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US Podcast Ad Revenues grew 19% in 2020

Thu, 2021-05-13 11:06

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CNN Audio plans Apple Podcasts subscriptions

Wed, 2021-05-12 11:57

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  • CNN is to make a new show, The Handoff, as an Apple Podcasts Subscriptions exclusive when the service launches later this month. Hosted by friends and CNN anchors Chris Cuomo and Don Lemon, it will be a longer chat than their usual 'handoff' between shows normally allows for. It's part of "a subscription to the CNN channel" on Apple Podcasts Subscriptions.
  • Listeners are fine hearing ads in their podcasts, says some new research from Cumulus Media and Signal Hill Insights. The data also says Clubhouse over-indexes for podcast users, and the pandemic helped accelerate listening.
  • Acast has released their Q1/21 financial report. The company, which is investigating an IPO, saw sales grow by 74% up to SEK 197m (US$23.6m); it now has 28,000 podcasts as part of its network, and claims 872m listens in the quarter.

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  • On Sounder: Real Sports Heroes explores the importance of today’s black sports star having a voice that goes beyond the court and playing field.
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  • From the HubSpot Podcast Network: Being Boss is an exploration of what it takes to be boss as a creative business owner, entrepreneur, freelancer, or side-hustler.
  • The Piketon Massacre, a true-crime podcast focusing on a mass murder in Pike County OH, USA, returns for a second season. The first season achieved 2.5m downloads per month.
  • US social media personality Addison Rae is back on Spotify with a new season of her podcast, retitled That was fun? Addison and Sheri, her mom, will be joined by a big-name special guest every week.

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Spotify's new social-sharing features

Tue, 2021-05-11 12:20

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Up Next - a podcast up front - goes live

Mon, 2021-05-10 11:36

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  • Above - Apple Podcasts's crawler, which exclusively powers the new Apple Podcasts app, is getting better at visiting our feeds to check for new episodes. Our RSS stats show it's now visiting every 20 minutes, rather than every hour and a half.
  • The Podcasting 2.0 project is working on an alternative to WebSub (which would fix all the above issues): podping․cloud is a distributed alternative that is, say the developers, better suited to podcasting - so that crawlers can be told to come and visit when you publish a new episode. The GitHub repo includes details of how to ping: if you're already using WebSub it's going to be relatively similar code. This PodPing watcher lets you watch in real time. Podnews now pings this service when we publish a new podcast.
  • Is Apple Podcasts's crawler also reporting itself as something else? We're seeing requests from the same IP address calling itself Jakarta Commons-HttpClient/3.1. Bug? (How do we report bugs to Apple?)
  • Something that looks like Audacity, but running in the browser? Waveform Playlist might be for you to build on. Here is the full source code.
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An end to AppleCoreMedia useragents?

Fri, 2021-05-07 09:52

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  • Last month, we wrote a piece about AppleCoreMedia, a user agent that most podcast hosts don't correctly attribute, either falsely increasing or decreasing Apple's share. In a good example of collaboration across podcasting, Omny Studio and Spreaker have worked together to produce this code and testing tool which fixes that for app developers, once and for all. It's open source and available for anyone.
  • The BBC Podcast Festival has just started, run by the BBC Academy, the corporation's training arm. There are sessions throughout May, and it's free to anyone in the world as part of their Production Unlocked series. Sign up here; our Editor is speaking on the final session on May 27.
  • How long can your episode notes be? Preliminary tests seem to show that PocketCasts, Overcast and Spotify deal with at least 10,000 characters; Google Podcasts (Android) truncates after about 5,000 characters; and we gather that Apple Podcasts currently truncates after about 4,000 characters.

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  • In a tweet, Dan Misener suggests there is change on the way with the Apple Podcasts iOS 14.6 app, currently in beta. That will support proper links, and will support content:encoded, according to the current beta anyway.
  • Our soon-to-be award-winning PodClock show on Apple Podcasts seems to load random numbers of episodes every time it's crawled by Apple. We don't understand why; it's a static file. Feel free to take a peek and let us know where we're going wrong.

