Inside Podcasting - March 18th, 2019 |

Inside Podcasting (Mar 18th, 2019)

Spotify vs Apple / Invisibilia Draws Criticism / In the Dark

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1. Spotify and Apple have kicked off a war of words. On Thursday, Spotify filed a competition complaint with the European Commission, which claims that the tech giant's 30 percent app store tax "purposely limit[s] choice and stifle[s] innovation at the expense of the user experience." Apple wasted no time accusing Spotify of disguising its financial motivations as "misleading rhetoric." Finally, in a statement provided to Variety on Friday, Spotify referred to Apple as a "monopolist" and said the company's response was "entirely in line with our expectations." While the current brouhaha has no immediate impact on podcasts, it's still early in the game. — APPLE INSIDER

2. Invisibilia is dropping episodes again and this week The Guardian calls the show a "brilliant podcast about the unseen details of everyday life." The positive feedback must have come as a welcome change after many listeners took issue with the reporting on this season's inaugural episode, which addresses chronic pain. The outcry was loud enough for the producers to issue a statement of regret on Twitter and a more in-depth response on the show's website. — TWITTER

3. The first of at least four new episodes of the award-winning podcast In the Dark hits feeds on Tuesday. The updates arrive in anticipation of Wednesday's U.S. Supreme Court hearing in the case of Curtis Flowers, who was the subject of the podcast's second season. The ITD team has also published three articles that provide "context about the forthcoming arguments, Supreme Court precedent, and the women struck during 2010 jury selection." — APM REPORTS

4. I got completely sucked into this "live at SXSW" episode of Recode Decode, in which journalist and host Kara Swisher is rendered speechless, perhaps for the first time ever. "I don't know what to say," says the normally-fearless reporter after controversial comedian Kathy Griffin performs a less-than-flattering impression of Jack Dorsey. The two also unpack the infamous Trump photo, analyze Griffin's ex-friendship with Anderson Cooper and potentially set a new record for the number of swears uttered during a single podcast episode. — RECODE DECODE

5. In anticipation of March Madness, USA Today Sports ran a brackets contest this week — but with podcasts instead of college basketball teams. The big winner was Binge Mode (P.S. If you're looking for March Madness podcasts, I hear this one's pretty good).

6. Omari Hardwick, who stars in the TV show "Power," will debut Poetics in May. The Luminary-backed podcast will feature Hardwick and musicians including Wyclef Jean and Big Daddy Kane discussing hip-hop and reciting poetry. 

7. The Metropolitan New York Library Council and the creators of the Preserve This Podcast campaign are launching a podcast and series of workshops to help producers learn how to protect their files from decay. The show will feature appearances from the people behind An Arm and a Leg, Historically QueerThe Oldest Profession and Spirits.

8. Steve Pratt of Pacific Content has broken down the Infinite Dial results, (which we reported on earlier this month) with Edison Research's Tom Webster. My key takeaways: don't take your eyes off Pandora, consider leveraging the almighty YouTube and while some people genuinely enjoy old school radio during their commute (can you imagine?), smart speakers will change all that.

9. According to a story in the LA Times, influential radio station KCRW, which — fun fact — was the first radio station to run This American Life outside of Chicago, is flush with cash and eager to reinvent itself in a "podcast world." Says the station's president Jennifer Ferro, "Three years ago or four years ago, everybody was like, 'radio is dead'... now, everybody's racing to do audio.”

10. And finally, good things come in fourteens: Pedestrian has compiled 14 true crime pods that are "frankly better than Sword & Scale"; Greenbiz recommends 14 shows about sustainability; and Discover Pods says these are Radiolab's 14 greatest episodes. Enjoy and see you tomorrow.

This newsletter was written and curated by podcast junkie and recovered publicist, Skye Pillsbury. Over the years, Skye has crafted digital media strategies for brands like Yahoo! and Microsoft and worked regularly with media outlets such as the New York Times, Rolling Stone and NPR. Skye was famous for 49 minutes when she and her son were featured in an episode of Gimlet Media’s Heavyweight podcast. Follow her on Twitter @SkyePillsbury.

Editing team: Kim Lyons (Pittsburgh-based journalist and managing editor at Inside); Susmita Baral (senior editor at Inside, who runs the biggest mac and cheese account on Instagram); and David Stegon (senior editor at Inside, whose reporting experience includes cryptocurrency and technology).

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