Spotify Introduces Podcasts to Playlists

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The logo of the music streaming service Spotify is displayed on a smartphone on April 20, 2017 in Berlin, Germany. 

Spotify users can now include podcast episodes in their playlists, the streaming service announced Monday. 

Thew new functionality allows users to create podcasts-only playlists or mix music and podcasts similar to Spotify's algorithmically curated Daily Drive playlist that was released in June. 

So far, only mobile users can create playlists with podcasts, but the option is forthcoming for desktop as well. To do it, navigate to a podcast episode, tap the three dots and select "add to playlist."

The news is the latest step in Spotify's "Audio First" business strategy outlined in February by founder and CEO Daniel Ek. Since then, the tech company has consistently rolled out new plans to integrate podcasts into the platform and lead industry-wide development of the medium, ranging from acquisitions of Gimlet and Anchor in February to reformatting its app design and testing a new "create podcast" button


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