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  • On Sounder: Understanding Today's Narcissist - What are the 10 steps to grooming someone into believing that they are losing it? What is gaslighting?
  • In The New Media Show, Todd Cochrane suggests that the way Apple Podcasts has dealt with episode notes may have changed from the beta test. And they have jingles now.
  • In Podland, economist Will Page discusses the economic future for podcasting after Apple and Spotify's recent announcements; and Sam Sethi talks to Descript.

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Podcast Day 24 will be in-person in Sydney

Thu, 2021-05-06 11:40

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  • A new audio drama marketplace, Dramafy has put out a call for submissions. A subscription service, it offers content creators a revenue sharing model based on listens. It launches in June.
  • Clubhouse has introduced their Creator First Finalists, shows to be hosted live on Clubhouse.
  • In the US, iHeartMedia has launched its own Private Marketplace, allowing advertisers to buy shows across the iHeartPodcast Network. Using Voxnest, it allows geo-targeting and "psychographic" targeting (only want "intrepid" listeners? Or "conquerors"?) We wonder if it can also target people who've had their first COVID-19 vaccination and are feeling a bit sleept.
  • The makers of Obsessed with… Line of Duty, a chart-topping accompaniment podcast to a popular UK police drama, are speaking at MIC's Podcast Club (a virtual event) on Wednesday May 12. It's free to attend.
  • Apple Podcasts Connect still appears to be unavailable for many users. As one example, Quill point out on Twitter that they've been locked out for two weeks. Apple have no statement and have made no public acknowledgement of any issues. In Podland podcast later today, James Cridland, Podnews's editor, suggests that Apple are still treating podcasting as a fun hobby rather than a $1.4bn global business.
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  • How to be a podcast guest is a good Twitter thread from Corey Haines. "Smile. Use gestures. Treat it as a performance."
  • Buzzsprout's Alban Brooke promised a tip for each like that this tweet got. We suspect he thought it would get about twelve; but so far it's received 350 likes, and contains some great ideas. It would be rude for us to suggest you might like it too.

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  • On Sounder: The Path Here - in this episode, follow Torrie Wilson's humble roots from a small town in Idaho, to a fast life in Los Angeles that took her to a Hall Of Fame career in professional wrestling.
  • In BarCode, expect a fun cybersecurity discussion over a drink. Tony, a virtual bar tender, gives you a recipe for an exception beverage, while professionals in cybersecurity cover new topics. It's hosted by Chris Glanden, a 20 year cybersecurity professional from Delaware.
  • Dr Laura's Call of the Day has reached 100 million downloads, it's been announced; the podcast was launched in 2017, and is taken from her popular SiriusXM radio show.

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Apple Podcasts changes format for episode notes

Wed, 2021-05-05 12:47

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Ricky Gervais to sell subscription to new podcast

Tue, 2021-05-04 11:21

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A quarter of all Brits listen to podcasts every week

Mon, 2021-05-03 10:09

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  • 25% of UK adults listen to podcasts weekly, according to new research for UK media regulator Ofcom. While not directly comparable with data from elsewhere, broadcast analyst Adam Bowie has taken a look at the details.
  • Cleanvoice is a new service promising to automatically remove all those "uhhhh" words from your recordings. It's $3 a shot, but could save quite some time in editing.
  • Apple's Podcasts Connect still isn't allowing new podcasts from some users, with error messages about missing artwork and copyright statements. Podnews lost access to our account again last week (it's since returned, minus any stats). Still, we're doing better than Dirk Primbs, who has been waiting for more than ten days to access his.

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Why Apple Podcasts seems slower to get new episodes

Fri, 2021-04-30 11:19

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  • Exclusive: Examination of internet traffic and Podnews logs reveals that the new iOS 14.5 Apple Podcasts app now works in a very different way than previously; and as a result may now take hours to deliver new episodes to your listeners - even if they are subscribed.

