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Google wants to make Google Podcasts easier. The company is working on "simplifying the process" for being listed in Google Podcasts, says Zack Reneau-Wedeen. Meanwhile, Google Podcasts has quietly added a "trim silences" feature: you'll find it under the playback speed settings.
Google Podcasts "will be launching a feature to help podcasters monetize their work", according to a report of Google's Luis Collado's talk at JPOD18 in Spain recently (audio). There's an interview with him in the NotiPod Hoy podcast. (Does this relate to the "donate" button? Or something else? Spanish speakers welcome!)
SoundCloud's ads will be sold in the US by Pandora, the company's announced.
Italy: the Festival del Podcasting is on October 20 in Milan. It's being sponsored by ForTune, an app that offers "the best audio content customized to your interests in a single stream created for you".
What's the category in Apple Podcasts with the most titles? Comedy? News? Nope. Dan Misener posts about the most crowded categories in Apple Podcasts, to help you choose the right category (and secondary category) for your podcast. #data
South African podcast research reported in BizCommunity says that 16m South Africans listen to podcasts (29% of the population), and that it's the fastest-growing media in the country.
Podfest Expo (March 7-9, Orlando FL, USA) has opened its speaker submission form.
Coleman Insights are a radio research company, but they're also doing some work on podcasting. In an interview, Warren Kurtzman discusses good content practices for podcasts, and notes:
The Serial podcast was the big hit, but 4 out of 5 Americans didn't know about it, we in the media think Serial is a big deal but the vast majority of Americans have never heard of it.
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Why bother with podcasting when you can just Facebook live? Paul Colligan checks the stats: average consumption for podcasting is much, much better.
In Los Angeles, NewFronts West contained announcements from the Los Angeles Times and Gallery Media Group about new podcasts.
Podtrac have announced their top (US) podcast publishers for September 2018. The listing for "This American Life/Serial" is up from 19.3m to 37m global downloads: this would indicate that Serial, which launched on Sept 20, is responsible for around 17m global downloads, or approximately 1.7m a day.
The Third Coast International Audio Festival have posted the winners of their awards.
One of the more talked-about podcasts who recorded at Podcast Movement, WhiskyCast, has announced a partnership with premium Irish Whiskey brand Writers’ Tears – Copper Pot. The company will sponsor a section of the podcast for the next year.
Planet Broadcasting, Australia's largest independent podcast network, has signed with Triton Digital to deliver and monetise their podcast content.
A sci-fi audio drama, Tides, is currently raising money for a second series through Indiegogo.
The Ear Training Guide for Audio Producers is a very helpful article from NPR on spotting and correcting bad audio.
Some data from Nigerian podcast fans. Friday is the most popular day for listening; two-thirds listen to podcasts at home.
Six of the top seven publishers of podcasts by streams and downloads are radio companies ... the only exception is a newspaper company founded in 1851
Both an overall chart and a chart of ‘breaking podcasts’ would probably both be of interest to a wider community of listeners. If we posit that the purpose of the chart is in part to aid discovery of new podcasts, then we need to consider both bigger and newer podcasts.
Thank you to DAX , the digital audio exchange, for your kind support.
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The "screwy and seemingly scammy" state of the Apple Podcast Charts is the subject of much of the latest issue of HotPod; meanwhile an Apple website claims that Apple is aware, but offers little proof. Our Editor's piece yesterday has resulted in a number of private emails from podcasters disillusioned and demotivated by the cheating.
Canadian true crime podcast Dark Poutine is now part of Corus-owned CuriousCast. Dark Poutine claims it is approaching a million downloads in less than a year; the network also signed Nighttime last month.
Spanish language podcast host iVoox has launched iVoox Plus, a monetization platform.
Nominations for the Discover Pod Awards are open from now 'till October 26th.
Mexico's podcast scene is covered by Adonde Media.
AdExchange writes Behind Pandora’s Big Bet On Podcasts, covering the US music service who've been working on a "Podcast Genome Project" for some time. Not much yet to announce.
