SiriusXM announced the acquisition of Simplecast, a leading podcast management platform that enables podcasters to publish, manage, and measure their content.
The Simplecast solution, paired with the award-winning monetization platform of AdsWizz, the adtech subsidiary of SiriusXM, creates an end-to-end solution that enables creators to publish and generate revenue from their podcasts, all in one place. Continue reading SiriusXM Acquires Podcast Management, Analytics Platform Simplecast
FOX News Media has partnered with Spotify to distribute FOX News Podcasts on the global audio streaming platform. Continue reading Fox Podcasts Debuting on Spotify
SourceAudio has announced the launch of PodcastMusic.com. The new subscription-based service simplifies the difficulties of obtaining the licenses necessary for podcast use by bundling the master use, synchronization, mechanical and direct performance licenses into a single monthly transaction. And, once a podcast episode is produced, no additional royalties need ever be paid. The announcement was made today by Douglas Reed, EVP, Radio and Library Services, SourceAudio. Continue reading SourceAudio Launches PodcastMusic.com; Provides Music Licensing for Podcasts
From Startup To Challenger – Streaming Pioneer Deezer Puts The Focus On Difference
10 years ago, Deezer was a music tech startup, operating from a garage in France. Today the company has 12 million active users, but with developments in digital music distribution moving ahead at speed, the company is seeking to answer the question: Why choose Deezer?
Streaming App Stationhead Integrates Apple Music — www.billboard.com
Social radio streaming app Stationhead has integrated Apple Music, making it platform-agnostic and opening it up to Apple’s 30 million subscribers.
How does free ‘promotion’ fit in to the music-streaming era? — musically.com
“The industry’s problem to solve is we’ve been addicted to promotion for the entire time that the music industry has existed”
7 Podcasts for Music Lovers — ppcorn.com
If your podcast lineup is feeling a little stale, why not shake it up with these seven podcasts, all designed for music lovers. The formats range from traditional host interviews to storytelling and incorporates people from all walks of life. The common thread is something everyone loves: the power of music.
Evolving exit strategies for music startups — musically.com
We’ll be blunt: for many music startups, the ‘exit’ is either shutting down when nobody wants their product or service, or an ‘acquihire’ of their team.
Music 360 Report Finds That More And More People Create Their Own Playlists — music3point0.com
Nielsen Music’s annual Music 360 report looks at the consumption habits of U.S. music fans and listeners.
Crunch Digital Launches New 'Sandbox' to Help Startups Navigate Licensing Music From Record Labels — www.billboard.com
Keeping the digital music business booming requires encouraging more startups to enter a market that’s generally perceived as difficult and complicated. Could one new company provide the answer?
Amazon to push ‘U2 experience’ out to music streaming apps — www.completemusicupdate.com
Taking note of what a massive success it was when Apple snuck a free U2 album onto everyone’s iPhones, Amazon is going to push out a collection of interviews and live performances by the band to users of its streaming service.
Exec: Spotify Skip-Rates Aren't as Important a Playlist Metric as Many Believe — www.billboard.com
Turns out all the hype around Spotify “skip-rates” — when a listener skips a track less than 30 seconds into listening — might not be such an important metric in the service’s playlist placements as previously thought.
Buying music vs. streaming: What you need to know — www.windowscentral.com
You might consider buying music to be a thing of the past now that streaming services are more popular and feature-rich than ever before. But which approach is best for you?
Taylor Swift’s ‘Reputation’ to Hit Streaming Services Friday — variety.com
Three weeks to the day after its release, Taylor Swift’s new album “Reputation” will be available on major streaming services Friday.
There’s no shortage of podcasts about sports, but The Football Ramble sees an opening to get people to pay for its podcast.
The Football Ramble started in 2007 from presenter Luke Moore’s kitchen. Nearly 10 years later, it has attracted monthly download figures of a respectable 1.7 million. Each week, people tune in to hear the irreverent football commentary of co-hosts Jim Campbell, Pete Donaldson and Marcus Speller. The Football Ramble is one of five U.K. podcasts that has started charging for content in the last week. Podcasts remain a mostly ad-supported medium, but Swedish podcast platform Acast is now letting creators on its platform sell ad-free content directly to listeners with Acast+.
When Jamie Morton discovered that his 60-year-old father had written an erotic novel called “Belinda Blinked”, he was appalled. A few weeks later, when reading passages of the book aloud to two university friends over dinner, Mr Morton saw the funny side—and a creative opportunity. “It was so bad,” Mr Morton says, “it was gold.”
The three decided to record their reactions to Belinda’s not-particularly-erotic escapades and the author’s idiosyncratic syntax. “My Dad Wrote A Porno”, a 13-part podcast and surprise hit, was born. The choice of medium was significant. Podcasts, series of digital audio files that users can download or stream from MP3 players and computers, were first created in 2001.
This was also the year that Apple launched the iPod, the device from which podcasting takes its name. Although it is now, in tech terms, a doughty 15 years old, it has developed only fitfully. While some veteran shows, including “This American Life”, “RadioLab” and “How Stuff Works”, have been broadcast regularly since their launches in the middle of the decade, many more withered away to nothing as quickly as they had sprung up.
Source: The Economist