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Chartable finds downloads down as coronavirus spreads, but listens saw an even bigger drop

Chartable released an assessment of podcast listening, adding a new layer to the picture of how the world is consuming media during a pandemic. It combined data about downloads with its listening statistics from publishers from Apple Podcasts Connect and Spotify for Podcasters. It examined a subset of about 6,000 podcasts and compared their March results with a baseline of those from the second half of February, when there were just over a dozen confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. Continue Reading

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Jacobs Media Techsurvey: Younger listeners driving digital uptake, including podcasts and streaming audio

Jacobs Media has released the results for its annual survey into radio and media. The 2020 Techsurvey had 504 commercial radio stations in the U.S. and Canada participating. The slides show insights about radio, podcasts, streaming audio, and smart speakers for a divided digital audience. Continue Reading

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Nielsen: 28% of Americans spending more time with radio in the coronavirus outbreak

Nielsen is the latest research company to share its insights on the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on audio. It shared a positive outlook for radio from an online survey of 1,000 U.S. adults between March 20-22. While more than half (55%) U.S. listeners have not changed their radio habits, 28% said they are tuning in more as a result of the outbreak. Continue Reading

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Spotify adds artist fundraiser links, ends outside DJ support, and may arrive in Korea

Spotify had several newsworthy moments this week. Here’s the latest from the streaming service. The company has created a new option for listeners to directly support artists who are losing gigs and revenue to the coronavirus pandemic. Algoriddim, the maker of popular app Djay, announced that Spotify was revoking access to the program and its compatriots. And new reports that a Korean launch is near. Continue Reading