Categories
Latest News

BBC invests in open podcasting champion Pocket Casts

Advertisement

Pocket Casts Home Page on Galaxy S9

Pocket Casts Home Page on Galaxy S9Source: Android Central

What you need to know

  • The BBC has invested an undisclosed amount of capital into Pocket Casts.
  • The public broadcaster is throwing its weight behind Pocket Casts' vision of an open and free ecosystem for podcasts.
  • This is in contrast to Spotify, which has recently been trying to grow its subscriber base by offering more exclusive content.

Unlike Spotify's plans for building a massive library of exclusive content, Pocket Casts argues for an open and free ecosystem for podcasts. And its found natural allies in the world of public media, the latest of these being the BBC, which has decided to invest in the Spotify-competitor.

Advertisement

While neither party has disclosed the amount of the investment, Pocket Casts CEO Owen Grover was quick to point out the BBC's support of his company's vision:

[The BBC is] incredibly aligned with the model that we're pursuing. We're focused around open ecosystem. We're thinking about the necessity of a sustainable future for the medium. We stand for open access rather than walled gardens.

Leaving aside the apparent dig at Spotify, the partnership with the BBC does more for Pocket Casts than just helping pay the bills. Grover points out that the support of public media companies can also help the app grow its audience, as radio hosts encourage listeners to try the app out or to even tune into their regular programming via a podcast on the app.

Get protected with deals from ExpressVPN, PureVPN, Surfshark & more

The strategy has shown some success according to the company's internal data, Grover told The Verge

in an interview. Whether this support can help it effectively compete with Spotify's vastly superior resources in the long term, however, remains to be seen.

If you bought Pocket Casts' web app, you now get Pocket Casts Plus for life

The Google Play Store is getting a dark theme toggleThe Google Play Store is getting a dark theme toggle

The Google Play Store is getting a dark theme toggle

You may soon be able to switch between dark and light modes on the Play Store app with a dedicated theme toggle.

Are you going to use a screen protector on your Galaxy S20?Are you going to use a screen protector on your Galaxy S20?

Are you going to use a screen protector on your Galaxy S20?

The Galaxy S20 has a gorgeous 120Hz AMOLED display, and keeping it safe is a must. If you're getting the phone, do you plan on picking up a screen protector to go along with it?

I'm going back to Spotify because YouTube Music still kind of sucksI'm going back to Spotify because YouTube Music still kind of sucks

I'm going back to Spotify because YouTube Music still kind of sucks

I tried to make YouTube Music my new streaming service, and I did — for about two months. Here's where the service let me down and what ultimately pushed me back to Spotify.

Get the most out of these smart devices and services with Google AssistantGet the most out of these smart devices and services with Google Assistant

Get the most out of these smart devices and services with Google Assistant

The Google Assistant is the most useful smart voice assistant for getting your questions answered and keeping track of your digital life, but it's also great at helping you control your smart home devices and services.

Original Article

Advertisement

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.