James Cridland's PodNews: Your Friday, July 19 Briefing

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Friday, July 19.2024

๐Ÿ‘‰A major outage has affected Windows computer systems, starting at about 1am ET. Companies using CrowdStrike Falcon, a piece of software designed to prevent network attacks, discovered that their computers had shut down and were unable to reboot. This forced broadcasters, banks, supermarkets and airlines to shut down. Australia was worst hit, where the issue started at 3pm AEST.While it is unlikely to affect podcast hosting (which generally use Linux servers), it is likely to significantly affect staff like customer support teams, sales processes and other back-end systems. Fixing the issue needs manual work, likely requiring IT team members to have physical access to computers.

๐Ÿ‘‰“Using AI to read a personal endorsement—unless done for accessibility purposes—is both disingenuous and unethical.” So says ADOPTER Media, which has announced clear limits on the use of AI voice-cloning for host-read ads.

๐Ÿ‘‰Tink Media is five years old today. The growth and discovery company is celebrating with a free webinar - How to make podcast friends - and a discount on the popular Podcast Therapy consultancy sessions.

๐Ÿ‘‰Podcast Movement has announced that Gabriel Soto from Edison Research will keynote, investigating the world of true crime podcasts with audiochuck. A number of other speakers have also been announced. (Our Editor will, of course, be there too!) Prices go up shortly - use code PODNEWS to save.

๐Ÿ‘‰Christmas time is here again - at least, according to SiriusXM Media, which has released The Advertiser’s Guide to the Holidays, with everything you need to implement a successful audio campaign this season.

๐Ÿ‘‰Dan Carlin is interviewed by Reason. He tells the magazine that he doesn’t want to know much about his audience. “I feel like their privacy is valuable to them like mine is to me, and what the podcasting services give us is enough.”

๐Ÿ‘‰There's More To Read:   HERE

Thursday, July 18, 2024

๐Ÿ‘‰Exclusive: Do keyword-based brand suitability tools mean news podcasts aren’t getting the ad revenue they deserve? Writing for Podnews today, Seekr’s Pat LaCroix shares ten popular news podcasts which are flagged by blunt keyword-based tools as being a risk to advertisers - yet gain high ‘civility’ scores. There’s more at Oxford Road’s annual CAO Summit today.

๐Ÿ‘‰Blubrry is teasing the release of an AI clip generator, which will produce video clip highlights of podcasts. It’ll be part of the company’s Podcast AI Assistant feature.

๐Ÿ‘‰Podfest has announced a “substantial strategic investment” from two partners. Nick Pavlidis joins as CEO, and Dr. Glenn Vo will work on sponsorships and strategic relationships. Chris Krimitsos will remain with the team, focusing on marketing and community building.

๐Ÿ‘‰Did Apple train its AI on your YouTube videos? That’s a suggestion made by Proof and WIRED today. Nvidia, Salesforce, Bloomberg, Anthropic and Databricks also helped themselves to the data, suggests the story.

๐Ÿ‘‰What is an IAB Certified Download? Bumper’s Stephen Hallgren says “a lot of industry professionals who should know, don’t” - and, that the word “download” (and, indeed, “listener”) don’t really describe what they represent.

๐Ÿ‘‰Audacity, an audio editor, has released v3.6. It includes new effects and a master channel, to allow effects to be applied to the full mix.

๐Ÿ‘‰There's More To Read:  HERE

Wednesday, July 17, 2024

๐Ÿ‘‰Ashley Carman’s scoop almost a month ago was correct - Office Ladies has moved from SiriusXM to Audacy in a deal which also covers The Lazy Genius Podcast. Terms weren’t given; the show launched in Oct 2019, and is a top 25 podcast in the US.

๐Ÿ‘‰Podcards, a podcast growth tool, has launched. The tool helps creators promote their shows, with campaign-level data showing how many people subscribed. Here’s our Podcard; it’s free to get started.

๐Ÿ‘‰As we mentioned on Jan 11, Overcast released a new, rewritten, version of the popular podcast app. Developer Marco Arment says it’ll be easier to add new features and iterate faster. The latest episode of the Accidental Tech Podcast dives into the detail. He also adds: “Try to get used to it for like a few days before you yell at me too much, please.” (We like it).

