Podcasting jumps: New metrics from Edison Research and Triton Digital released today

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The Podcast Consumer, an annual research report from Edison Research and Triton Digital and released today, represents the 12th year of podcast research conducted by Edison. This year's report reveals a jump from incremental podcast adoption seen for several years. "This year, we saw a spike we haven't seen before," said Tom Webster of Edison Research, who presented a webinar.

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Podtrac introduces a ranker of top podcast shows and networks

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Podtrac, a podcast audience measurement company since 2005, today released the first monthly ranking of podcast shows and networks. Called the Podcast Industry Audience Rankings, the report is not just the first in a series for Podtrac, but the first ranker of its type for podcasting that we are aware of. It's fascinating, even as questions abound.

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Jake Shapiro (RadioPublic) and Kerri Hoffman (PRX) on the future of radio

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Last week we covered the launch of RadioPublic, a for-profit, public benefit corporation spawned by PRX, the open marketplace which brings together audio producers and public station program directors. To dig deeper, we spoke to Jake Shapiro, former CEO of PRX and founder/CEO of RadioPublic, and Kerri Hoffman, the new PRX CEO.

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More talk of YouTube racketeering, this time by producer and scholar Jonathan Taplin

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Continued heat is being applied to Google, YouTube, and -- on a deeper level -- to the Safe Harbor provision of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). Jonathan Taplin is a music and film producer, inventor, entrepreneur, media executive, and scholar. He put an OpEd in the New York Times in which he said that Google's YouTube resembles a protection racket. He also wants AM/FM to start paying artist/label royalties, and exemption he terms "the original sin."

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In the new era of small webcasting, StreamLicensing builds tech to survive

Webcaster host StreamLicensing runs a business model that pays label royalties on behalf of its member stations, funding the business with advertising target to combined audiences. But when that royalty cost dramatically escalated for U.S. webcasting in January, owner Marvin Glass sold to Stardome Media Group and warned the new owners that success would be an uphill climb. We spoke with a Stardome exec about the way forward.

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