Tag: podcasts

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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...
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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...
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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,...
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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)...
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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”...
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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.
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...