Spotify is a music streaming service that debuted in late 2008. It’s the most popular music streaming service in the world with over 200 million users (as of January 2019).

The free version allows users to stream songs for free with ads (mobile version only allows for shuffling). Paid users can have full access to the entire library for listening. Pricing is $9.99 per month for individual users and $14.99 per month for families (up to six people). There are additional plans for students that include bundled with Hulu. Apps are available for iPhone, iPad, macOS, and the web.

In early 2019, it purchased Gimlet Media and Anchor as a transition to becoming an “audio company” vs a music-only company.

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Spotify Stories Yesterday

Back in 2020, Spotify announced a new partnership with Barack and Michelle Obama to bring new, exclusive podcasts to the platform. However, two years later, the Obamas are now reportedly seeking deals with other podcast platforms as they’re leaving Spotify.

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Spotify now lets anyone publish video podcasts through Anchor

Starting today, Spotify creators are now able to upload video podcasts to the platform. All creators within the US, UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand can use this feature. Using Anchor, Spotify’s podcast creation tool, it’s just as easy to publish a video podcast as it is audio.

Spotify Stories April 12

Spotify crams more features into its main app, this time for live audio [U]

Spotify has moved its live audio app, Greenroom, to its main app in an effort to increase its visibility. Greenroom launched last year and has rebranded as Spotify Live. Similar to Clubhouse, this will be a place where creators can have live conversations with their subscribers as their audience. 

Spotify Stories April 11

The Apple versus Spotify antitrust battle took a new turn today, with the European Union saying that the Cupertino company will now face an additional charge of anti-competitive behavior.

This indicates that investigators have found enough evidence to add to the expected antitrust charges relating to the way that Apple treats Spotify and other developers …

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Spotify Stories April 8

Spotify continues testing GIF-like videos on your home screen

Spotify is testing a personalized feed that introduces users to new music through a feed of canvas loops. Canvas is a short looping visual that appears when you’re listening to certain songs. The videos will be presented vertically right on your home screen.

Spotify Stories March 30

Spotify updates Blend feature to create two new playlists based on friends and artists

Last year, Spotify launched Blend, which creates shared playlists between users. Today, the company is expanding its features to include up to 10 people in a group and also a chance to use this function with some of the users’ favorite artists.

Spotify Stories March 28

Spotify is testing its podcast discovery feature, Podz, on its platform

According to Statista, Spotify is the most popular app to listen to podcasts in the US. Last year, it acquired podcast discovery platform Podz for nearly $50 million to help expedite the platform’s investment in podcasts. Spotify is now testing a feature that utilizes Podz’s technology to help users discover new podcasts. 

Spotify Stories March 26

When it comes to listening to podcasts on iOS, there are so many great options. The Apple Podcasts app comes built into every iOS device with syncing. It’s undoubtedly a great app, but is it the best? On iOS, users have countless third-party options. My goal for this article is to break down some of the major podcast apps and help you determine which is best for what you want out of an app. What’s the best podcast app for iPhone?

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Spotify Stories March 24

Google and Spotify team up on new ‘User Choice Billing’ for Android, putting pressure on Apple

Spotify is giving Android users more ways to pay when downloading the app from the Google Play Store. “User Choice Billing” provides the option to pay for a subscription through either Spotify’s payment system or with Google Play billing. 

Spotify letting customers ‘test drive’ overhauled Car Mode

Four months after being “retired,” Spotify is letting customers test out a completely overhauled automotive interface called Car Mode.

Spotify Stories March 22

The Coalition for App Fairness (CAF) – which is primarily a voice for Epic Games, Spotify, and Tinder parent company Match in their antitrust fight with Apple over App Store commissions – has lost a second key figure.

In December of last year, Spotify’s legal officer Horacio Gutierrez left the company to join Disney. Today we’re learning that CAF executive director Meghan DiMuzio is also moving on …

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Spotify Stories March 16

Spotify update brings expanded controls to collaborative playlists

For those who like to create custom playlists with friends on Spotify, collaborative playlists have been a crucial feature on the platform. This week, Spotify is updating the feature to add new levels of control for playlist creators.

Spotify Stories February 18

Spotify blames ‘tech issue’ after Joe Rogan’s podcast briefly disappeared from service

Spotify is suffering from an outage of some sort today, impacting the availability of a number of its in-house podcasts. Notably, this does impact the controversial Joe Rogan podcast, but Spotify has confirmed that this is a “tech issue” and has nothing to do with ongoing controversies surrounding Rogan’s show.

Controversial Joe Rogan Spotify podcast cost may have been $200M or more

The Joe Rogan Spotify podcast cost was widely reported to have been $100M, though neither party commented on it. However, a new report today says that the actual cost was at least twice that…

Spotify Stories February 16

Spotify continues to push deeper into the podcasting industry. The company today announced that it is acquiring Chartable and Podsights, two of the most popular and powerful podcast analytics and advertising tools on the market. Spotify says that it will use the technology from Podsights and Chartable to power multiple aspects of its advertising business.

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Spotify Stories February 3

If you’re one of the many Spotify users wondering where the service’s promised HiFi feature is, it seems that even CEO Daniel Ek doesn’t know the answer to that. Speaking to analysts and investors yesterday, Ek explained that the feature is tied up in the licensing process, but that Spotify is “in constant dialogue” with labels to actually bring the feature to market…

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Spotify Stories January 31

Here’s how to cancel your Spotify premium subscription

Whether you’ve been considering leaving Spotify for a while or just recently decided to make a change, read along for how to cancel Spotify subscriptions on iPhone and more.

Joni Mitchell also leaves Spotify; Joe Rogan explains and (slightly) apologizes

Apple Music wasted no time in poking fun at Spotify after Neil Young pulled his music from the service over COVID-19 disinformation, and Joni Mitchell has now done the same. In a 10-minute video, Joe Rogan explains his perspective and apologizes to Spotify for the controversy …

Spotify Stories January 30

If you’ve ever thought about switching your Spotify subscription to Apple Music, Pandora, YouTube Music, Deezer, or vice versa, one thing that probably made you change your mind is “how am I going to transfer all my songs from a streaming service to another?” Well, here’s the answer.

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Spotify Stories January 28

Apple Music trolls Spotify by promoting Neil Young albums and playlists

Apple Music is trolling Spotify by promoting Neil Young albums and playlists after the Canadian-American singer pulled all his music from Spotify over COVID-19 disinformation …

Spotify Stories January 13

With over 380 million users and 172 million subscribers, Spotify continues to dominate the streaming music market. While there are plenty of features to love about the service (curated playlists and podcast integration, to list two personal favorites), its Friend Activity leaves a lot to be desired.

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Spotify Stories January 11

Spotify has been investing heavily in the podcast industry recently as the company has acquired multiple studios in recent years. However, for some reason, Spotify is now shutting down its in-house original podcast studio known as Studio 4.

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Spotify Stories January 9

Spotify first announced its plans to roll out a new Spotify HiFi tier in February of last year, saying that it would launch “in select markets” by the end of 2021. As we covered last month, Spotify HiFi is still nowhere to be found as that deadline has come and gone. Now, the company has provided a new “update” on the matter, and it doesn’t instill much hope.

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Spotify Stories January 6

Spotify is looking to shake up the podcasting industry yet again, and yet again, not necessarily for the better. The company announced today that it is rolling out new “call-to-action cards” for podcasting ads, which are in-app advertisements correlated to the audio ads you hear in podcasts.

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