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Music streaming is crowded with competitors. Can Spotify’s podcast gamble keep it ahead of the pack?

“When a management with a reputation for brilliance tackles a business with a reputation for bad economics, it is the reputation of the business that remains intact.” — Warren Buffett

Music streaming is a business with bad economics. The industry’s byzantine licensing structure has many mouths to feed. For each…

His newsletter vaulted him from obscurity to industry expert — a formula everyone is now trying to crack

It was early November 2014, and Nicholas Quah was irritated. Serial had become a pop culture phenomenon, introducing millions to the idea of “the podcast” — which was perhaps a niche form, but hardly the oddball novelty it was being treated as. “I was really frustrated,” Quah recalls, “because people…

Its latest deals with Kim Kardashian and Joe Rogan are aggressive moves to combat commodification

Earlier this month, Spotify signed a deal with Kim Kardashian to co-produce and co-host a criminal justice podcast that will air exclusively on the platform. The deal with the reality TV megastar is only the most recent installment of Spotify’s investments in podcasts. In 2019, it acquired podcast companies Gimlet…

There’s only one winner in the deal between the podcaster and the music streaming giant. And it’s not Rogan.

Oil companies are famous for approaching hapless farmers and buying drilling rights for their properties for next to nothing.

The farmers don’t realize they are sitting on tens of millions of dollars of oil, so they accept a $50,000 one-time payment.

It feels like a huge win…

Until they realize…

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