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Podcast wars: $100 million startup Luminary launches tomorrow without Reply All or The Daily

It took less than a day for Luminary to become enemy number one of the podcast industry. Last month, on the same day that it unveiled its subscription podcast service, the company tweeted a typed-out image of a bunny holding a sign: “Podcasts don’t need ads.

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The podcast industry is growing out of its teen years — and facing a new identity struggle

Welcome to Hot Pod, a newsletter about podcasts. This is issue 199, published March 12, 2019. A tipping point.

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Here’s why we’re entering the Golden Age of Podcasts (in 10 graphs)

Podcasts have been around since at least 2004. But unlike text-based news and blogs, which have gone through waves of centralization and disruption thanks to Facebook and Google, the podcast industry has remained stubbornly decentralized.

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Podcasts Surge, but Producers Fear Apple Isn’t Listening

Steven P. Jobs put his talent as a master salesman to the test when, in 2005, he introduced new Apple software for downloading digital audio shows. The format was so incipient that he struggled to describe it. But he was clear about the potential. “It’s getting very, very exciting,” he said.

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