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episode 97: Spotify layoffs, it's just business? Todd Cochrane 1,628 not out! Podcast.ai brings back Steve Jobs? Phase 6 of Podcast Index announced!

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Special Guests:

  • Todd Cochrane
  • Alban Brooke

Show Notes & Links:

  • Spotify is cancelling eleven of its original shows. Those cancelled represent less than 2% of Spotify’s more than 500 original podcasts; but it’s likely to result in “less than 5% of Spotify’s staff on original podcasts” being laid off.

  • The Gimlet Union and Parcast Union have tweeted a statement about the 38 layoffs across Spotify. They say that some shows lost as much as three-quarters of their audience when going exclusive; and that employees were given as little as an hour to close out their work and leave. 

  • Steven Goldstein suggests that the podcast business is being “right-sized”
  • Spotify has acquired platform safety company Kinzen. 
  • Spotify’s Podsights ad measurement service has launched in the UK, France, Germany, Spain and Italy.
  • Podcast·ai has made a show where Joe Rogan interviews Steve Jobs.

  • Todd Cochrane’s Geek News Central Podcast turns 18 years old this week. The first episode of the show was recorded on Oct 9 2004. It was one of the first shows to launch using the word “podcast”, and is up to episode 1,628.

  • Phase 6 of the new podcast namespace proposes a number of new tags.
    • podcast:events allows for real-time communication back to the podcaster
    • podcast:txt is for freeform content, to replace email addresses as feed verification. 
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 2022-10-14  1h41m