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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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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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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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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

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Highlights from RAIN Digital Australasia: Weaponized podcasts, “stupidly short” content, and more

Yesterday’s virtual event, RAIN Digital Australasia, brought together 25 audio professionals from Australia, Malaysia, India, United Arab Emirates, New Zealand, Indonesia, Canada, the UK, and the U.S. in a four-hour sequence of discussions about the state and future of the digital audio business. Click through for highlight quotes. Continue Reading

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Special Podtrac ranker illustrates top new podcasts in 2020

In an intermediary report before its end-of-year accounting, Podtrac has released a chart of the top 25 new podcasts through Q3. This ranker is based on average number of U.S. downloads per episode. Even though it has been an extremely newsy year, and we observed the launch of news podcasts from major media brands, only two podcasts categorized as News made the list. Click through for key points and the entire list. Continue Reading