Twitter buys podcasting app Breaker

Twitter has acquired podcasting app Breaker in a move that will cement its position in the world of Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts and others.
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Twitter did not reveal financial details of the acquisition.

Breaker said it plans to shut down its app on Apple iOS and Google Android and website on January 15.

“We’re passionate about audio communication and we’re inspired by the ways Twitter is facilitating public conversations for people around the world,” Breaker CEO Erik Berlin said in a statement late on Monday.

Breaker added a social community element with features such as liking and commenting on episodes.

“Shutting down the app will allow us to focus on building what comes next. You’ll want to find a new podcast listening app, but we believe apps have improved so much since Breaker first launched (and likely because Breaker existed),” Erik Berlin said.

“We recommend trying out Apple, Spotify, Stitcher, Overcast, Pocket Casts, or Castro for your podcast listening.”

Those hosting podcasts on Breaker can transfer to a new hosting service such as Anchor, Simplecast or Transistor.