Tag: podcasts

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Spotify CEO Daniel Ek talks Bollywood, creators and battling radio with live features

"I believe 100% that we're going to see a rise of Bollywood and new types of Indian music making it into the global scene in the very near future." Not the first prediction of this kind, but it carries extra weight given...
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Podcast update: Acast buys RadioPublic and Podimo raises €11.2m

Spotify’s big podcasting moves get lots of attention in the music industry, but the company’s aggressive push into podcasts has had a bigger ripple effect. From Amazon Music buying production firm Wondery to iHeartMedia’s...
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Podz app turns podcasts into playlists of 60-second clips

With every music streaming service and their aunt piling into podcasts, we’re interested in some of the innovation coming from startups in that space: as a precursor to future features (or indeed acquisitions) from...
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Deezer swaps streams for steams in new erotica section

If ever there were a story whose keywords were guaranteed to get Music Ally’s bulletin blocked by the music industry’s spam filters en masse, it’s this one. Well, apart from the stories about That Site...
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Startup Fireside will be a cross between podcasts and Clubhouse

Bring on the Clubhouse clones! One of 2020’s buzzier startups is keeping its momentum going in 2021, but inevitably there are other companies springing up with audio chat-room style models. One of them comes from a veteran...
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11.7% of Tencent Music’s users are listening to long-form audio

We and other outlets have written a lot about Spotify’s podcasts strategy, and more recently its early dabblings with audiobooks as another strand of its ‘audio first’ strategy. But of course, Spotify is far from the...
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Spotify’s latest podcasts partnership is with Ava DuVernay

As competition heats up in the music streaming / podcasting crossover, so Spotify’s partnerships keep coming. The latest is with filmmaker Ava DuVernay, of ‘Selma’ and ‘Queen Sugar’ fame. Her...
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‘Audio first’ race intensifies with Apple and Tencent Music

It was February 2019 when Spotify signalled its move to an “audio-first” strategy, pushing towards a future where more than 20% of its listening would come from “non-music content”. A succession of acquisitions and...
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Expect more rows in 2021 over platform moderation of podcasts

Hot Pod News founder Nicholas Quah is one of the sharpest analysts of the podcasting industry, so his ‘2021 Year in Preview‘ post is well worth a read. Among its predictions: more moderation rows ahead over the...
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Listening Party launches for premieres of music and podcasts

We’ve written a lot recently about YouTube’s premieres feature, and how artists and labels are using it. But gathering fans online to experience new (or old!) music together goes well beyond a single platform,...
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Spotify ‘investing heavily’ to tackle unlicensed music podcasts

Spotify has had a legal way for people to release music podcasts since October with its ‘shows with music’ format, but that doesn’t mean it’s out of the woods yet with unlicensed music podcasts on...
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Amazon Music buys podcast production company Wondery

The speculation about Amazon buying podcast producer Wondery was correct: the deal was announced at the end of December. Specifically, Wondery will now be part of Amazon Music, emphasising Amazon’s music streaming...