    • 19% of our Apple Podcasts downloads yesterday were from the new iOS 14.5 app.
    • MacRumors reports on what users think of it.
    • Spotify's crawler also broke for a time yesterday, with some new episodes not showing.
  • Spotify's recently-acquired Clubhouse-like service, Locker Room, is to be called Spotify Greenroom, Daniel Ek announced in the For The Record podcast. “The opportunity in live, just from a consumer standpoint, is how can we create really engaging formats to allow these creators to express themselves and connect with their audience. And we've been watching this space from afar just feeling very, very excited about the potential opportunity.”
  • Headliner has integrated with "Megaphone by Spotify".

    • Megaphone has also added a number of new clients including MLB, Girlboss, and many others, they say.

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Anchor and Spotify's Paid Subscriptions

Driven by feedback from readers, we asked Anchor/Spotify some questions about Paid Subscriptions. From that, we've learnt:

  • Paid Subscriptions won't be available at all outside the US at the start - not for creators, but also (surprisingly) not for subscribers either. It'll roll out "in the next few months".
  • We asked whether Anchor/Spotify is likely to share names/email addresses of subscribers. They said: "In order to make this product truly creator-first, it’s crucial to our model that we explore ways for participating creators to connect with their subscribers. This is something we’re working on. You can imagine it may come in the form of existing Future Format features such as Polls and Q&As exclusive to subscribers, or with direct communication from creators to their subscriber base. We don’t have any specific details at this time, but will share more as the program progresses."

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SiriusXM revenue up, Spotify back in profit

Thu, 2021-04-29 11:26

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  • Spotify is back in profit, according to its Q1/21 financial results. It now has 356m monthly users; 2.6m podcasts; but no increase in the percentage of podcast listeners from last quarter (25%, so now 89m listeners monthly). It made €14m profit (US$ 17m).
  • In terms of Spotify's shows: "The Joe Rogan Experience performed above expectations with respect to new user additions and engagement" - the show was exclusive from Dec 1. Renegades: Born in the USA, with Barack Obama and Bruce Springsteen, is their #2 show.
  • Facebook's in-app podcast player has appeared to have rolled-out. Open this in the Facebook app to see it; it seems that Android users only get to hear 30 seconds of the podcast, while Apple users get a consent window to hear it all.

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  • Q1/21 revenue is 5% up at SiriusXM, which owns AdsWizz, Simplecast, Stitcher and 99% Invisible. Revenue was boosted by Stitcher and AdsWizz revenue. Pandora has lost 8% of its monthly users over the past year, though.

"I'm not optimistic that consumers are going to want to have a lot of micro audio subscriptions." - Jennifer Witz, SiriusXM CEO, in SiriusXM's earnings call

  • Apple Podcasts has emailed users of iTunes Site Manager (an enterprise version of the old iTunes Podcasts Connect), to let them know they will be migrated over to the new Apple Podcasts Connect by the end of May.

    • We believe that Anchor uses this tool to automatically add shows into Apple Podcasts without content approval (an arrangement both companies deny), so this special access, too, may cease at the end of May.
  • The Apple Podcasts Connect service is still down for many people. Ominously, the set-up message, which used to say "this could take up to two hours", now says "this could take up to a day". The comments to this tweet aren't great.

  • iOS 14.5 rolled out earlier this week, containing a lot of changes to the Apple Podcasts app. The new app accounted for 24% of Apple Podcasts downloads for our podcast yesterday already.
  • ICYMI, Sounds Profitable recently did a deep-dive with Omny Studio, the enterprise-grade podcast host. It's one in many deep-dives they've done, allowing you to spend proper time with a product to get a feel of how it might work.
  • Why did TuneIn download our podcast audio 4,016 times yesterday (CSV) from our private feed that we supplied to them? Why did they use 7.3GB of data? Why did 79 of those downloads appear to come from a copy of Safari running on Windows Vista? We have oh so many questions, and, thankfully, a firewall.

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  • On sounder․fm - In Huddle Up With Gus, 14 year NFL QB Gus Frerotte chats with Matthew McConaughey and how Matthew turns red lights into green lights.
  • The Lazarus Heist is new from the BBC and currently the #1 show in the UK. It tells the sotry of a group of elite North Korean hackers behind an attempted $1 billion digital heist, as well as the Sony hack, Wannacry, and lots of other cybercrime.
  • Sudhir Breaks The Internet is a new short show from the Freakonomics Radio Network - who is building the tools and platforms we work with every day? How can these tech companies with seemingly infinite resources face so many challenges — and make so many mistakes? All three episodes are now available.
  • The improvised D&D podcast Dark Dice is to have a new star: Jeff Goldblum, according to Deadline.
  • Rory & Mal have returned to The Joe Budden Podcast with Rory & Mal. According to The Root, it's all about respect.

