Why One of Spotify’s Biggest Exclusive Podcasters is Leaving


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Why One of Spotify's Biggest Exclusive Podcasters is Leaving

One of Spotify’s biggest exclusive podcasters is hitting the road. Joe Budden announced on his latest episode that by September 23, he and his show will no longer be exclusive to the platform. Ashley Carman of The Verge describes the comments as “an opportunity to scorch Spotify and detail his history with the company.”

Despite his success and following, Budden says, the company denied bonuses and Christmas Day vacation in a series of tight-fisted interactions. “That was the first time it dawned on me that Spotify is pillaging,” he says. “You’ve continued to pillage each step of the way without any regard for [the fans.]”

The company has since responded with a “considerable offer.” Budden turned it down. Carman describes his disillusionment: “He suggests that Spotify’s only interested in finding new popular shows rather than feeding the podcasting ‘ecosystem.’” Other popular podcasters, like creators of The Nod, share the sentiment. 

To Find and Book Podcast Guests, Be a Chase Producer

For a compelling podcast, says Steve Robinson of Pacific Content, you’ll want to “include interesting voices in your show that really help to structure, deepen and propel your narrative.” How can you ensure your guests bring top-notch conversation? Robinson refers podcasters to the world of chase production.

“On paper, the role of a chase producer is pretty simple: locate guests and book them to appear on your show or program. In practice, it’s a bit more complicated,” Robinson says. “For starters, finding the appropriate voice isn’t always easy.” To find ideal guests, podcasters need to be asking the right questions.

Robinson says to be persistent, even on social media. “The key is to be resourceful in digging around for information and tracking people down.” It’s also important to remember that your podcast is an opportunity. Be confident: “Requesting an interview may feel like asking for a favour, but in fact it’s the other way around.”

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There is strange comfort in knowing that no matter what happens today, the sun will rise again tomorrow.

Here's what else is going on:

  • Next step: The next webinar of Podcasting, Seriously is this Saturday at 1:00 pm EDT. Juleyka Lantigua-Williams will present “I’m Already in Podcasting, But Want to Power Up & Build Long-Term.” The session on fundraising, IP, and collaboration includes an extended Q&A.
  • Checking in: The Philadelphia Podcasting Society is asking local hosts, “What do you need right now?” The 10-question #phillypodcount survey is “designed to inform the society on how it can help local podcasters who usually benefit from the Philadelphia Podcast Festival.”
  • Double time: According to Podnews, the IAB Tech Lab has issued a notice about Apple Watches resulting in inflated podcast numbers. As of October 1, “any downloads to the Apple Watch will ‘no longer be counted toward any totals reported for the podcasting industry.’”
  • Micro nap: Eric Eddings And Brittany Luse have turned their acclaimed podcast The Nod into a TV series on Quibi. The co-hosts spoke with RaVal Davis of Forbes about the Gimlet Pictures deal. On Davis' podcast, the conversation turns to contract negotiation and more.

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