Spotify Has Video and Podcasts Now: Here's What You'll See and Hear
Spotify’s long-trumpeted video and podcast features are finally here for users to pour over. And there's a lot of content to begin with.
Billboard can reveal a sprawling -- though by no means exhaustive -- list of U.S. partners and shows, which includes content from Viacom, Vice Media, Nerdist, Condé Nast Entertainment, NBC, BBC, Slate, Harper Collins, Blucora Media (home to the Stuff You Should Know podcast) and Conan O'Brien's TeamCoco, among others.
The video and additional audio content that Spotify has lined-up will be free initially, as part of a robust new multi-media content strategy designed to give users more reasons to stay plugged in. The new content is being rolled out to Android users first, with an iOS update reportedly coming next week. Spotify has not given a timeline for the desktop version.
To access the content, users must click on the new "Your Library" icon in the main menu. It replaces "Your Music." There you’ll find familiar playlists, stations, songs and albums, plus a new item simply called “Shows.” Clicking on that leads to a “Featured Shows” slider that includes partners like the BBC, the Daily Show and other shows via Comedy Central, and Buzzfeed, among others. Below that slider are buttons for video or audio, which lead you to the troves of content.
The video library has things like the Epic Rap Battles series, content from Ellen DeGeneres and the vast Disney empire (ESPN, Jimmy Kimmel Live, etc). The audio shows, which appear to be mostly podcasts, include Stuff You Should Know, Nerdist, Radiolab, Freakonomics Radio, Welcome to Night Vale, and many others.
Here is a partial list of US partners and shows:
Disney: Jimmy Kimmel Live, ESPN, Maker Studios, X Games, Fusion;
NBCUniversal: Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon, Late Night with Seth Meyers, E! News;
Turner Broadcasting: Adult Swim clips, Team Coco;
Viacom: Comedy Central, MTV, VH1;
BBC Worldwide Entertainment: Top Gear, BBC Earth, Dr Who;
BBC Global News Ltd: BBC News; BBC Radio: Podcasts & Audio News;
Vice Media: Vice News;
TED: TED has created custom playlists of their popular Talks for Spotify;
Condé Nast Entertainment: Glamour, GQ, Vogue, Wired;
Nerdist / Legendary Films & Digital Networks: The Nerdist Podcast, Nerdist News;
Slate: Culture Gabfest, Daily Podcast;
CBS Play.It TWIT: This Week in Tech;
Epic TV: here you'll find the best, original, lifestyle sports, featuring surfing, climbing, wingsuit, BASE, mountain biking, adventure sports etc;
Rightster: a global platform network for online video;
Blucora Media: How Stuff Works, Stuff You Should Know, Stuff to Blow Your Mind;
Elite Daily: Insights, 5 Stages, Generation Why;
Tastemade: food, drink, travel for Millennials;
PRX: 99% Invisible Podcast, The Moth Podcast;
Harper Collins: Harper Audio Presents;
American Public Media: Marketplace, The Splendid Table;
WNYC Studios: Radiolab, Freakonomics Radio;
Gimlet: StartUp, Reply All;
Public Radio International: The World, Sideshow;
Libsyn: the world’s largest podcast network;
Fullscreen: a global network of content creators and brands;
Andreessen Horowitz: a16z Podcast; 5by5 Productions LLC;
Defy Media: Screen Junkies Movie Fights
QI: No Such Thing as a Fish;
Macmillan: Quick and Dirty; The Financial Times Limited; The Heard; This Week in Startups; TWiT,
LLC: This Week in Tech; Wochit;
Warner Bros Domestic Television: Ellen