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What does “legitimacy” mean in an open industry? Plus: Is there really still a difference between podcasting and radio? A London station is trying to find out.
“Habit is something that has always been in our DNA, but we haven’t called it that.”
Plus: A fair-use fracas, audio rom-coms without a business strategy, and the overwhelming whitemaleness of podcast acquisitions.
Can the streaming audio giant really turn Bill Simmons’ operation into “the next ESPN”? Or is the goal of building “the world’s flagship sports audio network” too ambitious?
Plus: Sony keeps investing in podcast companies, more changes at the BBC, and the state of podcast mercy.
Plus: new leadership coming to the BBC, a Scottish podcast network debuts, and a Public Radio Palooza.
Plus: Morgan Stanley says Spotify has passed Apple, Slow Burn moves from Tupac to David Duke, and: Do you know any good producers?
By giving advertisers better targeting and better data, the streaming giant is using a weapon unavailable to the open podcast space, which still mostly sees ads as opaque MP3 files.
Apple and Spotify battle back and forth, conflicts over freelancer status, metrics stabilize, shows respond to platform incentives, and maybe new rules for music licensing.