Limping Chicken: Major podcast providers sued for ‘inaccessibility’ in US lawsuit. “SiriusXM and Stitcher offer podcasts featuring Marvel characters and scientist Bill Nye respectively, while Pandora is a podcast recommendation service. Together with Disability Rights Advocates, NAD [National Association of the Deaf] allege that the three companies’ failure to include transcripts or captions means ‘more than 48 million deaf and hard of hearing Americans are denied full and equal enjoyment of the content they offer their hearing users’.”
TechCrunch: Pandora opens up podcast submissions to all creators. “The battle for podcasters among music streaming services continues. A day after Spotify announced the launch of its podcast analytics dashboard, Pandora is today expanding its own podcasting efforts with the arrival of a self-service online hub for creators. The new Pandora for Podcasters will allow creators to submit their shows for inclusion on the streaming service, where they can be discovered through Pandora’s show and episode-level recommendation system.”
Rolling Stone: Pandora Wants to Recommend Your Next Podcast. “Two decades ago, Pandora launched the Music Genome Project, a.k.a. the backbone of its Internet radio service, and changed music discovery forever. No longer did fans sift through clunky physical or digital record stores to find new artists to love; Pandora’s meticulous recommendation engine served that all up effortlessly to them. Now, the music company — which has been through tough times of late, reorganizing and figuring out a fresh identity after swinging back from the cusp of bankruptcy — wants to do the same for podcasts.”
If you dig free streaming, you might dig this: Pandora is offering an ad-free day on September 9th. “What started as the human genome project has become something much bigger, connecting artists to listeners 24/7. To give back, Pandora has announced ‘Listener Love Day,’ a day of ad-free streaming for all US users. It starts at midnight ET on Wednesday September 9th and runs for 24 hours.” A comment on the article notes it’s “music genome,” not “human genome,” but a) I’m quoting directly, and b) heaven knows I make enough typos on ResearchBuzz that I should keep my head shut about other people’s.