We're currently unable to promote too many "just-launched" shows here, because of Apple Podcasts Connect's downtime having an impact on new show launches.

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Spotify launches Paid Subscriptions for podcasts

Wed, 2021-04-28 12:11

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  • Spotify has announced their Paid Subscriptions service, which is hosted on Anchor. NPR is a launch partner, as we reported last week. Unlike Apple, who will take 30% of your subscription revenue, Spotify "won't charge" until 2023 (after which it's 5%). There are plenty of other things to know, though (indeed, there will be a charge) - see our analysis, below.

    • Supporting Cast has compared Patreon, Apple, Spotify and their own podcast subscription tool.
    • As Spotify put some prices up in the US and UK, Deezer's COO, Laurence Miall-d'Aout, released a short statement saying (in part) "We just wanted to let you know that Deezer isn’t going to raise prices in the middle of the pandemic. Music, podcasts and radio help people cope and we don’t feel this is the time to make things harder for them." Ooof.
  • Edison Research revealed The Infinite Dial 2021 Australia. It showed a significant growth for podcast consumption in the country. 37% of Australians (12+) listen to podcasts every month: a significant increase from 25% just a year ago.
  • First look: Podcast hosting company Sounder has launched Sounder Plus, a tool to enable creators to reach bigger audiences. It gives you automatic distribution to YouTube, adds Videobites (transcription-powered video clips) for social media, analyses episodes for keywords and tagging,

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  • Spotify's drunk, stoned, transphobic conspiracy theorist Joe Rogan has told "healthy 21 year-olds" to not bother with getting a coronavirus vaccine. So, we'll link to the story of Cody Lyster, a healthy college student and baseball player at Colorado Mesa University, who died on April 8th last year after catching the virus. He was 21.
  • Slow Burn launched a new season last week, looking at the Iraq war in 2003. Hosted by Noreen Malone, episode two releases today, focusing on the climate of fear after 9/11 and the 2001 anthrax attacks.
  • In The Podcast Accelerator, Mark Asquith highlights what he calls "The Problem with Apple Podcasts Subscriptions".
Analysis

Our Editor, James Cridland, looks at the Spotify Paid Subscriptions product alongside Apple's recent announcements.

Spotify's Paid Subscriptions tool sounds nice when compared with Apple - who can argue with free, after all. But it isn't quite as straightforward as that. Or, even, free.

  • It's not actually free. Standard payment processing fees still apply. Stripe charge 2.9% +30¢, and I'd expect Spotify's pricing to be similar. Apple's fees include payment processing.
  • It's US-only for now, as all Anchor monetisation has been. The company is hoping to expand "in the coming months". Apple Podcasts Subscriptions are available in 170 countries and regions.
  • It's not even available to all creators in the US. There's only a waitlist that you can join, and the service uses that phrase "the coming months" again.
  • Listeners can't buy a paid subscription to your podcast in the Spotify app. (If they did, Apple and Google would want up to 30% of the money, something the EU Commission is currently investigating). Instead, they'll get taken to an Anchor web-page, and listeners will be asked to enter their credit card details. For Apple listeners, paying for a subscription is as simple as buying an app.
  • It's not limited to the Spotify app, though. Just link to that Anchor web-page. Like Patreon and similar services, listeners who subscribe will be given a private RSS feed that works in any podcast app (except, ironically, Spotify). Apple Podcast Subscriptions only works in the Apple app (and, by extension, only on Apple hardware).
  • You'll have to use Anchor to host these. You could, of course, duplicate your feed into Anchor (it's got the tools to do that), but you need to use Anchor as a host for Spotify Paid Subscriptions. For Apple, you similarly have to upload your shows to their system.
  • It's not either or. Apple does not have an exclusivity clause, and just wants parity of pricing with other platforms. The terms and conditions of Spotify's service aren't public, but I'd expect them to have the same stipulation.
  • Spotify are building an Open Access Platform - which potentially could allow sites like Patreon/SupportingCast/Supercast, or your own website, handle the billing and login. Apple haven't announced this (and it's very unlikely they'd do it).
  • There are 345m monthly listeners on Spotify. However, only 25% of them listen to podcasts. Apple Podcasts doesn't release any overall figures, though.

