Podcast Outlets Gimlet And Anchor Acquired By Spotify
Streaming has become a massive outlet for media over the years, turning into the premiere method of listening to various music and podcasts all over the world. While the music download industry has been taken over by the likes of Apple iTunes, music and media streaming is ruled by another company: Spotify. And starting today, the popular streaming service is opening its doors for two podcasting companies, Gimlet Media and Anchor, to broaden its scope even more.
Gimlet — a premiere podcasting company offering tons of exclusive, top-tier shows — and Anchor — a podcast creation outlet for rising podcasters — are now a part of the Spotify family in a move that looks to expand the streaming brand. Music streaming has already been the company’s trademark feature, but now with shows like Reply All, The Pitch and Conviction are added to the service.
“These acquisitions will meaningfully accelerate our path to becoming the world’s leading audio platform, give users around the world access to the best podcast content, and improve the quality of our listening experience as well as enhance the Spotify brand” — Spotify CEO and co-founder, Daniel Ek
The press release from Spotify noted its fourth quarter earnings of 2018, and with the profit increase exceeding expectations came these two big acquisitions. By beefing up their podcast library with Gimlet and adding a source for future podcasters to start-up their own shows with Anchor, Spotify doesn’t seem content with being the world’s leader in music streaming; but in podcasting, as well.
By purchasing Gimlet, Spotify offers listeners the exclusive options of enjoying hit shows that expand through their impressive library of content. Podcasts have blown up in the previous half decade, making the move to become a powerful name in the future of engaging media an all-too important one for the multi-million dollar company.
And with landing Anchor, Spotify is now one of the leading sources in allowing content creators a space to chase their podcasting dreams. Anchor provides an easy-to-use program and tool kit that allows beginners and expert creators the chance to have their shows heard, with the added possibility of earning some dough while they’re at it. If you’re just hopping into the podcasting business, it’s might benefit you best to start with Anchor.
Spotify CEO, Daniel Ek, doesn’t appear to be slowing the expansion train anytime soon, either. Spotify is eyeing more acquisitions later in the year looking to spend somewhere between $400 and $500 million dollars in future assets. Edging itself to stay ahead of the pack in terms of new podcasting applications, Spotify is lining itself up to stay on top for quite a while.
With the future of audio seemingly comfortable to stay in the arms of the convenient streaming platform, Spotify is making bold moves to stay ahead of the pack as an industry leader — similar to how Netflix is leading the way for video streaming services. Spotify continues its growth with rising numbers of both its regular subscribers, as well as premiere members. If the fourth quarter earnings of 2018 is anything to go by, Spotify is making the right moves in securing its spot at the top of the streaming industry. And adding quality podcasting programs only looks benefit Spotify in the near future.
Source: Spotify Press, (2)
Google appeared as a car manufacturer
Google has recently used CES as a platform to present its philosophy of “Better Together,” the notion that all devices should get along with one another. Typically, this entails making announcements regarding new Cast compatibility and features like Fast Pair. The business revealed that it is collaborating with Spotify to incorporate the Connect streaming capability into the Android UI at CES 2023. Additionally, it showed a sneak peek at an audio handoff tool that would recommend various devices to shift your music to based on your preferences and location.
However, CES is a significant vehicle event, and Google also sells items for cars. Additionally, it said today that the Polestar 3 would receive its higher-resolution maps, and it debuted the most recent Android Auto user interface for the first time since it was revealed at I/O 2022.
Two vehicles, a Volvo EX90 with Google preinstalled and a BMW i7 with the new Android Auto experience, were at the Google stand in the trailer lot of the Las Vegas Convention Center. We had never seen the Volvo before, and we’ll be posting a separate hands-on on that experience shortly. The new Android Auto is the main topic of this article and video.
The redesigned interface will support larger screen sizes and have a split screen layout, as we discovered at I/O. Google has eliminated the status bar and inserted a row of shortcut keys below it, along with some indication icons in a small area to the top left. When we were in the car, the Spotify app was located on the left panel, and we could access a list of suggested playlists by swiping in from the right side.
Alerts that you won’t have time to respond to while driving are likewise stored in this left pane. For instance, you can swipe right on a notification to move it to the dock, where it will wait until you’re ready to deal with it.
Check out the video up top for more of our experience with the updated Android Auto in the BMW i7! And be sure to pay attention this week as there will be a ton of news at CES 2023.
Apple Mini-LED Display Supplier Reports Decreasing Demand As Rumors Suggest a Switch to OLED in the Next Few Years
One of Apple’s top mini-LED suppliers claims that while the company plans to switch to OLED displays for its iPad and MacBook line in the upcoming years, demand for displays in consumer products is declining while demand for mini-LED in other applications is increasing.
According to a recent report from DigiTimes, the demand for mini-LED displays for consumer electronics devices is declining, but it is anticipated that demand for mini-LED displays for dashboards and vehicle displays will increase in 2023. Epistar, which has been supplying mini-LED displays to Apple for some time, is one company that has made this claim.
The creation of particular kinds of OLED screens that Apple intends to utilize in next iPad Pro models, according to a report published last week, is now Samsung’s top priority. The first iPad Pro with an OLED panel, which Apple is rumored to introduce in 2024, has prompted mini-LED vendors to consider alternate applications for their screens, according to DigiTimes.
In 2024, Apple is also expected to release a 13-inch MacBook Air with an OLED display in addition to an OLED iPad Pro. According to reputable display analyst Ross Young, Apple is exploring adopting an OLED panel in a planned update to the iPhone SE but is torn between employing an LCD or OLED display.
Apple Provides 10 Practical iPhone Tricks
In an effort to assist customers get the most out of their devices and teach new iPhone users some features and tips they may not have previously known about, Apple recently provided ten helpful tips and techniques for iPhone users.
Apple revealed ten tips and techniques for the new features in iOS 16 in a video on its Apple Support channel, including the ability to choose and lift subjects out of images and the newly revamped and customisable Lock Screen. As people get used to their new iPhones, the short film, which is barely six minutes long, was posted on Christmas Day.
- If you tap and hold on a subject inside of a photo in the Photos app on iOS 16, you can lift the subject from the photo and place it into another app.
- The new Lock Screen on iOS 16 allows users to customize different elements, including the color and style of the time and date, add widgets, and more.
- Within Settings -> Wi-Fi, you can select a saved Wi-Fi access point to discover and copy and paste its password.
- If you often write the same thing time and time again, such as your email or address, you can create a text replacement within Settings -> General -> Keyboard -> Text Replacement.
- If you’re running low on battery or want to save some battery life when you won’t have access to a charger, you can add the Low Power Mode toggle to Control Center for easy access. Head into Settings -> Control Center and add it to the list of Included Controls.
- If you want to share or move multiple photos into another app, simply tap and hold on a photo, move it away, and proceed to tap on the other photos. You’ll then be able to drag and drop all of the photos into other apps or places in iOS.
- If you want to quickly open the camera, tap and hold on the Camera shortcut in the bottom right-hand corner of your iPhone’s Lock Screen.
- With iOS 15 and later, you can now use Live Text to automatically translate text in the camera app or inside of a photo. In the camera app, point the camera to some text and tap on the Live Text that appears in the right-hand corner, then select translate in the options shown. This can also work for photos already taken in the Photos app.
- Using the Notes app, you can easily scan a piece of paper and create a digital copy of it. The Notes app will automatically properly crop and edit the image so the document appears legible with no glare.
- If you’re curious about what your first photo is in your photo library, you can easily discover it with one tap. In the Photos app, simply tap on the top edge of your iPhone to jump to the first photo in any specific library, album, or search result.
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