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  • Episode Artwork vs Show Artwork on Podcasts

    In recent weeks and months, a lot of major podcasts have belatedly started adding “Episode Artwork” to their titles. Podcasts have long had artwork of course – a square shaped image that is used to accompany the title of a podcast and is seen in most podcast apps. This is what Apple refers to as…

    Episode Artwork vs Show Artwork on Podcasts
  • The UK Podcast Consumer 2024 – Edison Research

    The UK Podcast Consumer 2024 – Edison Research

    Earlier today, Edison Research held a webinar releasing the results of their 2024 UK Podcast Consumer research. This builds on some of the findings that they have already released as part of their Edison Podcast Metrics reports. Gabriel Soto, Senior Director of Research at Edison Research, presented the findings, which Edison has made available on…

  • RAJAR MIDAS Report – Spring 2024

    RAJAR MIDAS Report – Spring 2024

    RAJAR has just released a summary of its latest MIDAS report for Spring 2024. The fieldwork was carried out in April 2024 amongst 2,143 former RAJAR respondents aged 15+ who were asked to complete a 7-day audio diary. The report compares all forms of listening: live radio, catch-up radio, podcasts, on-demand music service (e.g. Spotify),…

  • Edison Podcast Metrics UK – Top 25 Q1 2024

    Edison Podcast Metrics UK – Top 25 Q1 2024

    The latest Edison Research Podcast Metrics for the UK have just been published with a top 25 based on reach during Q1 2024. This follows previous releases for Q4 2024, Q3 2024 and Q2 2024. Here’s the full chart: The top four titles are unchanged compared to last quarter. But here’s the list again with…

  • The Podcast Show 2024

    The Podcast Show 2024

    The 2024 edition of The Podcast Show in London has just wrapped up, and I thought it was worth jotting down some thoughts, some things I learned, and some themes that seemed prevalent this year. I should add the proviso that there were lots of sessions taking place at any given time – perhaps 8-10…

  • RAJAR Q1 2024

    RAJAR Q1 2024

    This post is brought to you in association with RALF from DP Software and Services. I’ve used RALF for the many years, and it’s my favourite RAJAR analysis tool. So I am delighted that I continue to be able to bring you this RAJAR analysis in association with RALF. For more details on the product, contact Deryck Pritchard via…

  • Aurora Borealis – Video

    Aurora Borealis – Video

    During the excitement on Friday (and early Saturday), I shot a few minutes of video footage which I’ve embedded above. This video has been sped up about 4x speed to show the lighting effects better off.

  • Aurora Borealis

    Aurora Borealis

    Today there was a massive geomagnetic storm that hit the earth, causing a solar storm across much of the northern hemisphere. In turn, this meant that the aurora borealis, was suddenly much more likely to become visible even as far south as London. I live on the northern edge of London, so headed off with…

  • TCS London Marathon 2024

    TCS London Marathon 2024

    On Sunday, I completed the 2024 TCS London Marathon, in a time of 3:47:59. It was both exhilarating and exhausting. As long-time readers of this blog may know, I started running – or more accurately re-started – during lockdown. In particular, I began with Couch to 5K, the app developed by the BBC and the…

  • Ofcom Podcast Survey 2024

    Ofcom Podcast Survey 2024

    Once again, Ofcom has published its survey data for both its Podcast and Audio surveys. This year, Ofcom has published a report based on both sets of data, and it’s well worth a read through. But, as with previous releases, I’m going to dig into the 2024 podcast data in particular. 2023 Ofcom Podcast Survey…

  • Death of the Local Bike Shop

    Death of the Local Bike Shop

    Last week I walked by the branch of Evans Cycles, just around the corner from where I work. It had a sign in the window indicating that it would be closing down in May 2024. The LBS – or Local Bike Shop – is in trouble. Indeed, the entire bike industry is going through something…

  • Two Recent “Seriously” Podcast Episodes

    Two Recent “Seriously” Podcast Episodes

    The Seriously podcast feed from BBC Radio 4 is always worth subscribing to, and I particularly enjoyed a couple of recent episodes. Dehumidified starts with a seemingly small-scale scam selling fairly useless dehumidifiers to the unwary. Producer Polly Weston does a quick Google to help inform her about which dehumidifier she should get to help…

  • Radio on the TV

    Radio on the TV

    Today comes news that Bauer is winding down the availability of its radio services on Freeview. This follows their previous departure from satellite and cable. So services like Absolute Radio, Kiss, Magic and Greatest Hits Radio will no longer be available on TV platforms – at least without using some kind of smart TV app…

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