Artificial Intelligence adds visuals and context links to podcasts
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James Cridland
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Feb 08, 2019
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Artificial Intelligence adds visuals and context links to podcasts
  • Entale, a visually augmented podcast player, has released a slew of new features. Entale 3.0 features artificial intelligence, adding extra information and context automatically to podcasts. Their Entale Original podcast Life and Lipstick performed, the company reports, extremely well - with "almost 50% of listening time spent interacting with content and a third of listeners shopping via the app." You can also sign up to test the Android app.
  • Transistor, a podcast host, have made their revenue figures public and open, and also the consumption figures for Build your Saas, their podcast. Their stats include information from Apple, Spotify and Podtrac.
  • Podest, a podcast app for iOS, has released a new version. Michael Nisi, the developer, wrote a lengthy blog post explaining why he's released it. Unusually, all its code is open on Github. He says: "I’ve open sourced the app, not only to give back to the community, from which I’ve learned so much, but also to improve code quality. The more components are used in other contexts, the better."
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Spotify+Gimlet+Anchor day 3

  • Our informed Anchor purchase price of $50m? We've now heard a few others claiming $25m. Either way, it was significantly smaller than Gimlet; which many found surprising.
  • Spotify is defanging Apple as podcasting's biggest threat, claims Rebel Base Media's Mark Asquith. "Apple is actually the biggest threat to podcasting," he says, attributing this to our Editor - who responds that "risk" might be the better word. Apple controls 85-90% of all podcast consumption through the iTunes API, which everyone uses to populate their own podcast apps (and, indeed, Podnews's podcast pages). Were they to remove this API tomorrow, that would be a significant business risk to all within the podcasting ecosystem.
  • Stratechery applies some deep analysis to Spotify's purchase of Gimlet and Anchor earlier this week; an interesting and informed read by someone outside the podcast business.
  • Kris Lawson, an Australian podcast producer, says that there are huge benefits for podcasters from the deal.
  • Recode carry a long, audio interview with Alex Blumberg and Matt Lieber, and a transcription, on why they sold to Spotify.
  • Dave Lee of the BBC posts about the potential for targeted podcast ads with the Spotify deal.
  • The Verge gives ways Spotify could be a better podcast app.


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