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TuneIn anoints new CEO: Richard Stern (ex-Audible), and takes new investment

TuneIn has hired a new CEO, and it is Richard Stern, who comes to the streaming platform from Audible, where he was Chief Product officer. Stern replaces Juliette Morris, who was appointed as  chief executive last summer. Simultaneous with the new leadership, and perhaps connected to it, TuneIn is also announcing today new investment from Innovation Endeavors. Click through for details. Continue Reading

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Magellan AI releases October Movers and Shakers. Geely (which owns Volvo) on top.

Magellan AI has released the October edition of the company’s Top Movers and Shakers list, a monthly survey of podcast advertisers which have increased their month-over-month spend the most. October’s top mover/shaker is Geely. Who? Magellan explains that Geely is the parent company of Volvo. Geely spent about $2.1-million in October, nearly a $2-million increase over September. Click through for more details. Continue Reading

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Rhapsody International announces Sonos partnership to power Sonos Radio HD

Rhapsody International, the parent brand of the Napster music streaming service (originally called Rhapsody) and Rhapsody’s B2B white-label streaming provision service, announced that it is now powering Sonos Radio HD. In this cluster of brands there  is one more: “Powered by Napster” which is the platform service brought to bear for Sonos.  Continue Reading

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Dan Misener: I analyzed 20 million Apple Podcasts star ratings. Here’s what I learned.

by Dan Misener
“Leave us a five-star review!” — the plea of podcasters everywhere. How well does that work? Pacific Content’s head of audience development offers another fascinating research project in which he dives deep into star ratings, breaking out where they are concentrated. You’ll be surprised. Click through. Continue Reading

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ART19 hires David Murray from Stitcher as new CFO

In a new demonstration of ART19’s history of using Stitcher as a fertile executive hunting ground, the podcasting technology and monetization company has hired David Murray as its new CFO. (Click through for a timeline of acquisitions and executives at Stitcher, Midroll, Scripps, ART19, and SiriusXM). Murray will help lead ART19’s expansion from pure SaaS business into a full-fledged media company. Continue Reading

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Stream listening flat in Sep., ESPN gains (Triton Digital Webcast Metrics)

U.S. stream listening in September was steady as a month-over-month metric following August, according to Triton Digital’s Webcast Metrics Top 20 Ranker. While group leader Pandora dipped by about one percent, gains for iHeartRadio, RADIO.COM, and ESPN helped keep the overall ship on an even keel. Click through for RAIN’s long-term trend chart from 2009 to present. Continue Reading

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How long is an audio impression? Pandora prepares Audibility initiative

When is an impression an accountable impression? The answer isn’t as simple as you might think, especially for audio ads which play out with duration. Pandora is stepping into potential standardization with an “Audibility initiative,” which it plans to launch in collaboration with Moat, a division of Oracle Data Cloud which measures consumer attention across media channels. Continue Reading