SpokenEditions Now Available on iHeartRadio
New SpokenEditions from The Huffington Post, Wired, IGN, Slate, and More Join iHeartRadio’s Podcast Lineup, powered by SpokenLayer
April 20, 2017 - New York City - SpokenLayer and iHeartRadio today announced the release of nearly forty SpokenEditions onto iHeartMedia’s all-in-one digital music, podcasting and live streaming radio service. SpokenEditions are human-read versions of written content from premium publishers. The collaboration will bring the audio version of hundreds of news stories to iHeartRadio listeners each week.
SpokenEditions provides access to audio versions of some of the top written publications across a number of subjects allowing users to stay up to date on world affairs, tech, politics, gaming, science, and lifestyle news from premium publishers including:
Listenership for podcasts is at an all time high, according to Edison research. 112 million people reported having listened to a podcast. Whether it’s at home, on their commute, as they work, or at the gym, podcast listeners are consuming an average of 5 episodes per week. As people start to experience “screen fatigue” at work and at home, listening to news stories has become a welcome alternative to reading.
“We’re excited to offer SpokenEditions to our millions of iHeartRadio listeners,” said Chris Peterson, Senior Vice President of Podcasting for iHeartRadio. “We are committed to providing a robust all-in-one listening experience for our users and by teaming up with SpokenLayer, it allows us to bring innovative new content to iHeartRadio that we know our users will love.”
“No other partner offers the massive and multi-channel reach of iHeartRadio. Adding our SpokenEditions to iHeartRadio gives their 100 million registered users access to unique news content from top sources every day unlike traditional weekly podcast content. The deal is a major win for all of our content publishing partners and most of all for listeners,” said Will Mayo, CEO of SpokenLayer.
SpokenLayer is building an audio version of the web, one story at a time. Headquartered in NYC, the company’s turnkey platform transforms written content from publishers into human-read SpokenEditions that can be distributed and monetized. The company works with publishers, advertisers, and distribution platforms to create an addictive audio experience for users and a new ad-based revenue stream for publishers that’s easy to implement.