… Apple executives gave podcasting no more than a few passing mentions during a 90-minute kickoff Monday to its annual Worldwide Developers Conference. Apple announced it is updating the Apple Podcast app by adding Up Next feature on the app. In addition to the podcasts that someone already subscribes to, the Up Next section will recommend other shows of possible interest. The company didn’t offer any details about how the list will be curated. But it’s likely based on a combination of podcasts someone already listens to as well as shows Apple is promoting. The update will come with the rollout of iOS14 later this year.

… TuneIn is launching a new branding campaign that showcases all the ways audio serves as a companion to consumers in their everyday lives. The “Hear, Here” ads created by San Francisco-based BarrettSF focuses on listeners’ unique ability to “hear” their favorite audio content wherever “here” may be. TuneIn says the ads will run across digital and social platforms. The global streaming and podcast app says despite the COVID-19 pandemic, audio consumption on its platform is pacing up 27% compared to a year ago.

… The music licensing firm SyncFloor, which earlier this month expanded into podcasting, has announced it has struck a deal to add the music from independent distributor TuneCore. SyncFloor CEO Kirt Debique called that music a “wonderful resource” for their customers. “Independent artists have such diverse visions and voices,” he said. TuneCore VP Chris Dampier said they wanted to put their artists in front of more production professionals. SyncFloor created Songs For Podcasters, an online platform helping show producers find and license tracks for use in their podcast.

Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy could be part of an ownership bid to buy the New York Mets. That’s according to the New York Post which said Portnoy may be part of the team that also includes former New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez, actor-singer Jennifer Lopez, and Vitamin Water co-founder Mike Repole. Fueling the speculation was a Twitter post that Portnoy made Monday saying he’d been asked if he’d like to become involved in a bid to buy a sports franchise. “I wouldn’t have to relocate,” the New York-based executive said. Portnoy’s pockets after more cash after he struck a $163 million deal earlier this year to sell Barstool Sports to casino operator Penn National Gaming.