What makes a good podcast name? Keep it obvious but add some quirk, suggests Tanner Campbell.
After Apple last week asked for podcasts to be at -16 LUFS for loudness, we've written a small FAQ about loudness, LKFS and LUFS. We'd welcome feedback.
Triton Digital have been signed by Canadian media company Quebecor Media Group to power its digital audio and podcast strategy.
Tip: We've observed that Google Podcasts doesn't like it if you put a different RSS feed in your website to the one you give to iTunes: even the
https bit at the front might need to be identical. We've updated our guide on How To Get Into Google Podcasts accordingly. A number of podcast hosts are linking to
http versions of RSS feeds on websites while giving Apple iTunes
https versions; and these are not being correctly indexed within Google Podcasts; we've found many examples of Google using the iTunes listing instead of the website as a result.
There are millions and millions of people who don’t listen to podcasts because they haven’t found one they like yet.
"Google's only commercial motivation in promoting podcasting is that it can add headphone data to its vast oceans of user data"
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The question is whether we can get a truly global replacement for the Apple Podcast Chart — one less susceptible to being cheated, one more representative of the industry as a whole, and one that is just as accessible for passion podcasters as for VC-backed podcast publishers.
Spotify has announced Sound Up Bootcamp Australia, for aspiring podcasters who identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islanders to take part in a four-day residential podcasting workshop to be held in Sydney on November 26-29. Sound Up Bootcamp US received over 18,000 applications.
Midroll has released the newest version of the company's listener survey. 81% of their listeners pay attention to podcast ads; 72% of people who've listened to podcasts for more than four years have bought from advertisers. There's lots more data.
Anchor has a new Head of Content Partnerships: Armand Wilson.
PodcastWebsites have a new Head of Marketing: Jessica Kupferman.
Acast podcasts are now available for distribution on Spotify, the company has announced. We understand that Acast ads will benefit from "passthrough", so Acast can still use dynamic ads in their content, rather than Spotify caching all their audio.
Your Museum Needs a Podcast is a book from Hannah Hethmon that claims it's "A Step-By-Step Guide to Podcasting on a Budget for Museums, History Organizations, and Cultural Nonprofits". At the time of writing, the book is free on Kindle.
Memo to folks in radio: this sort of thing won't win you any friends. ?
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The Podcast Consumer Canada 2018 report has been released by Edison Research and Triton Digital. 19% of adults are Weekly Podcast Listeners and 28% are Monthly Podcast Listeners.
RadioPublic has launched tipping. "Now, fans can tip you for any amount up to $100, right in the app, and it goes directly into your bank account."
NOVA Entertainment in Australia released this Podcasting Intelligence Report with Acast last month: plenty of useful data around podcasting for marketers.
Facebook has launched Premieres, "a new interactive video format that lets publishers and creators release a pre-recorded video as a live moment".
The forthcoming BBC Sounds app, which will be the BBC's podcast and radio app within the UK, will have specific mixes and playlists, according to a job ad.
Thinking of the curtains - the former Queensland Premier Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen once said that daylight savings time will make curtains and carpets fade and will confuse the cows. We're based in Queensland, Australia, so Podnews always publishes at 1100 GMT. If you have daylight savings time in your country, state, province, Bundesland or prefecture, expect Podnews at a slightly different time.
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Google is working with PRX to lead its Google Podcasts creator program. The program "hopes to remove barriers to podcasting, increase the diversity of voices in the industry, and to make sure content is available for all audiences." You can apply for the first round until November 18.
Podcasts have been disappearing from Apple Podcasts - kind of. Many publishers are reporting that iTunes, and the Apple Podcasts app, showed no episodes at all for certain podcasts. Subscribers continued getting the episodes, though - with Apple, when you subscribe to a podcast, your app pulls the RSS feed directly from the publisher rather than Apple's copy. Libsyn report that Apple has fixed it.
