As Amazon Music Plans for Podcasts, Read the Fine Print


PodMov Daily: Wednesday, August 12

Episode 262: Your Midweek Update

As Amazon Music Plans for Podcasts, Read the Fine Print

In an effort to challenge Apple, Google, and Spotify, Amazon and Audible plan to offer podcasts from third parties directly on their platforms. In a “confidential” (widely shared) email on Monday, the company offered many producers the opportunity to submit their shows’ feeds early. But there’s quite a catch.

Those who started the process were greeted with this fine print in the content license agreement: Podcasts “may not include advertising or messages that disparage or are directed against Amazon or any Service,” nor may they “promote or contain […] content that in [Amazon’s] judgment is inappropriate or offensive.”

Based on everything podcasting has stood for since its inception, from the open internet to free speech, these terms are unrealistic to say the least. “Technically, it’s not censorship ― only governments can do that,” says Ben Lovejoy of 9to5Mac. But given the principles of distribution, “it’s a pretty close approximation.”

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Here's what else is going on:

  • Ahoy, matey: Anchor could automatically delete your account without warning, warns James Cridland of Podnews. Repurposing one’s own podcast content may result in automated episode removal (or obliteration of entire accounts) as part of a crackdown on piracy.
  • Danger zone: Why should a podcaster pay for show hosting when they could theoretically host it on their own site? Colin Gray of The Podcast Host explains how storage limitations can sink your progress, both financially and practically: “A podcast makes for a very big file.”
  • Home improvement: In a Spotify for Podcasters post, the creator of Next Stop discusses transforming the most traditional of TV formats into audio. Melissa Locker speaks with Eric Silver about the making of the 10-episode series that “sounds like your favorite ‘90s sitcom.”

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