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AdsWizz enters Alexa development with interactive, voice-controlled audio ads

Ad-tech company AdsWizz is now in the Alexa development business, partnering with iHeartMedia on the publishing side, and ad agencies Assembly, Mediavest|Spark, and Mindshare. Alexa is the voice-controlled home assistant platform developed by Amazon and embodied in the Echo, Dot, and Look devices. Skills involve interactive listening and voice-activated responses to advertisements. Continue Reading

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SoundExchange Q1 report: “Off to a Fast Start”

SoundExchange, which collects and distributes label royalties from streaming music, released its Q1 2017 report this morning, citing growth statistics compared to Q1 2016. It’s a growth story of participating musicians, even as Pandora — the largest single contributor to label royalties from webcasting — reduced its involvement in this particular payment system. Continue Reading

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James Cridland’s Future of Radio: Upload Radio launches, Apple renames podcasts (kind of), UK calls election

by James Cridland

James Cridland’s Future of Radio is a column by the Australia-based radio futurologist. THIS WEEK: Apple rebrands its podcast platform. The UK’s upcoming election. The launch of Upload Radio. Much more from around the world of radio and audio. Continue Reading

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James Cridland’s Future of Radio: S-Town is 8x bigger than Serial, kind of. Plus the UK’s golden age of radio

by James Cridland

James Cridland’s Future of Radio is a column by the Australia-based radio futurologist. THIS WEEK: Early successes for Serial Productions’ sophomore act. Ink spilled about UK and its golden age of radio. Much more. Continue Reading

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James Cridland’s Future of Radio: Smart speakers. Radioplayer Car. A snooty podcast article.

by James Cridland

James Cridland’s Future of Radio is a column by the Australia-based radio futurologist. A podcast app accepts advertising, how Radioplayer Car works, smart speakers are the interactive radio for everybody, a snooty podcast piece, and much more. Continue Reading

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James Cridland’s Future of Radio: Is Beats 1 really the world’s biggest radio station? Plus, ten award-winning podcasts

by James Cridland

James Cridland’s Future of Radio is a column by the Australia-based radio futurologist. THIS WEEK: Beats 1 makes a big boast. Ten award-winning podcasts from Australia. Much more from around the world of radio. Continue Reading