Amazon Music now has podcasts – The Verge

Amazon Music now offers podcasts. The business provided an upgrade today that brings more than 70,000 shows to the platform, consisting of some major titles, like Serial and Pod Save America, in addition to new unique offers like a program with DJ Khaled called The First One, where he’ll speak with artists about their advancement hits and the stories behind them. Disgraceland, a popular program from iHeartMedia, will also become unique to the platform starting in February 2021.

Of course, this now makes Amazon Music even more of a rival with Spotify, a business that’s already greatly invested in podcasts. Apple Music now sticks out as the primary major music streaming app that has yet to integrate podcasts. Apple runs Apple Podcasts but has kept the two siloed from each other, although podcasts and music are being integrated throughout platforms to diversify catalogs and turn apps into the go-to locations for all audio needs.

Podcasts can be listened to through the updated Amazon Music app, on the web, or on Amazon Echo devices. Echo gadgets will browse Amazon Music by default and will remember where listeners left off, despite what platform they use to listen.

The Wall Street Journal reports that Amazon will be offering advertisements for its shows, although it’s uncertain if that indicates DJ Khaled and other hosts will read ads and if paid customers will hear these ads, likewise to Spotify.

Amazon Music’s podcast upgrade is particularly appealing considered that Audible recently announced its newest and most affordable subscription strategy that gives listeners access to exclusive podcasts. Those shows are relatively not consisted of in Amazon Music, implying if people desire to hear an Audible show, they’ll need to separately subscribe. Amazon Music, on the other hand, is including shows that are available throughout all platforms, which differentiates it from Audible presently.

Podcasts can be listened to through the updated Amazon Music app, on the web, or on Amazon Echo devices. Apple Music now stands out as the main significant music streaming app that has yet to incorporate podcasts. Those programs are relatively not included in Amazon Music, suggesting if individuals desire to hear an Audible program, they’ll have to individually subscribe.

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