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Acast has launched in-app ratings in its podcast player app so listeners will now be able to rate shows. Will they? You bet. The company says users have left more than 45,000 ratings for 9,000 different shows since the feature was added earlier this month. “After offering our ratings feature in a beta version of the app, we launched it officially and have been blown away by the adoption among our users,” said SVP of Content Susie Warhurst. “Ratings provide invaluable feedback for our creators and we’re glad to be able to offer them an additional touchpoint with their audiences.”

Blubrry has partnered with Headliner, the tool that allows users to create videos to promote podcasts on social media video platforms. Headliner creates high-quality video clips, transcriptions and more for podcast creators to share on social media or their website.

“Podcasters are always looking for ways to professionally promote their podcast; specifically a hassle-free way. Headliner does a wonderful job of taking the content podcasters have already created and making it easy and fun to share,” said Blurry’s MacKenzie Bennett. Headliner is already used by podcasters like Wondery, Radiotopia and Omny Studio, along with radio groups including Entercom, Cumulus Media and Townsquare Media.

Triton Digital says the top 100 podcasts among publishers it tracks in Latin America experienced a three percent drop in the number of downloads during July 6 to Aug. 2 compared to the prior month. Overall, the podcasts had a combined 19.6 million downloads compared to 20.4 million during the June 8 to July 5 period. Brazil-based Radios Grupo Globo’s O Assunto remained in first place in the 25-country region among Triton’s sample of publishers. See the latest ranker HERE.