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8tracks returns! New investor powers revival of beloved streaming service

8tracks, the venerable, crowdsourced, highly differentiated streaming music service which shut off at the end of 2019 is back. Thanks to a new investor who acquired some of 8tracks’ assets, the web app has reopened, with a promise to activate mobile apps next. Jeff Treichel is the new CEO — he has a Harvard MBA and a varied background in investing and board directorship. Continue Reading

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NY Times “in exclusive talks” to acquire Serial Productions, potential cost of $75M

We knew that the New York Times was interested in buying Serial Productions, the podcast house which makes Serial, the most successful true crime podcast franchise of the last six years. We reported such in January. Now we learn from the Times itself that it is exclusively discussing the acquisition with Serial, according to Ben Smith, the new Media Columnist. There might be a discount. Continue Reading

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Sony Music Entertainment: Another podcast deal, arguably the biggest, reinforces Sony presence

Sony Music has forged a content development partnership with Somethin’ Else, an indie British podcast production company. The press release lists Sony’s contributions to be content expertise, marketing, and monetization. We don’t know whether Sony has taken an ownership stake in Somethin’ Else. We do know Sony is moving fast in podcasting. Continue Reading

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Triton Digital acquires Omny Studio; anticipates robust podcast revenue growth

Triton Digital® is announcing this morning that it has acquired Omny Studio, the Melbourne-based enterprise podcast technology and hosting company.  The Omny Studio brand will continue as Triton’s podcast-facing technology suite, and Omny CEO, Sharon Taylor, along with the company’s staff, will join Triton Digital. Triton Neal Schore predicts growth in podcasting and digital audio. Continue Reading