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Podcasting News: CBS Loses to Podcast Troll in Texas Court

On Monday the so-called podcast patent troll, Personal Audio, won in court against CBS. A Marshall, Texas jury found that the television network had infringed on Personal Audio’s podcasting patent, rejecting CBS’s argument that the patent was not valid to begin with. The jury awarded damages of $1.3 million to Personal Audio. The Electronic Frontier […]

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Podcasting News: Alex Blumberg Documents His Podcasting Start Up

Alex Blumberg is trying to launch a podcasting start-up. Appropriately, he is podcasting his journey in his new show, also appropriately named StartUp. Blumberg is not just any podcaster. His resume includes a 15-year stint as a producer on This American Life and co-founding NPR’s Planet Money. That means he takes a well-produced, narrative approach […]

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Podcast Survivor: Why Jesse Thorn Says He Works in Radio

A holiday weekend means it’s been quiet here in Podcast Survivor land. However, this week’s episode of The New Disruptors podcast features a a nice interview with public radio broadcaster, podcaster and menswear enthusiast, Jesse Thorn. He is the founder of the Maximum Fun podcast network, and the host/producer of its flagship Bullseye podcast and […]

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Podcasting News: LA Podfest Schedule; a Decade of Podcast History

In this week’s podcasting news: Ars Technica on a decade of podcasting; LA Podfest schedule; Philadelphia Podfest; Public radio producer on the advantages of podcasting. The Ten Year History of Podcasting Because I dedicated last week’s Podcast Survivor to the dismissal of the podcast patent troll suit, I failed to mention a recent Ars Technica […]

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Podcasting News: Carolla Settles with Podcast Patent Troll

One chapter in the podcast patent troll story has closed. On Friday popular podcaster Adam Carolla and patent company Personal Audio filed a joint motion to dismiss Personal Audio’s suit against Carolla [PDF]. At the end of July news surfaced that Personal Audio said it offered to drop its suit, but that Carolla’s company rejected […]

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Podcast Survivor: Podcast Networks, Part Trois

Generally speaking I don’t cover the debut of many new podcasts, or new podcast networks, for that matter. In part it’s due to practicality–it’s tough to keep up. More importantly, it’s because I’m interested in the underlying structure of podcasting. When I do write about a new show or network it’s spurred by an interesting […]

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NPR One App Represents a Possible Future for Podcasting

Podcasts are really just on-demand audio. However, the medium debuted in the period before nearly-ubiquitous wireless data and wifi. That’s the historical reason why it still relies heavily on downloading, rather than simply streaming programs from the internet like video platforms, such as YouTube, Hulu and Netflix. Of course, it’s also because audio files are […]

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Podcasting News: Apple Buys and Closes Podcast App Swell, and more

It’s been a busy week in podcasting news: Apple buys and closes Swell; The podcast patent troll says it offered to dismiss lawsuit against Adam Carolla; The new Misfit Radio network debuts in the wake of the Mule Radio downsizing. Apple Buys and Closes Swell On Monday Liz Gannes of Re/Code broke the news that […]

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Podcast Survivor July 23, 2014

Podcasting News: Anticipated Overcast App Drops

In this week’s podcasting news: Connecticut’s WNPR-FM dedicates an hour to “the culture and design of podcasts”; the anticipated Overcast app is released. WNPR-FM Explores the “Culture and Design of Podcasts.” Public station WNPR-FM dedicated the Tuesday edition of its morning talk show Where We Live to the topic of podcasts this week. Host John […]

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Podcasting News: Sound Levels are Important, Maron vs. Radio

This week’s podcasting news is mostly just light and fun. Though I’ll start with the very serious business of sound, which is pretty essential to podcasting. Though not expressly about podcasting, per se, public radio producer and journalism professor Adam Ragusea just published a well-researched commentary piece for Current all about audio levels, and why […]

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