· More People Are Listening to Spoken Word Audio
· Be careful what app you use to listen to podcasts
· Struggling with sibilance on your podcast recordings?
More People Are Listening to Spoken Word Audio
From Podcast Business Journal
According to research the proportion of the US population listening to spoken word audio has increased 45% in the last 8 years. And the number of listening on mobile devices has exploded from 9% to 34% in that time driven by younger audiences.
So the demand for quality spoken word content is growing year on year. And this demand is for *audio* content. Don’t let the push to video put you off. Especially if you don’t want to dress up or brush your hair to get on camera.
Podcasts, audio podcasts, have a place, and it’s growing.
Be careful what app you use to listen to podcasts
One very important cornerstone of podcasting, to the dismay of many business types, is the importance of listener privacy.
RSS, the system by which most podcasts are distributed has no way to send user info back to the server. So I as a podcaster have no idea where or who a listener is.
And most podcast apps are simple RSS readers that scan the feed and download a new file that’s there.
Services like Spotify are different. When you sign up for a Spotify account you agree to be tracked by their service for recommendation purposes, and they track you very closely.
But every now and then an app will come in and begin to track users, despite the users not agreeing to that tracking. One such seems to be Rova. An app I’ve never heard of till this point, but it seems to be bit in New Zealand.
The details are quite enlightening, so please go read the full story. But long story short. Be very careful what apps you use, and what permissions those apps have.
Struggling with sibilance on your podcast recordings?
Last week I did a video demonstrating how I use the free LOADES plugin from Analog Obsession to mitigate sibilance in spoken word audio.
This will be especially useful if you use the very popular Samson Q2U which is an excellent beginner mic, but prone to sibilance.
Take a look: