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SiriusXM acquires podcast analytics company Simplecast

SiriusXM acquires podcast analytics company Simplecast

SiriusXM, the company still best known for its satellite radio service, has acquired another company: Simplecast. The analytics and podcast management company joins SiriusXM's own push into the increasingly crowded market, something the company says will help podcasters earn more revenue. With extra help from the SiriusXM-Pandora team and the resources they bring, Simplecast says it will be able to significantly speed up its roadmap.

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Google Podcasts app gets support for Apple’s CarPlay

Google Podcasts app gets support for Apple’s CarPlay

Google Podcasts, the company's audio show app that has steadily evolved from a barebones offering to something more sophisticated, has finally added support for Apple's CarPlay automotive platform. With this support, iPhone owners can use the Google Podcasts app to stream their favorite shows in their vehicle using CarPlay, making it a bit more useful for those who often listen to content while driving.

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Joe Rogan podcast a Spotify exclusive by end of 2020

Joe Rogan podcast a Spotify exclusive by end of 2020

One of the most popular podcasts in the world, The Joe Rogan Experience, will have a Spotify release date of September 1, 2020. At the end of the year, here in 2020, the Joe Rogan podcast will be available ONLY on Spotify. Joe Rogan's podcast will no longer be available through Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, or any other platform, at all.

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Video podcasts could be Spotify’s next big thing

Video podcasts could be Spotify’s next big thing

With music streaming cornered, Spotify has been attempting to make a name for itself in the podcast space for quite some time now. There are a lot of platforms that host podcasts out there though, which means there's a lot of competition for Spotify. It seems that the company is testing a new feature that could help it stand out from other platforms: Video podcasts.

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Anchor podcast creation app can now turn videos into audio

Anchor podcast creation app can now turn videos into audio

Podcast creation app Anchor has been updated with a new feature that's arguably critical for audio show creators. In an update on Tuesday, Anchor said that it now supports transforming videos from major platforms like Skype into podcast audio files, which can then be edited like any other audio files. The feature simplifies things for podcast creators who want to focus on the content, not the technical aspects.

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iHeartMedia plans podcast for 2020 celebrity commencement speeches

iHeartMedia plans podcast for 2020 celebrity commencement speeches

Audio company iHeartMedia is planning a special podcast for the 2020 graduation class, which will miss their graduations due to the coronavirus pandemic. This special will include recorded speeches from a large number of celebrities and notable figures, including Chelsea Handler, Eli Manning, Hilary Clinton, Jimmy Fallon, John Legend, and more.

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Google Podcasts for iOS release reveals big new redesign

Google Podcasts for iOS release reveals big new redesign

Google Podcasts has arrived on iOS, promising another distraction for iPhone-owning listeners currently on coronavirus lockdown. The app follows Google Podcasts for Android, and is also joined by an updated version of the service for web, which now supports subscriptions like its app counterparts.

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iHeartMedia is turning its most popular podcasts into books

iHeartMedia is turning its most popular podcasts into books

iHeartMedia, the company behind iHeartRadio, has teamed up with Flatiron Books to establish a new imprint for podcasts turned into books. The new imprint is called 'Stuff You Should Read: An iHeartBook,' according to Flatiron, which reports that it will kick things off with four books based on popular podcasts from the iHeartPodcast Network. 'Stuff You Should Know' is among the first podcasts to have reached one billion downloads.

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Spotify’s redesigned podcast show pages add featured trailers

Spotify’s redesigned podcast show pages add featured trailers

Spotify has 'refreshed' its Podcast Show page with new tools to help users find the content they're most interested in. In addition to the new category tags that simplify finding similar content, the Podcast Show page also now features show trailers, which are exactly what they sound like. With these, users can get a quick preview of the show before deciding whether to stream or download.

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Overcast update adds major new features for podcast enthusiasts

Overcast update adds major new features for podcast enthusiasts

Overcast, the podcast app that was introduced in 2014, has been updated with some major new features that'll appeal to people who regularly listen to podcasts. In addition to making the entire listening experience more pleasant by normalizing audio, Overcast now also makes it easier to get directly to the meat of each episode, scrubbing the obnoxious parts of the audio track.

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Apple Podcasts on Amazon Alexa and Echo devices now

Apple Podcasts on Amazon Alexa and Echo devices now

Starting today, the Apple Podcasts system is available Amazon's latest version of Alexa software on all Echo devices and other Alexa-enabled devices. This is not the only way one can listen to podcasts on an Echo device, but it is the first time that the Apple Podcasts ecosystem is available with Alexa. This system provides another pathway for Apple and Amazon users to share with one another.

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Pandora finally brings podcasts to its desktop app

Pandora finally brings podcasts to its desktop app

Nearly one year ago, music streaming service Pandora launched podcasts on its platform, but they were only available through its mobile apps. That has finally changed with the arrival of podcasts on its desktop app for Windows and Mac, as well as the Pandora.com website. With this change, users can easily access podcasts while working on their laptop, streamlining their activities.

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