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Employees want to hear podcasts — from their bosses.

A 2021 Kantar study of American employees found that 83% of respondents are interesting in getting company news via podcasts, and 78% would like to hear from company leadership via internal podcasts.  An appetite for work-specific audio is the impetus behind FieldCast — which supported the Kantar research — a full-service platform for private enterprise podcasting. Continue Reading

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After delay, Apple Podcasts Subscriptions launches today

After a delay to fix widely reported bugs, Apple announces today a firm launch of Apple Podcasts Subscriptions, a platform for creators and networks to offer paid listening plans. In most cases, those plans will offer listeners and ad-free experience, and/or unique content not given to non-paying followers. (What will this do to the ongoing confusion of the word “Subscribe” in free podcasts?) Continue Reading

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“We were not surprised.” Jon Stephenson, head of Live365, on the new CRB royalty rates

In a continuing follow-up to Friday’s CRB (Copyright Royalty Board) ruling on non-interactive music streaming royalty rates (called Web V), we spoke to Jon Stephenson, CEO of Media Creek, the parent company of webcasting platform Live365. Good planning and a big platform are easing the transition into a new royalty-rate period. Continue Reading