๐Ÿ‘‰Triton Digital released the Australian Podcast Ranker for June. Total downloads are down 6.2% month-on-month, and there were 16% fewer episodes published. There were 13% fewer weekdays in the month, though, thanks to the way calendars work.The ABC claims more shows in the top 200 than anyone else, while LiSTNR is the #1 sales network and iHeart is the #1 podcast publisher by listeners. The ranker measures participating publishers only.

๐Ÿ‘‰YouTube is looking for people to participate in a research study about podcasters who are “involved in creating the visuals of a podcast (i.e. waveforms, images, video shown in a video podcast).“

๐Ÿ‘‰The ADWEEK Audio Awards winners were announced, though they’re behind a paywall, so who knows who won. Lava for Good won Podcast Network of the Year.

๐Ÿ‘‰ARN’s iHeart and BlakCast has announced the winner of their Find and Tell podcast series. Ben Haywood’s story focuses on the question of indigenous languages heading towards extinction.

๐Ÿ‘‰There's More To Read:  HERE

Tuesday, July 16, 2024

๐Ÿ‘‰The deadline for the Women in Podcasting Awards is fast-approaching; you’ve until Jul 31 to submit your entries. The awards are run by the Women in Podcasting Network, to honor the creativity and dedication of women podcasters. Podnews is a media partner.

๐Ÿ‘‰Adobe Podcast Studio (Beta) is now available for everyone to try. The tool, like Descript and Eddy, lets you record, edit and enhance audio right in your browser. It was in limited beta in March.

๐Ÿ‘‰Captivate is doing a live unveiling of Captivate 2.5, the company’s new dashboard and some new features, on a live stream at 4pm UK time (11am ET). Captivate’s Mark Asquith, co-founder and Managing Director, Garry Aylott, Head of Design, and Danny Brown, Head of Podcaster Experience will all be speaking.

๐Ÿ‘‰Is there a podcast app yet for the Apple Vision Pro, (apart from Apple Podcasts, of course)? Radioplayer, a radio app, has launched a Vision Pro app in the UK, France, Germany and Canada.

๐Ÿ‘‰In the UK, the new Labour government has committed to the BBC licence fee. This is the main funding source of the BBC’s output; the commitment may make it harder for the BBC to justify its plan for advertising inside its podcasts in the UK.

๐Ÿ‘‰Acast has partnered with the Pionaire Network. Acast will be responsible for ad sales, including the top ranking and award-winning comedy podcast The Bert Show.

๐Ÿ‘‰PodcastOne has announced a multi-year deal with comedian and actor Chris Kattan, for Idiotically Speaking with Chris Kattan, a podcast launching on Jul 24.

๐Ÿ‘‰SoundStack and Barometer have partnered to provide SoundStack customers with curated collections of targeted shows for purchase.

๐Ÿ‘‰There's More To Read:  HERE

Monday, July 15, 2024

๐Ÿ‘‰Dave Jackson has left Libsyn. One of the most respected podcast consultants and trainers, Dave had worked with the Libsyn team for eight years. But it’s him, not them. “There is nothing wrong with Libsyn”, he said, adding “when you hear where I’m going you’ll see it’s simply a better fit for my educational skillset”. We get to find out where on Jul 29 - in, of course, the School of Podcasting podcast.

๐Ÿ‘‰Podcasting Made Simple Live is on Thursday from PodMatch - 13 virtual sessions including Q&A and a number of different speakers, including Alex Sanfilippo, the Buzzsprout team and Joe Casabona. The event is normally $97, but Podnews readers get in free.

๐Ÿ‘‰Exclusive: Rhapsody Voices is to launch two new shows this week from established creators: one from Rabia Chaudry and another from YouTuber Geography by Geoff

๐Ÿ‘‰True Native Media has announced it is to represent SpectreVision’s new podcast network.

๐Ÿ‘‰ElevenLabs has launched a voice isolator. The demo features a man with a leaf blower.

๐Ÿ‘‰There's More To Read;  HERE

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