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    March 1, 2021 · Guide,Tips,Podcast Promtion
    Understanding your own show is a key step towards audience growth Podcasts come in all shapes and sizes – different formats, lengths, genres – but ultimately they tend to fall into three distinct types of show. So what are these three types and why do they matter to us? In our last article we...
    March 1, 2021 · Industry news
    Spotify lives and breathes podcasts Spotify's latest financial results outline how its big move into podcasting is helping the company gain – and keep – customers. The audio streaming giant credited the part its 2.2 million podcasts – a figure that has tripled in the past year – played in the...
    March 1, 2021 · Industry news
    No more furrowed browse Podz claims it can help podcasters grow their audiences by doing away with the "ancient" way listeners find new shows. The startup has addressed the issue of podcasts being difficult to browse compared to other media, automating the creation of minute-long clips that are...
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