Apple Could, And Should, Create Original Podcasts

· Charlotte Henry · Analysis

Apple is now making original video content, but could it make original podcasts, a format its products basically invented, and, if so, how?

Spotify Encourages Journalists to Plug in Random USB Drives

· Andrew Orr · Link

As part of a promotion for a podcast, Spotify sent USB drives to journalists. But the move was criticized by computer security researchers.

But anyone with basic security training under their hat — which here at TechCrunch we do — will know to never plug in a USB drive without taking some precautions first.

Plugging in random USB drives is a bigger problem than you might think. Elie Bursztein, a Google security researcher, found in his own research that about half of all people will plug into their computer random USB drives.

I doubt anyone at Spotify was clueless about the security risk. But negative publicity is still publicity.

Apple Podcasts Come to Alexa Devices

· Charlotte Henry · News

Apple Podcasts are now available on Amazon Echo devices via Alexa, as are podcasts that are available on Spotify.

Spotify Reaches 113 Million Paid Subscribers

· Andrew Orr · Link

Spotify announced that it reached 113 million paid subscribers around the world, and it’s growing twice as fast as Apple Music.

We continue to feel very good about our competitive position in the market. Relative to Apple, the publicly available data shows that we are adding roughly twice as many subscribers per month as they are. Additionally, we believe that our monthly engagement is roughly 2x as high and our churn is at half the rate.

Spotify Wants to Track Your Location so Friends Don't Use a Family Plan

· Andrew Orr · Link

In more location tracking news today, Spotify wants to track yours because non-family members sometimes use Family Plans *gasp!*.

“The changes to the policy allow Spotify to arbitrarily use the location of an individual to ascertain if they continue to reside at the same address when using a family account, and it’s unclear how often Spotify will query users’ devices for this information,” said Christopher Weatherhead, technology lead for UK watchdog group Privacy International, adding that there are “worrying privacy implications.”

Gimlet and WSJ Launching New Podcast

· Charlotte Henry · News

Gimlet WSJ The Journal

Gimlet, the Spotify-owned podcasting firm, and the Wall Street Journal will formally launch their podcast collaboration, ‘The Journal’, today.

Siri May Soon be Able to Play Spotify Content

· Charlotte Henry · News

Spotify and Apple are reportedly in talks to allow Siri to play content from the music streaming service, despite an ongoing antitrust battle.

Ed Sheeran is Absolutely Dominating Spotify

· Charlotte Henry · News

Ed Sheeran Spotify

Ed Sheeran is the number one artist globally on Spotify, and his latest album is being heavily promoted on Apple Music too.

Apple Set to Fund Original Podcasts

· Charlotte Henry · News

Listen on Apple Podcasts

Apple has planned to fund original podcasts, with executives discussing buying exclusive rights from media companies.

Get Premium Spotify for $1 for Three Months

· Andrew Orr · News

Spotify’s special deal is back: Get Premium Spotify for just US$1 for three months. Regular prices will take effect after that.