ABC Australia have announced the results of their AU$1m (US$700,000) podcast fund. The program attracted 1,273 submissions.
Casting Call, a project from Squarespace and Gimlet which we reported on in May, posted their winner yesterday in a live show. The winner was Anna Ladd, who wrote An Exciting Business Opportunity - testing out MLM products and the people who sell them.
Podcastr, a new Wordpress theme from Sonaar has been launched. It offers an audio player with continuous playback and live visualizer, and it will automatically generate RSS feeds to distribute podcasts to all major platforms.
AdsWizz post about new audio advertising formats, including "shakeme", "second screen", weather targeting and location-based targeting.
Anchor has unveiled a new tool to help with podcasting: this time, the company have launched a cover art creator, working with Unplash.
Podcastfestival, the first podcast festival in the Netherlands, was held at the end of last week. All the sessions were recorded, and if you speak Dutch, you'll find them on the Podcastfestival 2018 podcast feed. Lekker!
Cabana have announced their podcast stats are now calculated using the IAB v2.0 standard.
Your help - are you aware of any devices or apps that do not successfully decode AAC files? We're working on an article about AAC, and we're curious if you know of any. (Want one to test? Have this AAC-LC 32kbps/22.05kHz file.) We're trying to answer the question: why shouldn't you switch to AAC tomorrow?
Your help 2 - Going on an aeroplane this weekend? Do us a favour, and photograph the podcast section on the in-flight entertainment. We're collecting some images.
7 innovative ways to monetise your podcast (Forbes blogger)
Thank you to this week's new subscribers, including excellent folk from Southern Cross Austereo, Ted, NPR, Deezer, Anchor, Bauer Media Sweden, 3FM in the Netherlands, the BBC, Axel Springer and the Huffington Post.
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Entale, an iOS podcast app, is out of beta. The app "adds pictures, maps, links, quotes and chapters to your favourite shows for a rich, interactive experience." It launches with a special version of MS-sponsored I'm Absolutely Fine by The Midult, which Entale are also hosting.
Chartable, which shows chart history for your podcasts, is now showing charts across all countries (we're killing it in Sweden!) For a sneak preview, search for your podcast at Podnews and press the button for chart data.
Westwood One posts on MediaVillage saying Podcasting Delivers a Highly Engaged, Youthful, Diverse Audience. The article highlights US market data points.
The Sydney Morning Herald covers OzPod 2018, October 17 in Melbourne VIC, Australia. Podnews's Editor, James Cridland, is one of the first speakers of the day.
Libsyn has a new status page for its customers, showing whether there are any outages on the service.
Atlanta GA, USA has a new podcasting studio and community hub called FRQNCY, reports the excellently-titled Hypepotamus website.
Evo Terra is on The Word From Mouth this week, talking about how podcasting can grow and prosper.
El Espectador reports that mentions of "podcast" on Twitter have exceeded 24 million so far this year: already 40% more than the whole of 2017.
Apple Podcasts was updated, slightly, in iOS 12. Lifehacker report how to find chapters and customise skip times.
Our podcast pages now include beta links to Spotify in most cases. We're using an undocumented selector in Spotify's Web API; and we think we can improve its accuracy with a little more work.
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SoundCloud, a popular podcast and music host, has renewed its exclusive advertising deal with DAX in the UK.
Nico Vetesse, a composer, has written a guide to how to use music in your podcast. "Learning where the music should take the focus, and where it sits in the background (or not at all) will send you greatly on your way".
The Jordan Harbinger Show has just hit episode 100, and we hear that they got 4.7m downloads last month. Congratulations to them!
Ashley Graham, a "supermodel, style icon and barrier-breaking body activist", has launched a new podcast called Pretty Big Deal. Her first guest is Kim Kardashian West, who we reported discovered podcasts earlier this year.
Activate World, a business thinktank, is launching a set of podcasts on business activism.