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99% Invisible bought by SiriusXM

Tue, 2021-04-27 11:54

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Vanity URLs and promo codes often fall short, says Sounds Profitable's Bryan Barletta. Even if a listener hears a lot about an advertiser on your podcast, they might just Google the company's name - leaving you without any credit. Pixel-based attribution fixes that, he says. You should subscribe.

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  • First look: Today, Magellan AI launches its Q1/21 podcast advertising report. Of their findings:

    • Podcast ad spending in March was higher than the Q4/20 monthly average.
    • 50% of podcast ad revenue went to the 500 most popular podcasts
    • 21% of podcast episodes have just one advertiser.
  • Acast claims the future of podcasting is Dynamic RSS, according to a post by Matt MacDonald. dRSS is the company's brand for custom feeds, which, the company says, allows personalisation for audiences.

  • WeArePodcast is running a new virtual event on 20-21 May, called "Make Money From Your Podcast". Promo code PODNEWS will get you a discount.
  • MorganStanley issued a client note saying mostly positive things about Spotify, calling them "overweight", and predicting they'll hit $350/share in the next twelve months (they're $298 currently). Spotify releases their earnings results for Q1/21 tomorrow (and possibly, with it, their plans for podcast subscriptions); they're currently increasing prices in the US and UK.
  • Eric Nuzum writes about why subscriptions matter: suggesting that podcast creators shouldn't rely on one source of revenue; but to examine who owns the relationship.
  • Buzzsprout now integrates with Canva to make artwork easier. Find it in your podcast settings.

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  • The Limelight with Layyah Rasdien is a South African interview podcast with a difference: Layyah is just nine. Her dad is a comedian.
  • May I Elaborate? offers daily wisdom from JB Smoove. Everyone needs a guru, and this one is, um, quite sweary.
  • Oooh, you're in trouble is back for a new season later this week: a podcast for 9-13 year-olds, it says that sometimes it's okay to break the rules, with true stories of rebels and rule-breakers.
  • Looking Forward focuses on trends and the opportunities they bring. So far with 39 episodes, it's hosted by Jeff Ostroff, a voiceover talent and a Luck Instructor (no, really).

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AppleCoreMedia: what it is, and isn't

Mon, 2021-04-26 10:40

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  • Exclusive: Have you seen AppleCoreMedia, or "Unknown Apple App", in your podcast statistics? We wondered: are downloads from AppleCoreMedia mostly from Apple Podcasts? We have 90 days of data to show whether your podcast host's calculating them correctly. (Spoiler: they're probably not).
  • The Wall Street Journal claims that Spotify is to launch their podcast subscription service this week. Variety says it'll be similar to Apple's, launched last week, with one big difference: apparently Spotify won't take a cut of the revenue.

    • Another big difference between Apple and Spotify, we presume, is that Spotify's stuff will work.
  • Unconnected to any of the above, there's some big podcast news at 9am Eastern today. Our Twitter account will keep you updated.

    • (Audience research: we could, of course, just delay Podnews for an 8am or 9am embargo on days like these. Would that be a plan for next time? Hit reply and let us know.)

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  • Emsolation from Australian broadcaster Em Rusciano has become a Spotify exclusive. She'd moved it away from SCA's Podcast One, as it was then, at the end of last year.
  • Podland this week has Sam Sethi and our Editor, James Cridland, talk about Apple and Spotify's plans for podcasting. Listen on Podfriend and try value4value for yourself.
  • Sounds Profitable suggests that postrolls are nonsense, and interviews Dane Cardiel from Simplecast about how to rebrand post-roll and to use DCI better.
  • Buzzcast features Travis, Kevin and Alban from Buzzsprout with their take on Apple Podcasts and Facebook's plans.
  • Meanwhile, Podcasting 2.0 chats to Kieran and Mark from Captivate, and "Hydra Podping", which we'll cover when we understand it.

