Podcasts conference outlines areas for improvement
17% of Americans have listened to a podcast in the last week, according to Edison Research. That’s a relatively small rise from the 13% who did so in 2016, despite the buzz around the format in the last two years. Capturing...
November 21, 2018
UMG sues poker website over unlicensed music in podcasts
Gambling-focused website PokerNews is on the wrong end of a lawsuit from a group of Universal Music’s labels, alleging wilful copyright infringement. How does a site about poker news infringe music copyrights? The issue...
November 20, 2018
Pandora debuts its Podcast Genome Project for recommendations
Pandora has launched its Podcast Genome Project, which aims to do for podcasts what its famous Music Genome Project does for music – blend human and algorithmic curation to make recommendations to its listeners. For now,...
November 14, 2018
iHeartMedia is launching its own podcast awards
Every music-streaming service worth its salt wants a catalogue of podcasts in 2018 – and ideally to shout about its association with podcasts too. US radio group iHeartMedia (which owns the iHeartRadio streaming service)...
October 23, 2018
Sandbox Issue 213: Single-Minded. What Actually is a Single in 2018?
Lead: what exactly is a single in 2018? When any song can technically take on a life of its own now, there is a dizzying diversification in what could count as a single. We work through the main 14 (14!) types of “single”...
October 8, 2018
Spotify for Podcasters launches in beta with analytics
Spotify has just launched a new tool to help podcasters get their shows onto its platform. Spotify for Podcasters is launching in beta today, but it’s *not* a direct-upload tool.
October 4, 2018
Deezer says podcast listening on its service has grown by 146%
Growth stats as percentages without the actual before-and-after numbers can be misleading: if the original base is very small, the significance diminishes. So, Deezer’s claim yesterday that its monthly podcast streams are...
September 27, 2018
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...
August 21, 2018