Executive Briefing

Clubhouse has built the AOL chat for audio

Is this the future of radio?

AOL Channels

The app of the moment is Clubhouse, a social audio chat service for iPhones, which has broken through the tech early-adopter crowd and might actually have staying power.

The app — which still requires an invitation to use, limiting its growth — is being downloaded about 300,000 times per week, according to Sensor Tower. And as I write, it’s currently the 26th most popular free iPhone app in the US — between Spotify and Twitter. In Japan, it has been the top-ranked free iPhone app for most of the month, according to App Annie.

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