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Riverside.fm launches new 'magic editor'

Fri, 2021-04-23 10:03

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  • YEA Networks have signed As For Me And My House, one of the top Christian podcasts in the US. The agreement includes distribution, production, marketing and sales.
  • In Podland this week, Sam Sethi and Podnews's Editor James Cridland talk about… obviously… Apple. And Facebook. And Apple again. Includes Tim Cook and Mark Zuckerburg (well, clips of them anyway).

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New Apple Podcasts system: shows disappear, multiple bugs

Thu, 2021-04-22 11:15

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  • The launch of the new Apple Podcasts Connect tool has been plagued with bugs and technical issues; and has impacted other apps. We would recommend NOT logging in at this time.
  • Many podcasters say their shows have completely gone missing within Apple Podcasts and third-party apps that use Apple's API.
  • The new Apple Podcasts Connect is unavailable for many - some seeing "We're setting up your account" for over 24 hours.

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  • Apple Podcasts Connect has bugs, too. It's currently impossible to submit a new show to Apple Podcasts, and it's changing information about already existing shows. More below.

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Back to the botched Apple Podcasts update
  • First - Apple Podcasts does not have a statement for us; and haven't publicly acknowledged any issues.
  • Our theory: All shows transferred to the new system appear to automatically have their RSS feed removed from Apple's public API. Just logging in (and enabling your new account) appears to cause your show to disappear. This not only breaks third-party apps and websites who use Apple's API, but appears to also break current Apple Podcast apps.

    • This option is bad for third party apps which rely on the Apple Podcasts API. It's one effective way, though, to kill your competitors who rely on the API.
  • One way for third party apps to continue operating is to use PodcastIndex, which includes iTunesIDs. After getting an API key, the /byitunesid endpoint gives you all the info you need, including the feedUrl.

    • Overcast has quickly integrated Podcast Index like this, so that users of that app should be unaffected.
  • Transistor's Justin Jackson shows on a Twitter thread that it's almost impossible to submit a new show to Apple Podcasts at the moment. The process results in errors including a new requirement for a phone number for some reason. Spotify, has a one-click submission process from most podcast hosting platforms.
  • Apple Podcasts Connect also changes your categories, too. Our categories are "Daily News", "Technology", "Business". The new Apple Podcasts Connect has given our categories as "News", "Technology" and "Daily News", removing us from "Business" and assigning us to the top-level category of News. We're also not alone in seeing this.
  • Podcast hosting companies are fielding a high level of support queries. Many are privately frustrated at the lack of any notice, and are concerned about Apple's unclear UX in the new Podcasts Connect, which appears to duplicate many features in podcast host dashboards. "Letting people edit their show details on Podcasts Connect is going to create tons of headaches, because the RSS feed will no longer be the main authority", said one podcast host to us.
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Apple Podcasts Subscriptions is launched

Wed, 2021-04-21 06:41

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In our ad-tech newsletter, Sounds Profitable, this week: how to explain podcast impression tracking to digital ad buyers. "Just because podcast advertising is different, it doesn’t mean it’s not right for ad buyers and their clients," says Bryan Barletta. Subscribe now

