Welcome! I'm Simon Owens and this is my tech and media newsletter. You can subscribe by clicking on this handy little button: One of the biggest reasons Spotify’s podcast ambitions have received so much coverage over the last two years is that it’s locked down so much valuable content IP. It did this by spending hundreds of millions of dollars to acquire major podcast networks (including Gimlet and The Ringer) and also secured exclusive distribution rights to podcast stars like Joe Rogan and Joe Budden.
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