Today, over 750,000 podcasts are available, covering everything from comedy to entrepreneurship.
Podcasts have become both a viable media channel and an effective phone number list marketing channel. As the field continues to grow, the opportunities for content creators will also increase. Here are some of the phone number list big trends we're seeing and where we think it's going next.
A brief history of podcasting
Originally, podcasting technology started as an extension of RSS news feeds created by web developer Dave Winer. Former MTV VJ Adam Curry had encouraged him to find a way phone number list to publish RSS feeds with multimedia, so in 2004 Winer started a podcast called Morning Coffee Notes , and Curry launched his Daily Source Code show .
In 2005, Apple introduced 'podcatching' software and a podcast directory phone number list to iTunes, and that's when podcasting really started phone number list to take shape. Early podcast pioneers included Ricky Gervais, Adam Corolla, and Chicago Public Media, who hosted the ever-popular show, This American Life .
Podcasting was buzzing until 2014, when the phone number list true crime podcast Serial debuted. By the end of the first season, the phone number list show had been downloaded over 68 million times. This marked a turning point for podcasts, as people who had never listened to them before logged on to Serial and then discovered entire webs of content they previously didn't know existed.
What are premium podcast networks?
Although podcasting started out phone number list as a largely free enterprise, there has recently been a move by premium podcast networks that aim to provide a more unique or curated experience - for a fee. Luminary, an example phone number list of these premium podcast networks, wants to be the Netflix of podcasting. They operate on a freemium model: you can listen to all the shows you can get anywhere else for free, but if you want exclusive, original content, you'll have to pay a $7.99 per month fee.
The phone number list fee is worth it for many listeners. Luminary's premium content includes more than 30 podcasts hosted by the likes of Trever Noah, Lena Dunham, and Russell Brand, phone number list as well as shows focusing on history, politics, and the ever-popular true-crime genre.