Spotify has announced that a new video podcasts feature is rolling out to all the markets where they offer podcasts, available to both free and premium users on PC and mobile app.
Video podcasts are currently only available from a select group of creators, which includes podcasts like Book of Basketball 2.0, Fantasy Footballers, The Misfits Podcast, H3 Podcast, The Morning Toast, Higher Learning with Van Lathan & Rachel Lindsay, and The Roaster Teeth Podcast.
Users can press play on their desktop or mobile app to start watching video podcasts, which automatically sync to the audio feed. Even when a user locks the screen or switches to another app, the audio will continue to play in the background (and will also switch to low data usage).
The audio of video podcast shows will also be available for download to listen offline
“The new feature allows select creators to bring both audio and video content to Spotify, enabling them to connect more meaningfully with their listeners, expand viewership, and deepen audience engagement. It’s a way to enrich the audio experience — for fans and creators alike,” Spotify announced. “Many podcast fans love watching their favourite podcasts as much as they enjoy listening to them. Through these visuals, fans can get to know their favourite podcast hosts even better, and creators can more deeply connect with their audiences.”
Last week, Spotify rolled out the top and trending podcast charts, which will showcase a list of podcasts that are either popular overall or have been gaining listeners faster than others, on the Spotify app for Android and iOS in 26 markets worldwide.
Earlier this month, Spotify also launched a new paid plan called Premium Duo, which allows two people to get individual accounts under one plan. The subscription will cost $12.99 per month in USA and INR 149 in India. Any two people residing at the same address can apply for the plan, which will allow them to sign-in separately using different sign-ins. All of the perks available in the Premium plan such as ad-free streaming, on-demand music and access to the millions of songs and podcast titles will be available to both the users.
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