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James Cridland, Sam Sethi

Every Thursday in Podland, James Cridland, from Podnews in Australia and Sam Sethi, from Sam Talks Technology in the UK, join forces to review and analyse some of the weeks top podcasting news from around the world. They also interview some of the biggest names making the news. Follow our podcast today! This podcast is sponsored by Buzzsprout, with help from Riverside FM.

Join James Cridland and Sam Sethi on this week's deep dive into subscription services.SPECIAL GUESTS: - Will Page - Author of Tarzan Economics, Visiting Fellow at The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and Former Chief Economist at Spotify and PRS for Music.- Charles Van Winkle - Former Senior Computer Scientist II at Adobe Systems and now Senior Software Engineer at Descript IN THIS PODCAST: Twitter Spaces is now available to (almost) everyone, on iOS and Android, if you have more than 600 followers. Apple’s Podcasts Connect still isn’t allowing new podcasts from some users.Apple Podcasts iOS 14.5.1 app has changed the way it displays episode notes, it no longer supports HTML links.  The new iOS 14.5.1 Apple Podcasts app now takes hours to deliver new episodes to your listeners. Spotify’s recently-acquired Clubhouse-like service, Locker Room, is to be called Spotify Greenroom. Headliner has integrated with “Megaphone by Spotify”.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. 

Join James Cridland and Sam Sethi on this week's thought-provoking show about Spotify's new subscription service.NEWS:Spotify has announced their Paid Subscriptions service, which is hosted on Anchor. Spotify’s Paid Subscriptions tool sounds nice when compared with Apple - who can argue with free. 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.Facebook is to add a podcast player in its app, powered by Spotify. It’s being rolled out to 27 markets, none in Europe.Riverside․fm has announced a further $9.5m in funding. The company has also debuted its “magic editor” feature, to a

Join James Cridland and Sam Sethi on this week's jam-packed show about Apple subscriptions and Facebook's entry into podcasting with the help of Spotify. NEWSApple Podcasts is adding paid Podcasts Subscriptions in May. As a podcaster, you can set your own price for your own show.Apple Podcasts will take a 30% commission of the subscription price for a subscriber’s first year, dropping to 15% for additional years. Podcasters can set pricing, and availability, by country. Apple Podcasts is available in 170 territories.Paid podcasts are hosted by Apple, not by your podcast host. Apple Podcasts will not give you access to any personal data about your paid subscribers, like their emails or names.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.Our theory: All shows transferred to the new system appear to automatically have their RSS feed removed from Apple’s public API. One way for third-party apps to continue operating is to use PodcastIndex.Apple Podcasts Connect also changes your categories

Join Sam Sethi and Matt Deegan on this week's jam packed & informative showINTERVIEWS: - Elsie Escobar - Libsyn talking about Libsyn 5 beta 1 - Juliana Meyer - Supapass - one website and app for your content, community and paywall.NEWS - Google Podcasts has hit 100m installations on Android. - Amazon Podcasts launched to more than 1.5bn potential listeners in France, Italy, Spain and India. - Libsyn has acquired Glow, Inc - VOX Media buys Cafe Studios - Podcast Index now has 2.7m shows in its index - PLINK has switched to using Podcast Index  - Poductivity, a method of offering interaction and engagement for podcasts, has launched an early alpha - Buzzsprout now has 100,000 active podcasts - Facebook is testing Hotline, a Clubhouse-like service  - RØDE Microphones has released RØDE Connect - Patreon has raised $155m in a new funding roundEVENTS - Podcast Day 24 - www.podcastday24.com - She Podcasts - October 14th - 17th - www.shepodcasts.com---MORE: Previous Episodes: https://www.podland.newsQuestions: questions@podland.newsBuzzsprout Podcast hosting and a whole lot more

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Join Sam Sethi and Matt Deegan on this week's highly informative showNEWS:James Cridland launches his new project the PodClockThe British Podcast Awards has closed entries for this year. Organiser Matt Deegan says it was the best ever year, with entries up a third since 2020.Last week we talked about how podcasting had hit 2 million shows in Apple PodcastSpotify is to hold a new round of Sound Up programs: a global program that gives under-represented podcasters the tools to boost their platforms and build their own shows. The website lists shows from previous Sound Up alumni and the full details about where they are taking part.The first to announce is the Australia Sound Up Program, aimed at Indigenous or Torres Strait Islander podcasters. If that’s you, you’ve until April 19 to enter.The company has also launched Behind The Mic, a new apprenticeship program coming later this year to support aspiring Black podcast producers. Three apprentices will become permanent Spotify employees as a result.Happy sixth anniversary to Podcasts in Color Spotify has bought Locker Room, an iOS-only live sports audio app. Like Clubhouse and Twitter Spaces, it will let anyone host audio conversations. It’s to rebrand under a new name, and Gustav Söders

