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Podcasting consolidation continues, as Spotify announces that it is buying Megaphone, one of the world’s leading podcast hosting and ad-tech companies.
Apple Inc. and Sony Music Entertainment have each held talks about potentially acquiring Wondery, the producer of “Dirty John” and “Dr. Death,” according to people familiar with the matter, setting the stage for the biggest deal yet in the booming podcasting market.
Riverside.fm, the tech startup created by Nadav Keyson and Gideon Keyson, which describes itself as a video podcasting platform, has emerged from stealth mode with $2.5 million in funding led by Silicon Valley investor Oren Zeey.
Spotify appears to be toying with the idea of launching a subscription package for its podcast content where users would pay a monthly fee to listen to original shows or exclusive episodes.
Podcast content, hosting, and monetization platform Acast is announcing a partnership with Patreon, the crowdfunding platform used by many podcasters to support their ongoing projects. In this arrangement, Patreon podcasters can manage both their public feeds and private patron-only episodes in one place (that place being Acast).
Adam Curry, known as the Podfather, has embraced the Bitcoin Lightning Network to free podcasting from corporate control
News podcasts released bonus episodes as some weekly shows went daily while others offered live streams to keep up with the fast-changing election story. The result is downloads of News category shows jumped 13% last week, the most of any of the big genres measured by Podtrac.
Bitcast, the tool that allows podcast listeners to clip, collect and share on social media audio snippets from shows they are listening to, has struck an alliance with podcast recommendation service Podcast Notes. The two companies will jointly launch a new Podcast Notes listening app that will make clipping a key feature. The new jointly produced app will be iOS-only.