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Spotify’s CFO Paul Vogel quits (with $12.6mn)

Visit https://podnews.net/update/spotify-cfo-paul-vogel-quits for all the links, and to get our newsletter. After the company laid-off 1,500 people less than three weeks before Christmas, Spotify and its CFO Paul Vogel have “decided to part ways”, according to a bluntly-worded statement. He will leave in March. As we reported yesterday, Vogel sold more than $9.3mn of Spotify shares on the same day the job cuts were announced. He’d previously sold $3.3m in September. HotPod’s Ariel Shapiro notes that Eve Konstan, Spotify’s General …

The company sending bills to podcast directories

Visit https://podnews.net/update/open-rss-more-invoices for all the links, and to get our newsletter. Exclusive: A copyright enforcement company is sending demands for money to podcast directories for reproducing thumbnail images from RSS feeds. Instead of contacting the podcaster or podcast host, as the law allows, they are coming after podcast directories like ours who rely on the open nature of RSS. At stake - a whole lot of money. This story is three months in the making - read it in full. …

Doja Cat and Ice Spice appear on podcast from Instagram

Visit https://podnews.net/update/doja-cat-ice-spice-insta for all the links, and to get our newsletter. First look: Doja Cat and Ice Spice are on the first edition of Close Friends Only, the first podcast from Instagram. The branded show has the two icons diving deep on Instagram - from crazy memes to content from creators they love. It’s produced by Sun-ny Side Up, in collaboration with The Unwell Network; and it’s out tomorrow. Announced earlier this year, Linkfire has placed its linking tool live …

Spotify lays off 1,500; companies might lose IAB certification

Visit https://podnews.net/update/spotify-layoffs-iab-certification for all the links, and to get our newsletter. After reporting its first quarterly profit for more than a year, Spotify is laying off 17% of its workforce, according to an email sent by Daniel Ek to employees. Approximately 1,500 jobs will be affected by the cuts. “I realize that for many, a reduction of this size will feel surprisingly large given the recent positive earnings report and our performance,” Ek wrote - the layoffs are in addition …

iOS 17 has cut Apple’s download numbers

Visit https://podnews.net/update/ios17-analysis for all the links, and to get our newsletter.How has iOS 17 affected downloads from Apple Podcasts? We look at stats from the biggest independent podcast company in “The Tech Stuff” Podcast app Castro is “actively seeking a new home with new owners”. Last week, we reported that Mohit Mamoria, a former Castro employee who works for Tiny, Castro’s current owners, said it was to close; but “any communication or publication regarding the app's future is not official …

More precise targeting to bring local ad boom

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Spotify launches 2023 Wrapped for Podcasters

In Podnews today: And does frequency capping work as well as it should for podcasts?Visit https://podnews.net/update/spotify-2023-wrapped for all the links, and to get our newsletter.

Podcast app Castro reaches the end of the road

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Company plans to cut out podcast ads

In Podnews today: It skips the ads automatically, and your podcast will probably be thereVisit https://podnews.net/update/auddia-ad-free-podcasts for all the links, and to get our newsletter.Image: Matt Artz

Mind the revenue gap - rest-of world lags behind

In Podnews today: Why is the UK only getting 22% of the money it ought to? Will Page looks at the numbers.Visit https://podnews.net/update/15-miles-to-the-revenue-gap for all the links, and to get our newsletter.Image: Angy DS