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Apple Debuts ‘The Line’ Podcast, Details Plans to Release Documentary of the Same Name

Photo Credit: Unsplash Apple has officially detailed plans for two projects called The Line – one a six-part podcast, the other a four-part Apple TV+ documentary – and both the works will “offer a unique perspective on previously untold aspects of the story of US Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher.” The Cupertino-headquartered company specified its vision […]

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Trans MMA Fighter Calls on Spotify to Remove Joe Rogan — ‘Cancel His Show Already’

Trans MMA fighter Fallon Fox (l) and Joe Rogan (r) (Photos: Fallon Fox; Digital Music News) Former trans mixed-martial arts fighter Fallon Fox is now calling for the removal of Joe Rogan by Spotify following allegedly transphobic comments. Joe Rogan’s arrival at Spotify continues to be shrouded in controversy, most recently over allegedly anti-trans statements […]

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Apple Podcasts Latest Update Adopts ‘Follow’ vs. ‘Subscribe’ – Here’s Why

Photo Credit: 9to5Mac The Apple Podcasts app is changing how users interact with podcasts. Subscribe is now follow – here’s why. With the latest iOS 14.5 update, Apple changed the terminology in the Apple Podcasts app. It’s a small change, but it’s an important one. Users now ‘follow’ podcasts on the app instead of subscribing […]

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Spotify Will Overtake Apple in Podcast Listeners This Year – Analysts Say

Photo Credit: Austin Dietel Analysts’ stats predict Spotify podcast listeners will surpass Apple this year. Here’s a peek at the data. Spotify spent much of the last two years acquiring various podcasting properties. From snapping up Gimlet Media and hosts like Anchor, it appears that investment is starting to take fruit. Analysts’ models predict that […]

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Spotify Facing Defamation Lawsuit Over True Crime Podcast ‘Son of a Hitman’

Photo Credit: Soundtrap Spotify is facing a defamation lawsuit over its true-crime podcast, ‘Son of a Hitman.’ The new lawsuit was brought by an eyewitness to the assassination of a federal judge. The witness testified at the 1980s murder trial of hitman Charles Harrelson. She claims that the Spotify podcast, ‘Son of a Hitman,’ manipulated […]

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Spotify Confirms Its Testing Paid Podcast Subscriptions This Year – Through Anchor

Photo Credit: Spotify Spotify has confirmed it will test paid podcast subscriptions using Anchor later this year. Spotify acquired Anchor, a podcast creation platform, back in 2019. Now it will test a new feature on that platform to allow U.S. creators to publish paid podcast content aimed at dedicated fans. The signups for the beta […]

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The Top 1% of Podcasts Receive 99% of Downloads – Report Reveals

Photo Credit: CoWomen A new report highlights how only 1% of podcasts receive 99% of download distribution. The Axios report shows that only big players can make meaningful revenue from podcasts. It’s why music streaming giants like Spotify, Apple Music, and Amazon are snapping up established podcast producers. Gimlet Media, Wondery, and Parcast are all […]

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Spotify Is Paying Thousands for Anchor Sponsorships – New Report

Photo Credit: Spotify A new report suggests Spotify is paying thousands of dollars for Anchor sponsorships. Spotify reportedly paid $154 million for Anchor in February 2019. The podcast creation tool was part of its three-pronged strategy to expand its podcasting presence. While acquisitions like Gimlet Media and Parcast bring established shows, Spotify hoped Anchor would […]