Amazon Music Launches Podcasts

Mathew Ekundayo - BLOG

Spotify shares fell 1.2% on Wednesday after Amazon announced that it’s adding podcasts to its music streaming service.

Users in the U.S., U.K., Germany and Japan will be able to stream podcasts for free across all tiers of Amazon Music, the company said. Amazon Music offers users a range of paid and free, ad-supported options to access the service.

Amazon is launching podcasts at a time when the industry has become increasingly competitive. Spotify has invested heavily in producing original podcasts and has acquired four companies to expand its library, including The Ringer, Gimlet Media, Anchor and Parcast. Meanwhile, Apple’s Podcasts app hosts a range of content for free and is installed on iPhones by default.

Amazon will offer listeners original and curated content. The music streaming service will feature well-known podcasts such as “Radiolab,” “Planet Money” and “Crime Junkie,” as well as original shows produced exclusively for the service that are hosted by celebrities such as producer DJ Khaled, actor Will Smith, sportscaster Dan Patrick and musician Becky G. Beginning in February, Amazon will become the exclusive home of “Disgraceland,” a popular “music-meets-true-crime” podcast.

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