music launches another podcasting JV: Broccoli Content
In May this year, Sony Music launched a joint venture with two podcast-industry veterans, Adam Davidson and Laura Mayer. The first fruits from that company, Three Uncanny Four Productions, was the ‘Broken: Jeffrey Epstein’...
October 25, 2019
Startup Pex can now scan Apple Podcasts for music clips
Pex isn’t a startup we’ve written much about for Music Ally thus far, but it’s one of the more interesting companies in the current music ecosystem – not just because of what it’s doing now, but for how its technology...
October 25, 2019