Quick Hits: Interviews with Apple and Vevo execs, recaps of the RAIN Podcast Business Summit

Brief news items and worthy reads from around the web:

JP Evangelista interview: Music Ally spoke with Vevo exec JP Evangelista about the music video platform’s current status and its future plans after several pivots over recent years. It’s a fascinating glimpse of how critical YouTube still is for the business, as well as how Vevo is reacting to the changes streaming audio has had on artists’ and listeners’ approach to music videos.

Zane Lowe interview: Apple Music executive Zane Lowe spoke to Music Business Worldwide and provided insights about the streaming service and its Beats 1 radio project. Lowe offered some particular insights about new hot performer Billie Eilish, who he has championed since 2016, and how Apple Music’s artist-centric approach could guide her upcoming album launch.

RAIN Podcast Business Summit recaps

Revzin twins in Forbes: Podcasters and Forbes contributors Sergei and Vadim Revzin penned a column about their top takeaways from the Summit. The brothers reviewed the discussions about the importance of discovery, next steps in monetization, and how the format is reaching ever-bigger audiences.

Richard Davies recaps the event: Former ABC News Radio correspondent Richard Davies wrote up his experience of the Summit for the Podcast Business Journal. In addition to some good quotes from the presenters, he mentions the big debut of upcoming podcast subscription Luminary and the mixed reactions to its business model.

Rebel Base Media conference impressions: Rebel Base Media CEO Mark Asquith takes his phone on a whirlwind video tour of the Podcast Business  Summit with a lobby interview and more.


Brad Hill