PodMov Daily: Wednesday, April 28
Episode 417: Your Midweek Update
Spotify Launches Podcast Subscriptions on Anchor
Spotify will soon let podcasters on Anchor offer subscriptions to their shows. Select shows and partners, like NPR, are in business. The waitlist opened yesterday. Compared to Apple’s 30% cut, Spotify’s sticker price will be hard to beat: It won’t charge creators until 2023, after which it’ll take just 5%.
A main tradeoff between the two is the subscription process itself. On Apple Podcasts, listeners can subscribe with the tap of a button. Spotify won’t let them subscribe directly within the app, instead routing them to a separate site. Those who prefer to listen anywhere other than Spotify will be given a private RSS feed.
The creator-subscriber relationship void is currently the same as Apple’s: No names or email addresses will be provided. However, Anchor was prepared to avoid that particular criticism: “We also expect to add functionality in the near future that enables creators to contact their subscriber base directly.”
PM Update: Virtual PM21 Options and New Events
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Here's what else is going on:
- Keystone species: Podcasting needs its indie creators, writes Nick Hilton in Pod Culture. The space is getting hostile, and acquisition news means “absolutely nothing” to most. “But the concerns of indie podcasters are not distinct from the concerns of podcasting in general.”
- Gather round: On Friday at 1:00 pm ET, Juleyka Lantigua-Williams will visit PMU to introduce the Podcasting, Seriously Awards Fund. The Fund supports independent BIPOC, Queer and Trans audio producers in submitting work to media/journalism awards. Followed by a Q&A.
- Study skills: Borrowing a brilliant maneuver from another podcast producer is more like flattery than stealing, jokes Rob Rosenthal of HowSound. He dissects an episode of The Experiment by The Atlantic, specifically its “theft worthy” interview questions and clever writing tricks.