• PODCASTS
    How podcasts went from unlistenable to unmissable

    One night 15 years ago journalist Ben Hammersley was on a deadline at the Guardian newspaper, writing a column on internet radio blogs. He filed the piece and then, just as he was packing up, got a last minute call from the subs desk (the team that give stories a final check). “They said: ‘We […]

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    Spotify aims to turn podcast fans into podcast creators with ‘Create podcast’ test

    Spotify is testing a new “Create podcast” feature that shows up atop a user’s list of their subscribed podcasts in the app interface, as first uncovered by Jane Manchung Wong (@wongmjane) (via Engadget). The button then provides a takeover promotion directing users to download Anchor, the podcast creation app that Spotify acquired in February. This is yet another example of […]

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    ANGRY FANS KEEP WRECKING PODCASTS WITH ONE-STAR REVIEWS

    Justin Drown’s true crime podcast, Obscura, always seemed to garner positive reviews. For the first year he hosted the show, Drown says it “overwhelmingly” earned five-star marks from fans. That changed in July. Suddenly, Obscura was inundated with hundreds of one-star reviews on Apple Podcasts. His overall rating fell from five, to four, to around three and a half […]

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    What’s Behind Apple’s Podcast Strategy?

    Last week, Bloomberg dropped a fascinating scoop that Apple, the long-time impartial steward of the podcast ecosystem, is apparently planning to finance original podcasts that would be exclusive to its platforms, and that it has met with media companies to discuss possible deals toward this end. According to the report, the talks were preliminary and Apple has […]

  • The biggest disasters in business history – podcasts of the week

    Kodak film. The company’s lurch towards bankruptcy in 2012 is profiled in Spectacular Failures. Photograph: Ian Waldie/Getty Images Talking points The platform where many users go to to listen to other people’s podcasts, Apple is now plotting to start making its own. According to Bloomberg, the tech giant is in conversation with media companies about creating […]

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    Apple will reportedly fund Apple-exclusive podcasts

    Apple, with a revived focus on services and original content, is reportedly looking to invest in podcasts. Bloomberg reports today that the tech company is reaching out to media companies to discuss making certain shows exclusive to Apple Podcasts, the company’s podcast listening app. Apple declined to comment for this story. This is a complete rethinking of […]

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    The best music podcasts in 2019

    There are a number of popular genres in the podcasts market: true crime, comedy, sports, politics and technology among them. But music is also a thriving genre, with a variety of sub-formats exploring songs, artists and the culture around music. We’ve chosen some of the most popular and/or inventive shows, which make a great starting […]