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  • Apple Podcasts will take a 30% commission of the subscription price for a subscriber's first year, dropping to 15% for additional years. As a podcaster, if you want to list Freemium or Paid podcasts, there's also a US $19.99/year fee (there's a $99/year fee to sell apps with Apple already).
  • There is no exclusivity clause: so you can make your show available for subscription on other platforms as well, if you choose to, and assuming they don't have exclusivity themselves. See Luminary's announcement for an example of a company doing just that.
  • Want to offer a free trial? Sure, you can do that (there are a set of durations offered by Apple).
  • Paid podcasts are hosted by Apple, not by your podcast host. "Subscriber audio is only accessible on Apple Podcasts and is protected by Digital Rights Management". You'll be uploading uncompressed WAV or FLAC files; Apple will do the audio compression, and will also handle analytics.
  • They've made no announcement about Apple Podcasts going onto additional platforms; however, clause 2.3 of the Apple Podcasts Program Agreement discusses rights for Apple Podcasts "on any platform", and specifically mentions Windows and Android.
  • They've made no announcements about transcripts, either, but clause 2.2 (c) lets them make transcripts, and lets you opt out.
  • Podcasters can set pricing, and availability, by country. Apple Podcasts is available in 170 territories.
  • Unlike Patreon, Supporting Cast or similar models, Apple Podcasts will not give you access to any personal data about your paid subscribers, like their emails or names.
Additionally
  • Some have suggested that this screenshot on Apple's site shows you can set up "hosts and guests" for your show; something previously not changeable without being specially chosen. However, the hosts and guests feature isn't showing for our incredibly successful podcast about time, PodClock; or for Podnews which does have hosts and guests enabled.
  • The iTunes API will continue to be supported. ("Supported", the pedant would note, is not the same as "unchanged"; we are seeing many more shows being returned without their RSS feedURL).
  • None of these changes were communicated ahead of time to any podcast host we've spoken to.
  • Apple's marketing guidelines still tell us to use "Subscribe", not "Follow".
  • What should you do next? You don't need to do anything. And - read on - you probably don't want to.

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A new feature - and a serious bug??
  • The adventurous might want to log into (the new) Apple Podcasts Connect and "set up your account". However, this took eight hours for us to activate our account (and crashed the first time with an error message).
  • A new feature in the new Apple Podcasts Connect is this checkbox that allows podcasts to opt into being in Apple's API. It's checked by default - and says "this control exposes your RSS feed URL to our API, making your show discoverable for a larger audience".
  • However, existing shows appear to all be opted out of the API. Any editing of your show, even if you don't edit the RSS feed, appears to opt out of the API. You don't want that.
  • More than that, editing your show currently appears to… well, delete your entire show from Apple Podcasts. At least, our published show listing isn't working right now. At all.
  • Others on Twitter are also reporting their podcasts have disappeared, too.
Who's in for subscriptions?
  • Luminary is adding their shows to Apple Podcasts Subscriptions. All 35 original podcasts will be available in the Apple Podcasts Luminary channel, and continue in Luminary's own app. Pricing is $5.99/month on both Luminary's app and on Apple Podcasts; though there's a cheaper annual option in the Luminary app.
  • NPR will be a launch partner on Apple and Spotify's paid podcast subscription platforms, according to a staff email obtained by Podnews. The NPR Board has also approved development of NPR's own sponsorship-free public radio podcast subscription service, which member stations will also have access to. However, sponsor-supported shows will still be free: “NPR remains committed to making news and other content available to the public free of charge as part of its public service mission,” Podnews is told.
  • A set of other publishers have announced, including…

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  • It would be churlish not to link to our Editor's Podcasting: what Apple should do next article from March 2019. There's a reason he calls himself a "futurologist": step one in the article is now achieved: even getting the Apple commission split correct! Now for step two… ;)
  • What Apple Podcasts Subscriptions means for Supporting Cast, Slate, and Our Podcasters - Supporting Cast, who sponsored Podnews last month, point out the benefits of their platform over Apple's.
  • Supercast, another subscription product, welcomes Apple to the party, saying subscription podcasting is going mainstream. But who owns your customers?
  • Steve Wilson, now at QCODE but previously at Apple Podcasts, said that "the thoughtfulness that went into this release, the features and the localisation, is something that I'm proud of, even though I'm no longer there." He was speaking in the Real Talk Podcasting Clubhouse room.
  • Eric Johnson notes the big difference between Apple Podcasts subscriptions and those from companies like Glow and Patreon: no copying of private RSS links.
  • James Parkinson: "Apple Podcasts subscriptions might not be the best fit for your show and your audience, and that's okay."
  • Nathan Gathright discovers even more in the Apple Podcasts Program terms and conditions.
  • The Podcast Index twitter account says: "Wake me up when any podcast app developer can add the Subscribe button and share a % of the revenue." Their value4value method gives revenue to independent app developers as well as podcast publishers.
  • Matt Deegan pleads for parity: "Spotify have talked about rolling their own subs platform out. Please Spotify folk, and I know you read this, for the love of all that’s holy, please at least match these features," adding: "Subscriptions will truly become a big opportunity for podcasters when something similar is available on Spotify and when Apple release Apple Podcasts for Android."

