Quick Hits: Podcast trends from Infinite Dial; Apple/Shazam in EU; Anchor’s social podcast videos

Brief news items and worthy reads from around the web:

Podcast trends from Infinite Dial: Steve Pratt, co-founder of podcast company Pacific Content, shared some thoughts on the Infinite Dial 2018 report. He dives into the podcast data from the analysis to tease out five critical trends, with additional context from none other than Edison Research SVP Tom Webster.

EU to rule on Apple/Shazam next month: Apple’s acquisition of Shazam raised a red flag for regulators in Europe. The European Commission’s anti-trust team is expected to make its ruling on the merger by April 23. Several countries requested regulatory review of the deal, and the EU leadership has frequently scrutinized acquisitions of this size.

Anchors aweigh for social podcast videos: If you were a fan of Anchor’s social video creation tools, we have good news. The feature, which turns podcast clips into short videos for social media networks, has returned to mobile and is now available in a web version. Anchor recently rebranded to an ethos of democratizing audio, making fast and simple podcasting tools available to everyone.

Anna Washenko