PodRecs: Workshop on Podcast Recommendations

Podcasts continue to enjoy impressive growth in both creation and listenership. As of Feb 2021 the podcast website Listen Notes reports over 1.9M podcast shows available through public RSS feeds – this figure is more than double the figure from just one year earlier. The Daily by The New York Times, is downloaded over 4 million times per day, double the rate reported a year ago. Edison Research’s Infinite Dial 2020 Report estimates that 37% of the US population had listened to a podcast in the last month, a significant increase from the 32% estimated in their 2019 report. A similar statistic from 2018 indicated that 28% of Europeans had listened to a podcast in the last month.

In addition, the recent rise of audio social media apps such as Clubhouse and Twitter’s Spaces has created a new momentum towards spoken word content. This movement can contribute to the growth of podcasts both in the number of audience and emerging creators as well as introducing new challenges to the field.

The last year has also seen increased research interest in this field. Besides the first PodRecs Workshop on Podcast Recommendations at RecSys 2020, we also saw the release of the Spotify Podcast Dataset in conjunction with NIST TREC, as well as the NLP4MusA Workshop at the ISMIR conference.

The Second PodRecs Workshop for Podcast Recommendations will build off the success of last year’s workshop, and will seek to further develop the community of researchers and practitioners interested in the recommendation of podcasts. The programme will again include reviewed papers, a keynote, and an interactive activity for workshop attendees.

  • Ching-Wei Chen, Spotify
  • Rosie Jones, Spotify
  • Zahra Nazari, Spotify
  • Longqi Yang, Microsoft
  • Maria Eskevich, Clarin ERIC
  • Gareth Jones, Dublin City University
  • Sergio Oramas, Pandora-SiriusXM



Half day.

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