Todd and Rob discuss the 200-person layoff that has wholly gutted the Spotify podcast division and what that and other discharges mean for podcasting in general. Will there be a bunch of new podcasting companies that will startup? Also, who are the next leaders in the podcasting space who will cheerleaders for continued open podcasting established in 2004? There are very few that have true longevity in the space and while we see many emerging in roles, they are not always complete advocates of an open ecosphere. Those that control what we term closed podcasting have no desire for the space to remain open as it has been since its inception.
With iOS 17, Apple will finally drink its Kool-aid and support episode art. The episode-level art support is already supported by some third-party apps, even though Apple introduced the feature many many years ago.
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