iHeartMedia, the megalithic company formerly known as Clear Channel Communications, recently moved from the distribution side of the digital fence to the production side. iHeart has been active in providing various digital streams across a plethora of platforms for years. The company already includes some podcasts in its directory thru a partnership with Spreaker. Now, like so many other established content purveyors, iHeartMedia will begin producing a number of original shows, specifically as podcasts. These shows will be distributed thru all of the usual digital channels and some may even be heard on iHeart’s network of terrestrial radio stations.
Here’s a list of these new podcasts:
- Skybound Rundown: Focused on indie games, hosted by “indie gamers.”
- The Vent: An advice show for moms, hosted by actress Jaime Pressly.
- Heart of the Beat: Musical artists discuss how their songs were made.
- Get Mic’d: A realty-style talent show where judges find “the next great iHeartMedia DJ.”
- Who Is Marty Hirsch?: A parody/mockumentary style show that will feature the voices of celebrity musicians “documenting” the life and times of a fictitious media mogul.
There’s no official word yet as to when these new shows will debut or what their typical running times will be. Along with the new podcast announcement, iHeartMedia also announced a partnership with popular instant messaging app Snapchat. But details of just how these two services will interact is still under wraps.
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Podcast host and media-streaming service Spreaker has added a new feature to its statistics package. Users who subscribe to one of Spreaker’s Broadcaster Pro plans and share their media on YouTube can now see YouTube stats for those shared items from within the Spreaker dashboard. From the Spreaker blog:
We’re excited to introduce a new figure to your podcasts’ analytics!
Spreaker has always been the only podcasting platform out there allowing you to export your content to Youtube. It only makes sense to have your plays there counted towards your overall stats, too.
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There’s always been a noticeable lack of podcast production tools for Android users compared to iOS. But podcast hosting/live-streaming company Spreaker is working to change that with the release of its Spreaker Studio app for Android. From the Spreaker blog:
We’ve punched up our app to include everything you’ve wanted – the ability to add songs and sound effects while you go live, toggle the microphone, and more so that you can take over the entire production of your own podcast or radio show.
Push REC at the top and choose to go live or record and then publish later. Make sure to adjust the microphone and switch it to ON to keep it on the entire time your broadcast, or hold down Push to Talk to only record vocals when you need to. Want to play songs? Tap on Add New Song to start pulling songs from your device, and set them on the decks. Play as you go, or choose Auto DJ to let the playlist run on its own. And don’t forget to tap on any of the sound effects on the right to add extra flair to your content.
When going live, you’ll get a chance to set up your track’s info before you go on the air. When recording offline, your track will instead be placed in your Drafts collection as soon as you choose to publish it.
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Podcast host and live-streaming company Spreaker has provided some new features to users of its Pro service. Now, these users can fully customize their RSS feeds, including their iTunes tags. Previously, Spreaker would automatically fill out those tags using information entered into a show’s profile page. From the Spreaker blog post linked above:
Users with every Pro plan, from On-Air Talent to Station, now you can manually customize your RSS feed!
Have complete control over your distributed content’s presentation and iTunes page.
All of you, including Free Speech users, can already copy and paste the RSS feed link we provide directly into your iTunes page or favorite feed burner. The link will automatically extract the information you provided on your show’s Spreaker page and use it on your iTunes page.
Now, Pro users can modify this information. In your show’s edit page, select RSS Feed Customization on the menu at the right. Switch the toggle to MANUAL. You can edit the title, subtitle, summary, image, and much more.
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