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Facebook to add a podcast player and recording tool

Tue, 2021-04-20 10:42

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  • Within the next few months, the Facebook app will include a podcast player, as part of an upcoming set of "social audio experiences", as initially highlighted by Mark Zuckerburg in a Platformer discussion on Discord. The podcast player will work in the background, and offer live captioning; "RSS" wasn't mentioned in the release or in Zuckerburg's interview. 170 million Facebook users are already connected to a Page for a podcast, the company says. (Here's ours).

    • To get into Facebook as a podcast, it appears that the podcast player will be an additional tab in your Facebook Page. What might help is check your podcast's page info to ensure that you have added the Podcast category: that may allow your page to access additional features at launch.
  • Facebook has also announced "Live Audio Rooms" - available for Facebook Groups, and to public figures. "With live audio, creators will be able to turn a live conversation into a podcast for everyone to listen to later," says the company; you'll be able to charge for access or accept tips using Facebook’s digital currency, Stars.
  • Other announcements from Facebook include a new audio creation tool as part of the app, with automatic noise reduction, music and effects; Soundbites will be "short-form, creative audio clips", which you'll be able to record, or clip from shows; and all audio will be automatically captioned for accessibility.

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  • The Los Angeles Times is launching a daily news podcast, The Times. Its first episode will be May 3.
  • In Canada, CBC Podcasts has released their first ever English-to-French podcast adaption: a new version of Brainwashed made in collaboration with Radio-Canada (the public broadcaster's French-language service). Brainwash: les cobayes oubliés, hosted by Sophie-Andrée Blondin, is an elegant blend of translation and original reporting in French. They're also working on Telling Our Twisted Histories with Mohawk actress Kaniehtiio Horn: a CBC/Radio-Canada collaboration as the English-language follow-up to Laissez-nous raconter: L’histoire crochie, due out in June.

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Facebook to get serious about podcasting

Mon, 2021-04-19 07:40

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  • Facebook is coming. The social media giant is to get into audio and podcasts, according to Recode. Announcements are due today; it describes "a podcast discovery product that will be connected with Spotify", as well as an audio-only version of 'Rooms', a separate Clubhouse-like product, and a way for Facebook users to add voice messages to the newsfeed.
  • "The ability to submit new shows for review is temporarily unavailable" says Apple Podcasts Connect for us today. This may be related to a big Apple announcement tomorrow, or perhaps it's just broken: the tool is famously unreliable.
  • What does Spotify really think of RSS? Michael Mignano, the co-founder of Anchor and "Head of Podcaster" for Spotify, writes about the 'limitations and tradeoffs' with RSS, adding that Spotify is "also interested in pushing the medium of audio beyond the limitations of the RSS standard".

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The Tech Stuff
  • Podcast Index has now indexed over 3m podcasts.
    • This backs up a number of conversations last week for an upcoming article. Apple Podcasts is increasingly being ignored by some podcasters, particularly outside the US, as a place to add their show. (Even when it works…)
  • The Podcast Index social website now hosts a regular video chat every weekend.
  • Your podcast app might be calling itself AppleCoreMedia; and your podcast host might be claiming that's a play from Apple Podcasts. Our editor posts a list of apps that use AppleCoreMedia under certain circumstances.
  • Want to make sure your podcast app never calls itself AppleCoreMedia (and thus your app doesn't get credit for plays?) Here's some code to do just that from John Spurlock.
  • John Spurlock has also launched a new, simple, podcast called Reflections. It reads back your podcast app's user-agent, the time, and your IP address. It may be useful to help you discover which apps call themselves what.

Tips and tricks, and our Podcast News section, return tomorrow.

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