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πŸ‘‰Podcast Movement begins today, in Nashville TN, USA. We can expect many different product launches, and keynotes from Edison Research’s Tom Webster and the founders of Fireside Chat.
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  • “Hey, (Google/Siri/Alexa) - play the latest news from Podnews podcasting news” works in your hotel room.

πŸ‘‰Acast suggests it’s the #3 podcast network in the US in a blog from COO Oskar Serrander. The company has paid $110m to creators so far, he says. He signs off by saying “Hooo-aahhhh-ting”, which… wait, that’s a quote from us.

πŸ‘‰Cloud recording studio Squadcast announced v4.5 at Podcast Movement. The new release includes Dolby․io noise cancellation, one-click audio mastering, and Zapier integrations, as well as a number of additional features.

πŸ‘‰The Audry podcast community website has partnered with production company Benztown to offer tutorials and a special-priced audio production starter kit.

πŸ‘‰Podcast host RSS Podcasting has added a custom embedded player; and full support for chapters and soundbites using the Podcast Namespace. Here’s a peek

πŸ‘‰Quake Media, a subscription podcast company launched in October with $2.5m of seed funding, has raised an additional $3.5m. The company sells its podcasts for $2.99/month using its own app.

πŸ‘‰WBUR is to present at the IAB’s Podcast Upfront in September. The IAB will also release its first-ever Audio Landscape report on September 9, with insights into consumption trends and ad spend patterns.

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πŸ‘‰The former hosts of The Nod, who last year wanted Spotify to “hand over their podcast”, have signed with SiriusXM to relaunch their Black culture show For Colored Nerds. Brittany Luse and Eric Eddings were interviewed by The Verge about their battle for ownership of intellectual property.
SiriusXM has also signed former NFL players Tom Brady and Larry Fitzgerald for radio and podcasts; and plans to raise $1.95bn, it says in an incomprehensible press release.

πŸ‘‰Yesterday, Podnews reported at least 1,000 paid shows in Apple Podcasts. Overnight, the Podcast Index reports that there are also now just over 1,000 value4value-enabled podcasts earning Bitcoin, too.

πŸ‘‰Launching today at Podcast Movement is a new social voice messaging service, PodInbox. “PodInbox wants to destroy that old technology we call voicemail”, the company says. There’s a special deal for attendees.

πŸ‘‰Podcastpage, which offers a full website for your podcast, has added a voicemail feature and automatic import of podcast reviews from both Apple Podcasts and Podchaser.

πŸ‘‰LiveXLive and PodcastOne have launched Self Made Podcast Edition, an audio competition to “find the next big podcast star”. The winner gets a podcasting contract with PodcastOne, and a total package worth over $100,000. It’s “open to amateur podcasters only”.

πŸ‘‰Media Monitors has launched a Podcast Monitoring Service, allowing users the ability to identify advertisers in popular podcasts.

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πŸ‘‰There are now at least 1,000 paid shows in Apple Podcasts, we can reveal today, just six weeks after the feature was publicly launched. We’ve discovered more than 500 different channels in Apple Podcasts; and more than 30% of those channels are paid-for. We list them here.

πŸ‘‰Meanwhile, Fountain is new on the Apple App Store - a new podcast player that allows you to share podcast clips and also optionally support your favourite podcasts with Bitcoin, using value4value. An Android app comes shortly. (Here’s how to earn Bitcoin from your podcast).

πŸ‘‰An automatic levelling and normalising tool, loudness․fm is available in beta. It’s free, and does all the magic work in your browser - normalising the audio to the standard -16 LUFS. Works with Chrome. Here’s more info.

πŸ‘‰Available On is a new universal links service for podcasts. We’ve added it to our page on how to get universal links to your podcast for everyone - though read the Tech Stuff today for something new.

πŸ‘‰Many podcasters are converging on Nashville for Podcast Movement. So far, organiser Jared Easley has met someone with a Podcast Movement tattoo on their arm. We can’t join you this year, but please snag a t-shirt for us.

πŸ‘‰Fireside Chat, which launches properly this week, is already asking its own users to invest, says The Verge, which also says that the company will announce a partnership with podcast host Libsyn this week. Last week, we looked at Fireside’s terms and conditions; we’ve chatted with the company, but have yet to receive a statement. (That terms and conditions page also includes a look at the t&cs from Libsyn).

πŸ‘‰The BBC has released stats for their podcasts and BBC Sounds for Q2/21. Total podcast downloads have dropped slightly from 265m to 257m. That places the BBC behind iHeartRadio and NPR, but just ahead of the New York Times’s Podtrac data.

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πŸ‘‰Apple has confirmed a download bug has been fixed in iOS 14.7. This meant downloads from Apple Podcasts were down 20% in June and much of July. Since Apple accounts for almost half of all podcast downloads, it had a big effect on the industry - one analyst criticised Spotify, causing its stock to drop by $2.5bn: because of lower Podtrac figures caused by Apple’s bug.

πŸ‘‰Daniel Ek doesn’t believe Spotify has any editorial responsibility over what’s said in the Joe Rogan podcast, according to an interview. The show is a Spotify exclusive; Spotify paid the podcaster $100m for his show.

πŸ‘‰Facebook has been showing off more of its plans for podcasting and audio. Ashley Carman tweets videos of Clips, a new podcast discovery service, and apparently automated captioning is coming. The service is unavailable to most podcasters, and entirely absent for the 97% of the world’s population who don’t live in the US.

πŸ‘‰Paula Szuchman has been named Director of Audio at the New York Times.

πŸ‘‰WAMU, the public radio station in Washington DC, is hiring an Executive Producer, Podcasts.

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πŸ‘‰The creator of Lore, Aaron Manke returns with Bridgewater, with a promo set to launch later today. It’s the supernatural story of folklore professor Jeremy Bradshaw, who is pulled into the mysterious 1980 disappearance of his police officer father. The screenplay is written by Lauren Shippen; it’s on iHeartRadio.

πŸ‘‰Spotify’s podcast ad revenue has jumped 627% year-on-year, according to their revenue announcement today: Joe Rogan and Megaphone helping the increase. We learnt that Podz cost the company $53.4m; and Greenroom $67.7m. The company appears to have stopped reporting the number of monthly users who listen to podcasts. They have 365m monthly users; last we heard, 25% of them (91m) listen to podcasts.
  • Spotify stocks did drop, though: they had slower user growth, partly caused by an issue with email verification which perhaps cost the company two million users. (We feel better at our bugs now).

πŸ‘‰First look: Podcast producer Jam Street Media has been acquired by Amaze Media Labs, in a deal announced today. No terms were given. Amaze Media Labs owns a number of podcast networks; Jam Street Media is run by Matty Staudt, a member of the start-up team at Stitcher and iHeartRadio’s first VP of Podcast Programming.

πŸ‘‰First look: Acast has expanded its Acast Creative unit to the US, to work with sellers and production partners to offer new creative solutions. Shantae Howell has been appointed Creative Director of the Americas; she joins from Vox Media.

πŸ‘‰Audioboom has signed a distribution agreement with Samsung Podcasts, the podcast app for Galaxy phones. (You can submit your show there too - find the details here).

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