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Beyoncé edits two songs on Renaissance after social backlash

The album hasn’t even been out a week, but Beyoncé responded to requests to change an ableist slur in "Heated" and remove an...

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Will TikTok Music be the next big podcast platform?

ByteDance filed an application with the US Patent and Trademark Office for "TikTok Music" in May. In addition to music and videos, the...

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MrBallen is YouTube’s big podcast breakout

True crime YouTuber John Allen has become a podcasting sensation, and he is poised to get even bigger. In each episode of MrBallen, series host John...

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Spotify paid $123 million for Findaway, the bedrock of its audiobook ambitions

Spotify has disclosed how much it paid for Findaway, the audiobook platform it announced it was acquiring in November 2021. The news came as part of...

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Spotify amps up fiction podcast effort with new leader of scripted content

On the heels of Spotify’s blockbuster audio drama Batman Unburied, the company is promoting Gimlet executive Mimi O’Donnell to head of scripted...

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Fired cable news hosts Cuomo and Olbermann plot podcast comebacks

Chris Cuomo and Keith Olbermann both announced new podcasts this week that could put them back in the limelight. I hope you all had a good weekend....

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Facebook will give you ad revenue for putting Post Malone’s music in your videos

Creators can now monetize videos that draw from the platform’s bank of licensed songs Meta launched a new feature on Monday that allows creators to...

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Warner Music adopts SoundCloud’s user-centric revenue model

The deal will make it so that WMG artists earn money based on their own streams, making them the first major label to embrace the model. Spotify and...

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How Desus and Mero brought podcast quirkiness to late-night comedy

Desus and Mero, otherwise known as Daniel Baker and Joel Martinez, respectively, are arguably the biggest podcast-to-Hollywood crossovers in the...

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Desus and Mero are over

"Bodega Boys" was one of podcasting’s biggest success stories. Now hosts Desus Nice and The Kid Mero are going their separate ways. Duo...

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Spotify is getting deeper into video

The audio streamer is making moves — it has acquired music trivia game Heardle, signed hit Australian podcast Toni and Ryan, and expanded video...

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Spotify acquires music trivia game Heardle

Spotify acquired Heardle, the Wordle-inspired music guessing game. Spotify says the game has millions of users and will become a music discovery...

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Lewis Black sues Pandora for $10 million over copyright infringement

Lewis Black is the latest star comedian to pursue legal action against Pandora over an alleged failure to obtain the copyright to his written work....

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Crosby, Stills & Nash return to Spotify after Joe Rogan protest

Crosby, Stills & Nash returned their music to Spotify after pulling it in solidarity with Neil Young to protest Joe Rogan’s spread of COVID-19...

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Podcasters are organizing to support abortion rights after Roe is overturned

The campaign has podcasters place pre-roll spots advocating for abortion rights and provide resources on abortion access. I hope you all had a good...

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Spotify secretly launched a show with this controversial duo — it’s already a hit

Jackie and Claudia Oshry have delivered their sizable audience to Spotify with "Breaking Bread" on Spotify Live. The show received no...

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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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