Join James Cridland and Sam Sethi on this week's jam-packed show INTERVIEWS:Donald Albright, Chair, The Podcast AcademyCorey Layton, Head of Digital Audio, Australian Radio Network and iHeart Podcast NetworkNadav Keyson, CEO& Co-Founder, Riverside.FM --- NEWS: We just hit 2 million shows in Apple Podcasts, according to Daniel J Lewis's Podcast Industry Insights tool. Overnight, the total number of shows hit 2,004,462. He says that 37.29% are "active" (published at least one episode in the last 90 days)Podcasts are now available on TV. PodTV is now available on TCL Smart TV channel 1048, or on Roku, or free on their website.The IAB has published its Annual Report, predicting that “in 2021, [US] podcasting will be a $1 billion market”. The organisation had $33.2m of revenue in 2020; $6.4m of that is from the IAB Tech Lab, who work on the podcast measurement standards.Hypercatcher now supports the Podcast Index funding tag. The Breez Lightning client has added a native podcast player on their iOS app. Using the Podcasting 2.0 podcast:value system, listeners can opt to share cryptocurrency with the shows they listen to.

Join James Cridland and Sam Sethi on this week's jam-packed showINTERVIEWS:Jake Warren  - Message HeardBenjamin Bellamy - Ad AuresNorma Jean Belenky - PodBean --- NEWS:Next week, Podbean is to run a Finance Podcast Week: a week-long livestream and podcast event focused on finance podcasts (with many podcasters lined-up to speak). A full pass is normally $39, but use the code PODNEWS and you can get in free.Podcast Movement has announced the dates and venues for their in-person events in 2022. Podcast Movement Evolutions will be in Los Angeles CA from March 23-26. Podcast Movement 2022 will be in Dallas TX from August 23-26. Podnews aim to be at both.Use Chartable or Podsights to measure your traffic? Overcast will no longer appear in your data: Marco Arment, the developer, has decided to skip those redirects entirely, after they have, he claims, become increasingly affected by ad-blocking DNS servers. Marco Arment from Overcast reversed his experiment of skipping some analytics prefixes when played in the app, within a few hours of our publication yesterday.Is there an opportunity for Incognito Mode for Podcast Apps? Our Editor, James Cridland, writes a proposal that would avoid interference from ad-blockers, ensure IPv6 compatibility, allow users to co

Apologies some of the sound recordings on Sam's interviews were not clear due to a broken mic.  Join James Cridland and Sam Sethi on this week's showINTERVIEWS:Sean Glynn - NovelRob Loewenthal  - WhooshkaaJess Kupferman  - She PodcastsAgnes Kozera - Podcorn --- NEWS:Entercom has acquired Podcorn, valuing the company at $22.5m. Entercom, a US radio broadcaster, owns Cadence13 and Pineapple Street Studios. Podcorn gives advertisers access to podcasters. In 2016 Google purchased the founders’ previous company, FameBit, for $36m.Playing with the beta, it appears the new Apple Podcasts app will not automatically download new episodes when you follow a new show: bringing it into line with Spotify and Google Podcasts.The clubhouse has added an option for higher quality audio, and recurring “clubs”. (Just update the app). Clubhouse has rewritten its terms of service to now allow recording with “the express consent of all the speakers involved”. It previously required written consent. (h/t Daniel J Lewis)Twitter says it will let people record Twitter Spaces in future. And scheduled Spaces are coming.

