Apple also wants to serve exclusive podcasts now. This recent craze of everyone coming up with their own exclusive content – movies, shows and podcasts now – is really nonsensical to me. Netflix and Amazon started it with their original content and, although arguable, achieved some moderate success.
However, we are already seeing trends – if Netflix’s recent quarter’s earnings are any indication – of people losing interest. One reason I believe (and suffer from) is the sheer quantity of the content available to be consumed. After all, there is only so much time a person can spend glued to their screens- in addition to the time he already spends scrolling through the unlimited stream of bite sized posts.
As I had argued earlier, podcast is not a light medium for consumption. It is not music. It is not audiobooks. It is a medium known for culturing the relationship with the listeners over years. Listeners choose whom they form that relationship with by subscribing to a podcast.
And they are already weighed down by the choices they have to make.