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Apple’s new paid podcast subscription service is missing one crucial thing

Apple's new paid podcast subscription service is missing one crucial thing

Paid podcasts are coming to Apple. However, the new subscription service is missing something crucial. 

At Apple’s big 420 event this week, the biggest player in the podcast distribution space announced that creators will be able to sell subscriptions to their shows right on Apple Podcasts as early as next month. As interesting as Apple’s platform looks (and we’ll get to that in a second), there’s a major component it’s lacking: The company will not be providing podcast creators with their subscribers’ details. 

That means no names, no emails, no way to reach out to subscribers outside of the podcast content. Creators won’t know who is paying to listen to their show — even though Apple will. Read more…

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Now even President Biden has a podcast (sort of)

Now even President Biden has a podcast (sort of)

What do your ex, your colleague, your colleague’s roommate’s cousin, and President Biden have in common? They’ve all got a podcast.

Well, sort of. 

The New York Times reported Friday that President Biden is reviving the weekly presidential address in an of-the-moment format. Each week, the White House will release “A Weekly Conversation” in which Biden speaks to the public, and even chats with citizens in what the Times described as “recreating the informal style of popular podcasts.”

MC Joe on the mic!

The first edition dropped Saturday as a YouTube video and on social media. In it, Biden speaks on the phone with a California woman about her experience of being laid off and trying to acquire benefits during the pandemic.  Read more…

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HBO reportedly leaving Amazon Prime in 2021 to make way for HBO Max

HBO reportedly leaving Amazon Prime in 2021 to make way for HBO Max

The streaming wars are about to get messier for HBO subscribers.

WarnerMedia’s newest streaming app, HBO Max, finally made it onto Amazon’s Fire TV platforms, like its tablet, Stick, and Cube. That’s not to be confused with HBO, the channel, subscriptions for which are available through Amazon Prime Video Channels (and which let you use HBO Max separately as well). Though apparently not for much longer.

The new HBO Max streaming service, which offers up material from the full WarnerMedia catalog (including DC Films, CrunchyRoll, TCM, and others), made it to Amazon devices in November, about six months after its May launch. But for the streaming service to finally arrive on Amazon devices, something had to give.  Read more…

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