podcasts

US podcast ad revenues hit record $314 million in 2017

The U.S. podcasting industry had a record year in 2017, reaching $314 million in revenue – a figure that’s up 86 percent from the $169 million in 2016, according to new study out this morn

Scout.fm turns podcasts into personalized talk radio

Scout.fm wants to change the way people listen to podcasts. Instead of scouring through the over 500,000 shows in your current podcast app, this startup’s new curated podcast service will just a

Plex adds support for podcasts, debuts personalized mobile apps

At CES in January, TechCrunch broke the news that media software maker Plex was planning to expand its service with the addition of new media content, starting with podcasts. Today, it’s making

Podcast app Castbox raises $13.5 million, launches its own original programming

Riding high on the growing consumer demand for podcasts, a startup called Castbox this morning announced the close of $13.5 million in Series B funding for its technology-fueled podcast app. The round

Anchor's new app offers everything you need to podcast

Broadcasting app Anchor, which helps anyone record and share audio, is relaunching its app today with a new focus on serving the larger podcaster community. While in the past, Anchor was carving out a

As tech automates, Blinkist keeps its book summary service very human

When I first heard of Blinkist, a service that breaks down recent nonfiction books to easily digestible snippets, I was afraid it would turn out to be some machine-learning-driven auto-summary thing.

Podcasts are coming to Plex, followed by web series and other digital media

This past fall, media software maker Plex expanded its service with the integration of a dedicated news hub within its app -- a feature that arrived by way of its acquisition of streaming news startu

Apple buys podcast search startup Pop Up Archive

Apple’s played a central role in podcast since its earliest days — heck, even the term was borrowed from its big hardware product at the time. But the company’s marketshare appears to have erode

After raising $16M in funding, CastBox plans to fix podcast discovery

More people than ever are listening to podcasts, but as they soon find out, discovering new ones is a cumbersome process that lacks the serendipity users take for granted in other apps. CastBox wants

Art19 gets $7.5 million in funding to build out its podcasting platform

Even in many podcasting circles, Art19 isn’t exactly a household name. The startup has largely operated behind the scenes, without much in the way of active promotion. Even so, the companies that ha

Apple drops the iTunes name from its Podcasts app

Apple has officially dropped the iTunes branding from its Podcasts app. It’s small change, and one that arrived with little fanfare from the company, outside of a few tweets from the department’s

Author Ryan Holiday talks about the value of stoicism in a high-tech world

Ryan Holiday made his bones as a PR guy and then revolted against the industry in his tell-all book Trust Me, I’m Lying and then, after much soul-searching, came to embrace the ancient philosoph

Tobias Stone talks about identity, cryptography, and the future of citizenship

In this episode of Technotopia I walk to Tobias Stone, a writer, entrepreneur, and academic. Tobias has been writing on Trump and Brexit and worked with Identity.ee, a workgroup focused on cryptograph

CoSMo CEO Michel Morvan talks about augmented intelligence

Michel Morvan is the CEO of The CoSMo Company, a big data service provider and insight generator. He knows how to use AI to help C-level execs make decisions and he thinks the current crop of AI is ju

Google Play unveils its first original podcast series, ‘City Soundtracks’

Google Play is adding its first original podcast series, called “City Soundtracks,” to its music service, Google announced this morning. The series will feature interviews with various mus

Spotify expands its push into original content with new podcasts

Spotify is expanding its podcast selection today, with the announcement that it’s adding three new original podcast series on its service, with plans for more originals to arrive later this year

60dB brings personalized, short-form audio stories to iPhone and soon, Echo

A new mobile application called 60dB, launching today, wants to offer a better, more personalized radio service focused on short-form audio content. The app includes news, sports, business, entertain

Apple’s iTunes soon to serve up “Spoken Editions” of publishers’ content

If you prefer listening to the news over reading the news, you’ll soon have a new way to do so, via iTunes. In the near future, you’ll be able to browse through a variety of podcasts focu

Walter Duncan of Quick Key has some fascinating fixes for our edtech problems

Guys like Walter Duncan know what they’re talking about when it comes to edtech. Before becoming co-founder of Quick Key, Duncan spent years teaching in schools public and private and knows what

Rightspeed helps you devour audio books at a terrifying pace

Podcasts and audio books are enjoying tremendous popularity at the moment, and the fresh-off-the-app-presses app Rightspeed is a $2.99 iOS app that's here to help you speed-listen your way through you
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