This weekend, I was caught up on all my subscribed podcasts and wanted something to listen to while walking the dog. So I actually opened my SiriusXM app and found the week's "Pop2Kountdown" - a snapshot of the Top 30 songs this week during a specific year in the 2000's. It's hosted by my former Syracuse classmate and all around good guy Rich Davis, who does a phenomenal job. For me, the sentimental value is off the charts. I graduated college in 2002, and started full-time in radio in 2004. So if there's a song from that time, I can generally tell you which radio station I played it at, and there's usually a funny story too. My point is this. I listen to a LOT of people talking - podcasts about the news, politics, sports, you name it. And it can burn you out. And with us spending less time in cars, we may not listen to music as much. Throw something on once in awhile, and escape.
OK, this is a podcast about podcasts, so let's get caught up. Apple still has the lion's share of in-app listening, but there are actually MORE podcasts now in Spotify. Apple has roughly 1.7 million shows, but Spotify is up at 1.9 million.
So that's who has the most shows - what about the most listening? I told you in November that Buzzsprout says Spotify listening is quickly catching up to Apple. Well, not according to Libsyn. Apparently the jury is still out. https://podcastbusinessjournal.com/libsyn-apple-still-dominates-by-far/?vgo_ee=MYFFchsNQquCI9pBrYt34RwUnRnlmwiuCIJkd9A7F3A%3D
Also, Spotify released their top shows of 2020. They are, in order:
All the stress of 2020 got you up at night? Some would suggest listening to a light hearted podcast in bed. But here's a podcast designed to help you fall asleep, It's called Sleep Cove - here's the story from PodNews. https://podnews.net/press-release/sleep-cove?utm_source=podnews.net&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=podnews.net:2020-11-27
A service called Poise claims to turn your text into speech - not with AI, but with professional voice actors - with rates of $11 for every 500 words. I'm intrigued, but don't know much about them: https://www.narratedbypoise.com/
And finally, Resonate Recordings says it's best to publish your podcast super early in the morning, and in the middle of the week. As for me, I'm sticking to my current schedule for 5 Minute Fridays - partly for consistency, and partly because I don't want to change the name. https://resonaterecordings.com/2018/05/when-to-release-your-podcast/?utm_source=podnews.net&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=podnews.net:2020-11-27