Good response, thanks. I completely agree about the discovery/abundance problem with podcasts. I love Audible too!
That all said, to answer your questions, instead of my delving into the specifics of our shared problems and solutions let me refer you to my prior work on the specific topics you mentioned…
First, regarding what will be “transformative in this arena” and what I have to say about “the future of podcasts”:
Consensus says the voice interface is the next wave, but audio files are the missing medium...by Anthony Bardaro (Thoughts on Journalism)
Voice assistants’ weaknesses are end-to-end audio’s strengths — and there’s a huge opportunity to invent the user experience…by Anthony Bardaro (Annotote TLDR)
Regarding the media industry’s current status and the business model issue I was illuminating in my comment that you originally responded to:
Attention, abundance, misconception, and Medium.comby Anthony Bardaro (Adventures in Consumer Technology)
Finally, regarding the prospective winners and losers in the audio revolution:
Structural advantages and competitive disadvantages in tomorrow’s voice-first epoch…by Anthony Bardaro
Let me know what you think!