Join James Cridland and Sam Sethi on this week's showINTERVIEW:-  Kal Amin - co-founder and CEO of Sounder.FM, a podcast management and monetisation platform, has raised $2.15m in a seed round.  They've raised $4m in the past 14 months---NEWS:The nominees for The Ambies, the awards for excellence in audio, are to be announced today at 12pm, New York Time. Podnews.net have a full list with analysis tomorrow: if you’re a Podcast Academy member, you’ll get a vote to choose the winners.eMarketer claims that Spotify will overtake Apple Podcasts by US total listeners (if not downloads) this year. No methodology or source for this data is given, though. Meanwhile, The Hustle publishes “Spotify’s plan to monetize podcasts, explained”.Who owns who in podcasting? Evo Terra and Anne Baird have published a list.Google has unveiled a new audio codec, called Lyra, which the company describe as a “high quality, very low bitrate speech codec”. How low is “very low”? Just 3kbps. There are some examples to listen to; the company plans to make it open source.The Podcast Index is now

Join James Cridland and Sam Sethi on this week's showINTERVIEW:-  Michael Mignano  - Co-Founder, Anchor / Head of Podcaster Mission, Spotify - talks about all the new announcements from this weeks StreamOn---NEWS:Extended Spotify analysis by James and SamBuzzsprout, Podbean, Spreaker and Captivate were all subject to a denial-of-service attack. The same attackers appear to have been involved. We were wondering why they've targeted podcast hosts: so we talked to the group behind the attacks. Podnews has launched new, live data today showing podcast host migrations. A first for the industry, it shows the small amount of individual shows that have switched podcast hosting company - where they came from, and where they went. It's updated daily!Podcast Index 2.0 - Categories and Value for Value fundingPrevious Episodes: https://www.podland.news

Join James Cridland and Sam Sethi on this week's showINTERVIEWS:-  Kirt Debique the CEO & CTO from SyncFloor talks about their Songs For Podcasters music service. - Tom Rossi the co-founder of Buzzsprout talks about their support of Podcast Index and the new 'person' and 'location' tags coming soon. He also talked about Dynamic Content Insertion, possible uses for the proposed 'Alternative Enclosure Tag', the pros and cons of downloads v streaming and Automatic Audio Optimisation.   https://www.buzzsprout.com/help/163 - Harry Morton from Lower Street asked a question about further uses of AI in podcasting.  ---NEWS: -  iHeartMedia bought Triton Digital for $230m from KSHB / KMCI / The EW Scripps Company. - Spotify makes a big announcement on Monday 22nd about podcasting and possibly subscriptions.  We have Spotify on the show next week to talk all about it. - Apple and Amazon are looking for new people to join their podcast teams. It appears that Amazon will be launching its podcast services in Spain and Italy soon. Details on https://podjobs.net/- A new pressure group, 'Podcasters Declare', is calling for a new climate category in Apple Podcasts.  - https://www.podcastersdeclare.com/ Previous Episodes: https://www.podland.newsBuzzsprout Podcast hosting and a whole lot more

Join James Cridland and Sam Sethi on this week's showInterviews with:Jonas Leijonhufvud, the co-author of a new book "The Spotify Play" out this week, about how CEO and Founder Daniel Ek Beat Apple, Google, and Amazon in the race for audio dominance. Wayne Parker the co-founder of MapsFM, about the value and context of combining location with podcasts to create a new form of discovery.Jaime Ng, the CEO of MatchCast, about SoundClub the Taiwanese version of Clubhouse that News:how to use commercial music in podcasts mainly says the words "No, you can't" in a variety of different ways. However, the people who wrote the book (literally) on 'fair use' respectfully disagree.Spotify has been hosting anti-semitic content, according to Joseph Cohen, writing in the Jewish Chronicle.iOS 14.5 may allow you to choose your default podcast app, according to beta testers.

Join James Cridland and Sam Sethi on this week's show.Interviews:Anna Sian -  Head of Marketing,  Spotify & Anchor FM  - talks about their redesign.Bryan Barletta - Sounds Profitable - talks about 'Dynamic Content Insertion' Peter Niegl and Rasmus Kidde -  DR’s research department - talk about podcasting in Denmark. Mark asks a question about the value of 'Categories' in 2021News:SquadCast released v3 of their remote recording tool. The headline: you can now record quality HD video as well as audio with your guests. 25% of the 345m monthly active Spotify users now use the app to listen to podcasts, up from 22% the previous quarter. Speaking on the company’s Q4 2020 earnings call, Daniel Ek said he’s “reasonably confident” that he can see benefits in user growth and retention from podcasts.In Denmark, 27% of adults (15+) listen to podcasts every week. That is 3 percentage points up from last year, according to new data from DR. Sounds Profitable now has a podcast. The show uses dynamic ad insertion from Whooshkaa in a number of different ways, and Bryan Barletta

