MakeUseOf: Spotify Wants to Help Podcasters Get More Listeners . “Spotify has launched Spotify for Podcasters, a dedicated platform just for podcasters. With podcasting growing as a medium, streaming media companies are desperate to become the home of podcasts. Hence Spotify reaching out to podcasters in this way.”
Engadget: Spotify’s Soundtrap audio editing tool to offer free unlimited storage. “Soundtrap, the cloud-based editing tool for music and podcasts, has decided to throw in free unlimited storage for its non-paying members. Previously, Soundtrap’s basic plan limited users to only five saved songs or projects. Starting today, those who own the unpaid version of either Soundtrap or Soundtrap for Storytellers (designed especially for podcasts) will have as much storage they need.”
TechCrunch: Spotify launches ‘Your Daily Drive,’ a personalized playlist that combines music and podcasts. “Recently, Spotify was spotted testing a new personalized playlist called ‘Your Daily Drive,’ which included both music and podcasts. Today, the company is officially launching this playlist in the U.S. in an effort to better cater to commuters who spend 70 billion collective hours behind the wheel, the company says. The playlist includes the music you already like along with other recommended tracks — the latter similar to its flagship playlist Discover Weekly — as well as podcast news updates from The Wall Street Journal, NPR and PRI (Public Radio International.)” I am super excited about this. Unfortunately it hasn’t turned up in my Spotify yet.
Gizmodo: This Clever Hack Will Change the Way You Find Music on Spotify. “My favorite thing about Spotify has always been music discovery. So when the company started building personalized playlists like Discovery Weekly and Release radar, I was hooked. The only problem was listening to all the new music takes forever. But an independent project from a couple of Spotify developers offers an amazing hack for exploring millions and millions of songs. They call it Discover Quickly.”
MakeUseOf: Spotify Users Can Now Get Hulu for Free. “From today (March 12), anyone subscribing to Spotify Premium can add Hulu’s Ad-Supported plan for free.”
Nieman Journalism Lab: Anchor too? With a second big acquisition, Spotify shows it’s serious about podcasts — as both producer and platform. “Told you Spotify wasn’t done shopping. This morning, the Swedish streaming company announced that it has closed its acquisition of Gimlet Media and that it had also acquired another podcast company: Anchor, the podcast hosting-and-monetization platform founded by Michael Mignano and Nir Zicherman. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.”
BetaNews: Spotify explicitly bans ad blockers on pain of account termination. “The company employs various techniques for detecting the use of ad blockers, and now anyone found to be using such a tool runs the risk of having their account terminated. The new Terms of Agreement comes into force on March 1.” I think this is the strongest pushback against ad blockers I’ve seen thus far.