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The Obamas head to Audible

The former first couple have signed a multi-year, first-look deal with Amazon’s Audible after parting ways with Spotify. Well, now we know where...

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Spotify will reduce hiring by 25 percent

Last week, the company touted growth at its investor presentation. But CFO Paul Vogel hinted that economic conditions could force Spotify to...

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How do you solve a problem like content moderation?

The advisory group will help the company devise policies to prevent and remove dangerous content as more creators flock to the platform. I hope...

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Spotify comes for audiobooks

With the acquisition of Findaway, Spotify plans to make audiobooks the third pillar of its business. CEO Daniel Ek says it could be a $70 billion...

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Why every new TV show has a podcast

Studios like HBO, Apple, and Netflix are making podcasts that listeners love to consume. They don’t make a dime in ad revenue, but they help drive...

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Massive podcast outage caused by Spotify’s failure to renew security certificate

Many top shows were unavailable for eight hours late Monday and early Tuesday because Spotify failed to renew Megaphone’s security certificate....

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Conan O’Brien makes a $150 million podcast deal

SiriusXM has acquired Team Coco for a reported $150 million. Meanwhile, Acast locks down ad sales for WTF with Marc Maron, and Spotify starts selling...

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Reply All co-hosts Alex Goldman and Emmanuel Dzotsi to leave show

Goldman and Dzotsi’s announcement is the latest blow for the embattled eight-year-old show, which was once the jewel in Gimlet’s crown. Reply All...

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Apple helps you download fewer podcasts

Thanks to a new software update for iPhones, iPads, and Macs, Apple Podcast listeners can now control how many episodes are downloaded in the app for...

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Apple is making it easier to distribute subscription podcasts

Creators on podcast distribution platforms like Acast and Libsyn will soon be able to automatically upload their premium shows onto the Apple...

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The iPod is dead, but the podcast lives on

Apple may have at long last discontinued the iPod, but the "pod" lives on. The iPod played a crucial role in the development of digital...

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Bill Simmons gets a big Spotify promotion

After three top executives departed the company, Spotify announced a major reorganization of its podcast business, which included promotions for...

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Podcasting will be a $4 billion industry by 2024

It’s the boom times for audio. A new IAB report projects that the industry will generate $2 billion in revenue this year and $4 billion by 2024....

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SoundCloud buys AI that claims to predict hit songs

The acquisition of Musiio, announced Tuesday, is meant to help SoundCloud sort through its immense library of amateur music and will "become...

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Anchor made Spotify the creator platform it is today

Anchor co-founder Michael Mignano will depart Spotify this summer, the company confirmed. He had an undeniable impact on the creator platform it’s...

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Anchor co-founder Michael Mignano to leave Spotify

Mignano became Spotify’s podcast tech czar in 2019 when the streamer bought Anchor for $150 million. Spotify confirmed Mignano will leave the...

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Joe Rogan says he got a subscriber bump from all the controversy

Joe Rogan says he gained 2 million subscribers during the height of controversies around him after Neil Young pulled his music from Spotify. Well hi,...

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Luminary gets into the exclusive album game

Luminary will have an exclusive on the new Black Star album from Yasiin Bey and Talib Kweli. Plus, Apple Podcasts now shows more data about your...

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Substack makes a pitch for your podcasts

Substack signs up new podcasters to its newsletter platform, Eminem gets time from Spotify CEO Daniel Ek, and the Parcast Union threatens to strike...

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Spotify tests a podcast discovery feed

Hot Pod looks at Spotify pulling out of Russia, Spotify testing a podcast discovery feed based on its acquisition of Podz, and how podcasts have...

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How news podcasts quickly popped up to cover Ukraine

NPR, BBC, CNN, The Telegraph, and other news outlets quickly launched podcasts or pivoted existing shows to cover Putin’s invasion of Ukraine....

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What happened at Stitcher

How Radiolab produced an episode with options in ASL and Braille; another training program from PRX and Google; and new Apple Podcasts features I...

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How SiriusXM bought and bungled a beloved podcast network

SiriusXM bought Stitcher and Earwolf in 2020 for $325 million to break into podcasting. In the time since, the networks have lost shows and talent...

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Virtual podcast events are bringing in six-figure earnings

Moment House, a live virtual events platform, has been hosting podcast events delivering six-figure earnings. And Headgum has launched Gumball, a new...

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Luminary’s CEO says the subscription podcast model ‘is working’

Luminary’s new CEO, Rishi Malhotra, talks about the subscription podcast app’s plans for what’s next, including new shows and more work with...

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Our biggest takeaways from Hot Pod Summit 2022

A little Hot Pod Summit for everyone Last week, we held Hot Pod Summit 2022, our invite-only event about the future of the podcast industry. It was a...

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Spotify wants to beat YouTube at audio

Spotify acquired Podsights and Chartable, giving it technology to better measure and track listener behavior. In Hot Pod Insider, Ashley Carman...

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Spotify is acquiring two major podcast tech platforms

Spotify is acquiring Chartable and Podsights, two major podcast marketing platforms. Podsights is an advertising measurement service, and Chartable...

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