Since its inception, Plex has been busy integrating multiple services into its media streaming software. Previous updates delivered curated news and virtual reality movies, but today the company is ready to welcome Plex Podcasts. The audio-centered feature is currently in beta, and accessible through iOS, Android, Roku and the web. As Plex co-founder Scott Olechowski previously confirmed, Plex Podcasts doesn't need a dedicated server to run. It's also free, helps contain all your media -- including photos, music, news and videos -- in one place, and doesn't make passive aggressive subscription requests.
I had high hopes that the show would continue to excel after Nate's departure. Barring some production glitches, the transition went pretty smoothly, but lately the show seems to have lost its edge--the chemistry between the hosts. The new, somewhat irregular crew seems to be going through the motions. The stories seem less interesting (and more political), the pacing seems wrong, and production quality, particularly with regard to audio volume, has become inconsistent. I'm sad to say it, but this is one that I'll be dropping from my weekly regimen.
Popular music streaming service Spotify is expanding its portfolio. As the podcast industry continues to grow its audience, Spotify's announcement Wednesday its purchase of the podcast-focused company promises broaden Spotify's content with sports and pop culture podcasts. "We look forward to putting the full power of Spotify behind The Ringer as they drive our global sports strategy," said Dawn Ostroff, Chief Content Officer, Spotify. Translate this:How real-time translation breaks down barriers when you don't speak the language The Ringer, founded by Bill Simmons in 2016, features more than 30 podcasts, such as "The Bill Simmons Podcast," "The Rewatchables" and "The Ryen Russilio Podcast". "While it is unclear if the Ringer's current podcast series will remain available on other platforms, new podcast series will likely be exclusive to Spotify," says eMarketer analyst Eric Haggstrom.