Spotify, the second-largest podcast platform in the world, has today released a dedicated podcasters portal. The website now lets you instantly add your podcast, even if you're not with a partner host; and promises audience consumption data including gender, age and location. Unlike Apple Podcasts, there is no editorial approval process.
Spotify/1.0as a user-agent; and comes and grabs all older episodes as soon as you submit. Spotify's systems also appear to check your RSS feed as often as your TTL figure says so. If you're already listed in Spotify, you should continue using your host to get statistics, and you cannot use this new portal.
Apple Podcasts last week suggested that podcasters use AAC rather than MP3. The makers of the Castro podcast app crunched the numbers: only 11.8% of all episodes released in the past ten days are AAC; 86.5% were MP3. (We would recommend sticking with MP3.)
Edison Research unveiled some data about in-car audio. Podcasting appeared not to be in the list, so we checked - it's part of the "other" category, at less than 4% of all audio listened-to in the car . Larry Rosin, who presented the data, told us:
"For most people, listening to a podcast in the car is just more trouble than it’s worth. The radio that is baked into the car is easy to use, comes with a life time of habituation, and provides great (or good enough) content for the overwhelming majority of people. Blend that with the fact that most individual rides are not that long, and bothering with a podcast (or audiobook) is just not worth it for most people."
Ofcom, the UK media regulator, released data showing UK podcast listening is "booming". "The number of weekly podcast listeners has almost doubled in five years – from 3.2 million in 2013 to 5.9m in 2018" - 11% of UK adults are listening to podcasts. While not entirely comparable, Edison Research data claims that figure is 17% in the US.
Data from the Indian podcast market - Aman Goklani from Audioboom shared consumption data, including that 77 per cent of the listeners in India are consuming podcasts on mobile phones. You can watch his full speech here.
Gimlet Media have unveiled their Q3 2018 lineup. It includes a horror show, and Alex Blumberg has a new interview show.
The Australian ABC is announcing tomorrow the outcome of their AU$1m podcast fund, which was announced last year.
The Podcast Brunch Club's playlist for October is all about the sharing economy.
Adam Curry doesn't like CJR's assertion that the podcast bubble has burst.
PANIC: Amazon has started making its own mattresses.
Thank you to Veritone One for your kind support.
Welcome to our new subscribers last week, including excellent folk from Acast, Simplecast, MDR, Pocketcasts, Westwood One, the BBC, Audioboom, Bauer Media, Prisa Media and Communicorp UK.
Google has finally switched on Chromecast functionality in Google Podcasts, so listeners can enjoy podcasts on their TVs and connected speakers. (This was one of the items in How Google Podcasts could grow faster, an opinion piece from Podnews's editor).
International Podcast Day was yesterday. Included in the day, the winners of the Podcast Awards 2018 were announced. There's a full list of the winners and nominations on their website, with subscribe links to all major platforms.
Spotify now appears to be supporting podcasts in Android Auto a little better than they used to - there's now a skip-forward button in the display for podcasts, rather than just "skip track". It's still impossible to select a podcast to listen to in Spotify's Android Auto interface.
22+ Podcasters Share Their Best Strategies for Getting ROI from a Podcast Show - the way to earn money isn't, according to these, to fill a podcast full of ads.
Radio and podcast consultant Valerie Geller spoke at Next Radio 2018: there are no boring stories, only boring storytellers. You can watch the full video, free, here.
"Google’s app offers no less than 16 speeds. My f-ing bike only has five!"
"If the average podcast listener only listens to about 7 in a week, with so many titles and millions of episodes to choose from, consider the odds"
"No matter how great (European podcast producers) work is, it would always be lumped into an otherized-category of “international” by the podcast makers who were defining the industry — from America."
A few little updates to Podnews: we've fiddled with our articles page to group things together better. Our podcast pages now show whether podcasts are using MP3 or AAC; our link button builder tool also contains a listen page builder for your website, for social media links. We've also permanently removed our Google AdSense code which was on some pages - we plan to spend the AU$1.76 we earned last month on most of a chocolate bar. Cheers, Google!
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