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audioBoom H1 2018 results show financial improvement and growing listenership

AudioBoom, a podcast and audio on-demand company, has released its financial results from an extraordinarily eventful first half of its fiscal year. In the six months ending May 31, 2018, audioBoom posted a 43% increase in revenue to £2.6 million. COO Stuart Last posted additional context and interesting metrics to supplement the official report. Continue Reading

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Sony aims to pay artists/labels for Spotify stock sale by August

Sony has made yet another move toward transparency in how it is distributing the proceeds from its sale of Spotify stock. Sony Music Entertainment has informed indie labels by email that it intends to make payments to eligible artists and participants as soon as possible. There is one interesting and revealing point. Continue Reading

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Podnews report: How much is a spot on Apple Podcast Charts worth?

A new report from James Cridland’s Podnews reveals that algorithmic one-upmanship has entered the scene — podcasters can now buy their way to a high placement in Apple Podcast charts. We’re not certain it works, but it shouldn’t be surprising. Where there is an algorithm, there is an attempt to hijack it. Continue Reading

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Spotify gets NPR as two giants combine strengths

In a pivotal deal, NPR announced that its entire podcast catalog is now available on Spotify for the first time. All shows from the public media outlet, both familiar favorites and new titles, will have a home on the streaming audio service. The arrangement brings the world’s largest podcast publisher into one of the largest podcast distribution platforms. Continue Reading