L’industrie du podcast au Canada et Québec & @PopUpArchive audio/podcast search engine + @Apple = downloads

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Excerpts “… Here’s something you need to know: I’ve learned that Apple has acquired Pop Up Archive, the Oakland-based online platform focused on building tools to transcribe, organize, and search audio files. Among its suite of tools was the podcast search engine Audiosear.ch, which wound down operations on November 28, presumably in the wake of closing the acquisition.
Pop Up Archive https://popuparchive.com/ @PopUpArchive http://twitter.com/PopUpArchive was founded in 2012, and has since grown off an extended series of seed investments and grants from sources like Bloomberg Beta, 500 Startups, and the Knight Foundation, among others. The company also has a close relationship with PRX; in 2012, the two organizations partnered up to build Pop Up’s original web-based archive system.
A quick disclaimer: I’ve collaborated with Pop Up Archive on live events in the past, and have worked extensively with its CEO, Anne Wootton. But I don’t have any additional insight into the move. (Not at this point in time, anyway.) The only official statement I could get from Cupertino said: “Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans.”
That said, I’m pretty sure you can put two and two together with what’s on paper: Apple, long the dominant hands-off steward of the podcast universe, has acquired a technology dedicated to increasing the knowability and sortability of the hundreds of thousands of shows distributed through its Apple Podcast platform. This, as you can imagine, has widespread implications for the ecosystem. Apple is believed to still drive somewhere between 50 to 70 percent of all available podcasts downloads, depending on who’s measuring — it’s near impossible to quantify this with any precision — and it’s further worth noting that this news comes months after Apple’s original announcement of in-episode analytics, which was scheduled to roll out around this end point of the year following the introduction of iOS 11 in September. (Indeed, it’s entirely possible that this has already been happening, perhaps in batches.) …”
http://www.niemanlab.org/2017/12/apple-has-acquired-pop-up-archive-an-interesting-startup-that-makes-podcasts-more-searchable/
Pop Up Archive https://popuparchive.com/ + podcast search engine http://audiosear.ch/

Et l’industrie du podcast au Canada et Québec.

“.. Notes from North of the Border, Part 3. I’m going to wrap this series up with three quick snapshots of the CBC, Radio-Canada, and a freelance producer working in Toronto.
(1) Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. The CBC, of course, plays a considerable role in the country’s budding podcast industry. It functions as the primary provider of jobs, and its various advantages in the space come from the long-established scale, reach, and branding via decades of its legacy in broadcasting. Last month, the CBC welcomed the third season of its true crime podcast, Someone Knows Something, which would go on to drive 2.3 million downloads in the first week. (It should be noted, however, that all six episodes were dropped at once on November 6, a move that’s being deployed more commonly nowadays).

I sent over a few questions to get a better sense of how the CBC is thinking about podcasts, and Susan Marjetti, the organization’s executive director of radio and audio, sent back some responses.

What is the CBC’s perspective on podcasts? Does it see the medium as part of the digital mix, or is it something that may replace broadcast operations one day?

[…]

What’s the general opinion at the CBC about opportunities in the media for young Canadians? One of the bigger trends I’ve noticed is talented young Canadians crossing the border a whole lot, and I’m wondering if the CBC is aggressively thinking about that dynamic and how it’s handling that outflow of talent.

[…]

Hmm.

[…]

Hmm.

(2) Meanwhile, in Quebec. There is also, to be sure, activity in the Francophone region of Quebec. Tally Abecassis, the Montreal-based creator of First Day Back http://firstdaybackpodcast.com/ (now at Stitcher https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/first-day-back-podcast/first-day-back ), was recently on a panel about “the invisible Quebec podcast,” and she was kind enough to share her notes from the festivities. She writes:

“The franco Quebec scenes feels like where the US scene was 3+ years ago. There is a lot of buzz about podcasts, but there aren’t many yet that are made as podcast-only (as opposed to Radio-Canada shows that they throw online). https://www.podchaser.com/podcasts/les-mysterieux-etonnants-530873 Some of note: Les Mysterieux Etonnants http://www.mysterieuxetonnants.com/  https://www.facebook.com/mysterieuxetonnants/ https://vimeo.com/mysterieuxe (about comics), T’es ou Youssef? (a serialized show that looked into one young man’s radicalization). http://ici.radio-canada.ca/emissions/les_samedis_du_monde/2010-2011/chronique.asp?idChronique=428807 http://zonevideo.telequebec.tv/a-z/587/t-es-ou-youssef There are no companies yet selling or brokering ads.”
“The one podcast in French that actually sell ads is one published out of business mag Les Affaires. It’s geared at entrepreneurs and called Les Dérangeants. The host Matthieu Charest was at this panel and he said it wasn’t hard to find sponsors who wanted to reach their listeners (like Desjardins Credit Union, for example). He said they are at 30,000 downloads.” Abecassis would later follow up on those numbers: “Les Dérangeants aimed for 30K downloads, but are at 40K over 13 eps.”
http://www.lesaffaires.com/dossier/les-derangeants/les-derangeants-un-tout-premier-podcast-sur-lesaffairescom/594474
“Otherwise Radio-Canada just released Disparue(s), a cold case mystery along the lines of what the English side did with Someone Knows Something. http://www.cbc.ca/radio/sks It has been a breakout hit and no doubt has done a lot to bring some of the radio audience over to podcasts.”
http://ici.radio-canada.ca/premiere/emissions/gravel-le-matin/segments/entrevue/36979/disparues-marie-paule-rochette-balado-disparue-stephane-berthomet

Radio-Canada http://servicesfrancais.radio-canada.ca/ , by the way, is the franco-wing of the country’s public broadcasting operations. I was able to get in touch with Xavier K. Richard, the digital innovation coordinator at the organization, who explained the structure to me: “As the Canadian Government is bilingual, there are a specific budget for English services and one for French services, and with such budget distinct strategies. CBC Montreal, for example, is part of the English Services budgets. Both CBC and Radio-Canada share local stations around the country, but French employees are quite centralized in Montreal (where is the RC HQ), in Ontario and in local stations of the Province of Quebec, as goes the demography for French Canadians.”

(3) Miscellaneous. As with all scenes, the ecosystem is made up of institutions and disparate independent projects. Over Twitter, Katie Jensen, a Toronto-based freelance producer, flagged two such productions she’s been working on: The Secret Life of Canada http://www.thesecretlifeofcanada.com/ and Safe Space. https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/safe-space/id1194793637?mt=2  http://www.metronews.ca/features/safe-space.html She also highlighted a show by The Globe and Mail, Colour Code, by Hannah Sung and Denise Balkissoon. https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/colour-code-podcast-race-in-canada/article31494658/ Thanks, Katie! …”

Excerpted from:
http://www.niemanlab.org/2017/12/apple-has-acquired-pop-up-archive-an-interesting-startup-that-makes-podcasts-more-searchable/  By Nicholas Quah is the founder and writer of Hot Pod, a newsletter about podcasts that appears on Nieman Lab. http://www.niemanlab.org/author/nquah/

 

 

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