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The Download on Podcasts: From cancellation to podcast

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Many old guard radio shows are leaving the public airwaves these days. One, Michael Feldman’s Whad’ya Know variety-quiz show, was abruptly cancelled by Wisconsin Public Radio, Feldman is making the leap to podcasting, hoping to continue a 31-year-old brand and migrate its audience. Continue Reading

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The Download on Podcasts: Influencers, hall-of-famers, and ratings winners

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When do we know that a media category has attained maturity? Many answers to that, the most viable probably being a thriving and sustainable financial ecosystem. But a more fun answer is when various groups give out awards designed to celebrate excellence and separate cream from crop. Continue Reading

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The Download on Podcasts: Radiotopia contest finalists make traditional podcast categories obsolete

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Ten semifinalists were named in Radiotopia’s “Podquest” contest. These 10 producers are developing shows whose descriptions illustrate a high level of podcast creativity, and their topical descriptions cut an oblique angle through the traditional podcast categories presented by Apple. One winner will emerge. How will the other nine fare when Apple’s old-fashioned categories have so much clout?
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The Download on Podcasts: On demand really is on demand as listeners embrace streaming

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Nearly four out of five podcast listeners stream their shows, rather than downloading them, according to new survey results from Edison Research and Triton Digital. Yet metrics are still keyed to downloads, as with the Podtrac Ranking released last week. In addition, some podcast apps make streaming difficult.
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The Download on Podcasts: The subscription model accelerates

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The paid subscription model presents an opportunity for podcasting, and an experimentation phase seems to be underway now, and accelerating. Different networks are taking different slants in setting up paywalls. There are parallels with the streaming music business.
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The Download on Podcasts: Pioneers of podcast streaming are gaining traction

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The news that Pandora acquired its second streaming podcast deal underscores the sometimes uncomfortable division in how podcasts are consumed — download or stream? Technically, the difference is artificial. But it becomes more important as a usability issue, and in audience measurement. Several mostly-music services are prioritizing podcast streaming, and stretching the definition of podcast consumption. Continue Reading

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The Download on Podcasts: Four things to know about Google podcasts

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After months of waiting, Google’s on-demand music service, Google Play Music has launched its podcast section. In doing so, Google joins Spotify, Deezer, and Pandora by incorporating podcasts into a music-only catalog. Here are four things to know. Continue Reading

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The Download on Podcasts: On-demand audio at 30,000 feet

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On a cross-country plane with in-flight entertainment, what are the options for podcast listening? Not many, but they do exist. It’s a toe-hold to what could be an opportunity to spread even more awareness of podcasting among hundreds of millions of annual flyers. Continue Reading

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The Download on Podcasts: The institutional embrace of podcasting

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Podcasting is outgrowing its early trappings, building its awareness and audience, attracting the interest and investment of more mature industries, becoming more professional and presentable. There is a growing institutional presence in podcasting, as media companies enter the field in various ways. Continue Reading

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The Download on Podcasts: The problem with success metrics

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Is Serial the most successful podcast ever? You’d think so, reading media hype about it. Confusion about podcast success metrics is a deeply rooted problem. Individual network solutions give early movers an advantage, and customized ad-serving technology is putting intelligence into the system too. Continue Reading