Spotify acquires Podz, a podcast discovery platform – TechCrunch

Podcasts are all the fashion, however podcast discovery is a problem. At this time, Spotify introduced its acquisition of Podz, a startup that’s making an attempt to resolve the issue of podcast discovery.

“At Spotify, we’re investing to construct and scale the world’s greatest (and most personalised) podcast discovery expertise,” the company said. “We consider that Podz’ expertise will complement and speed up Spotify’s centered efforts to drive discovery, ship listeners the correct content material on the proper time, and speed up progress of the class worldwide.”

Since podcasts are normally upward of 30 minutes lengthy, it’s arduous for listeners to browse new exhibits — listening to an episode of a podcast isn’t as straightforward as making an attempt out a tune by a brand new artist. So, Podz developed what it known as “the primary audio newsfeed,” presenting customers with 60-second clips from numerous exhibits. Podcasters typically use apps like Headliner to create clips to advertise on their social media accounts, and Podz follows the identical thought. However as an alternative of podcasters manually selecting easy methods to promote their present, Podz chooses a clip utilizing its machine studying mannequin, which was skilled on greater than 100,000 hours of audio in session with journalists and audio editors.

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Earlier than its acquisition by Spotify, Podz raised $2.5 million in pre-seed funding from M13, Canaan Companions, Cost Ventures, and Humbition. Celebrities like Katie Couric and Paris Hilton additionally invested.

“Already, the typical podcast listener subscribes to seven podcasts however follows virtually 30 on Podz,” M13 Common Companion Latif Peracha advised TechCrunch through e mail in February. “Early indicators make us optimistic the crew can construct a transformative product within the class.”

This acquisition marks yet one more signal of Spotify’s ambition to nook the podcasting market, and audio leisure usually — simply yesterday, Spotify debuted Greenroom, its stay audio Clubhouse rival. And in terms of driving income from podcast subscriptions, Spotify and Apple are neck and neck. In April, Apple introduced its enlargement into podcast subscriptions, and the next week, Spotify started rolling out its subscription platform after teasing it in February. Apple mentioned it can take 30% of podcast income within the first 12 months, which is able to drop to 15% within the second. However, Spotify’s program received’t take any minimize from creators till 2023, when it can take 5%.

Although podcast creators can rapidly decide that it would show extra useful to give up 5% of their subscription earnings than 30%, listeners will doubtless simply flock to no matter app supplies the very best consumer expertise — and if Spotify’s funding in discovery pays off, it might pose bother for Apple’s longstanding dominance within the podcasting medium.