Amazon-owned Wondery to launch podcast subscriptions with Apple
As one of the biggest podcast production companies, you’d expect Wondery to be interested in the new subscription features offered by the likes of Apple and Spotify. Or would you? Wondery was, after all, recently acquired...
May 12, 2021
Joe Rogan vaccine advice overshadows Spotify podcast subs launch
Spotify has launched its paid subscriptions for podcasters in the US, but the launch is being overshadowed by the latest controversy around its star signing Joe Rogan. “If you’re like 21 years old, and you say to...
April 28, 2021
Spotify ended Q1 2021 with 158m subscribers (and a profit)
Spotify has published its financial results for the first quarter of 2021, revealing that by the end of March it had 356 million monthly active users, including 158 million premium subscribers. The company says it added...
April 28, 2021
Tencent Music now has 100m listeners for ‘long-form audio’
Spotify and Apple are not the only music streaming giants investing heavily in podcasts. Tencent Music has also been doing that as part of a wider ‘long-form audio’ strategy that includes audiobooks and comedy. The company...
April 26, 2021
Spotify tipped to launch show-level podcast subscriptions
Last week, Apple announced its new show-level podcast subscriptions, including a business model of taking a 30% cut of subscriptions for the first year and 15% thereafter. Given the ongoing tensions (and, indeed, regulatory...
April 26, 2021
Deezer signs Globoplay deal and expands podcasts tab rollout
Latin America has long been a key set of territories for Deezer, and now the streaming service is doubling down in Brazil with a new media partnership. It’s with a big player too: video streaming company Globoplay. Its...
April 22, 2021
Apple’s next podcasts move is show-level subscriptions
Apple held its latest press launch last night, with updates for its iMac, iPad Pro and Apple TV; a purple iPhone; and the launch of its keys-finding / pet-tracking AirTag accessories. There were no new figures for Apple Music,...
April 21, 2021
Spotify strikes WMG podcasts deal and rebrands Dissect for UK
We’ve seen Spotify doing deals with podcast production companies, and major labels doing deals with podcast production companies. The logical next step comes with the announcement by Warner Music Group and Spotify that...
April 16, 2021
Spotify expands podcast charts and livestream listings
There’s a flurry of Spotify stories today from across its business. Starting with a revamp for its podcast charts. Listeners can now see rankings of individual episodes as well as overall shows, and the US charts are...
April 15, 2021
Reports offer latest data on the growth of the podcasts market
Advertisers, streaming services and the wider music industry alike are keen for data on the growth of podcasts, and the habits of their listeners. Two new studies are worth a look this week on that score. First, there’s...
April 7, 2021
Matador launches ‘Revisionist History’ podcast using Anchor
Don’t worry, independent label Matador isn’t launching a podcast claiming that President Kennedy was actually killed by alien assassins, or that the medieval plague was started by a time-travelling Bill Gates...
March 25, 2021
Spotify could overtake Apple for US podcast listeners this year
Spotify is pushing hard in podcasts, and research firm eMarketer has predicted that this will pay off in 2020 with the company overtaking Apple for US podcast listeners. “This year 28.2 million people will listen...
March 3, 2021