Join James Cridland and Sam Sethi on this week's show.Interviews:Melissa Mbugua from Africa PodfestGerard Edwards from Podcast RadioMatt Deegan from Podcast Day 24News:Podcasting is growing fast, according to LiveXLive CEO Robert Ellin. Speaking on Fox Business alongside Adam Carolla, the PodcastOne owner reckons the future for podcasting is in video and told Stuart Varney that podcasting “will be $5-10bn in the next 5-7 years”.Spotify has announced that Spotify Podcast Ads, using Streaming Ad Insertion, is now available in the UK and in Germany. BT Sport, a UK television channel, was the first to use it: advertising in the Joe Rogan Experience; while LinkedIn and MediaCom were first to use it in Germany. Unlike normal podcast ads, Streaming Ad Insertion lets advertisers know how many of their ads were heard, and by who.Spotify’s consumer podcast host, Anchor, has had a redesign. A new 'wave’ logo, a new typeface (Maax), and a new direction in photography: “less about podcasting, more about podcasters”. Anna Sian, Head of Marketing at Anchor, will be

Join James Cridland and Sam Sethi on this week's show. We talk about Apple's proposed new subscription service and what it means for podcasters?And has Spotify's foray into podcasting failed? Citi Research said "The only thing podcasting seems to have influenced is Spotify’s valuation.” They suggest that clients sell the stock.We'll discuss whether we think they are right or premature.Also, we ponder if Clubhouse needs better room moderation to prevent hate speech and misogyny? Also on this weeks show:Brenden Mulligan, CEO Podpage talks about how podcasters can make a google SEO optimised webpage in less than 5 mins.Bradley Davis, CEO Podchaser, the IMdB of podcasting, talks about their new $4m funding round from Greycroft, and what they plan to do with the money.Jaime Ng, CEO MatchCasts talks about being the first Asian podcasting ad platform and also her thoughts on the Tencent acquisition of Lazy Audio and what it means for Himalaya.Sam Crowther, Executive Creative Director at A Million Ads talks about their use of data to create personalized advertising and how this can work for both Radio and Podcasters who use dynamic ad insertion.We also talk about how they plan to use De

James and Sam talk about the possibility of using Clubhouse to conduct interviews with a live audience and record the room to use later for podcasting.  Could "Clubcasting" be the future of podcasting? Sam talks with Wayne Cheong from PodFest Asia in Clubhouse, to workout how to record a room. (please note: recording a room without the participant's knowledge is against the TOS and could get you banned.) James and Sam also talk about the forthcoming Twitterspaces and which platform would be better for podcasters? James talks with Buzzsprout's Kevin Finn about the launch of their new Dynamic Content Insertion tool now available to all Buzzsprout customers.James and Sam talk about when Apple+ might launch for exclusive podcast content and will they turn on micropayments for podcasting? Amazon and Google could follow suit but how could Spotify respond? James talks with Jon Manel from BBC World Service and Paula Rogo, co-founder, Africa Podfest, about the launch of the BBC World Service International Podcast competitionSam talks to  Adelicous.fm co-founder's Pascal Hughes and  David McGuire about the launch of their bespoke advertising service for podcasters.  Stories and all related links mentioned in this podcast where taken from Podnews.net Buzzsprout Podcast hosting and a whole lot more

Join James Cridland and Sam Sethi on this week's show.Interviews:News:Previous Episodes: https://podland.newsBuzzsprout Podcast hosting and a whole lot more

Join James Cridland and Sam Sethi on this week's show.Interviews:News:Previous Episodes: https://podland.newsBuzzsprout Podcast hosting and a whole lot more

James Cridland and Sam Sethi talk on this weeks show about the open independent podcast ecosystem versus the closed ecosystems. Will 2021 be a good year for podcasting or will we see the big players dominate such Amazon, Spotify and Apple by swallowing up all the independent podcast producers? We talk about whether Spotify is good or bad for the industry and discuss programmatic advertising versus Spotify's streaming advertising. We ask if Netflix will enter the podcasting marketplace now it has an audio-only mode to listen to Netflix shows.  And we interview the Podfather Adam Curry and Dave Jones about Podcast 2.0, their initiative to keep podcasting as an open distributed platform for free speech.Buzzsprout Podcast hosting and a whole lot more