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Bill Gates and Rashida Jones will launch a new podcast next week

Bill Gates and Rashida Jones will launch a new podcast next week

Philanthropist Bill Gates and writer/actress Rashida Jones have teamed up to launch a new podcast called "Bill Gates and Rashida Jones Ask Big Questions." The podcast will officially launch next week with the first episode focusing on the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Fauci will be the first guest, explaining to listeners what they can expect over the next few months.

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Spotify may be planning a premium podcast subscription plan

Spotify may be planning a premium podcast subscription plan

Spotify may be planning to release a special podcast subscription plan, at least based on a survey some users report seeing when they launch the app. The survey asks subscribers what they would be most interested in from a premium podcast subscription, and it includes two potential rates, one for certain kinds of content and another for different premium content.

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Audible takes on Spotify by adding thousands of free podcasts

Audible takes on Spotify by adding thousands of free podcasts

Amazon has taken steps to grow its Audible platform into a proper podcast destination, announcing the arrival of thousands of free podcasts on the platform. Audible is still largely known as a destination for audiobook content and, more recently, dramatized audio productions. However, the company has expanded into the podcast genre with a number of original shows.

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Stitcher podcast app reveals massive redesign with new features

Stitcher podcast app reveals massive redesign with new features

Podcast platform Stitcher has introduced a massive redesign for its mobile app, one that brings an updated, clean design alongside new features and more. The new interface comes amid the massive spike in podcast popularity and the subsequent rise of major competitors, including platforms like Spotify and audio apps like Google Podcasts. The new Stitcher design will be made available to users on iOS and Android.

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Porsche’s Taycan EV just became the perfect Carpool Karaoke car

Porsche’s Taycan EV just became the perfect Carpool Karaoke car

Porsche is making in-car karaoke a little easier, tapping the Taycan EV's passenger display for song lyrics and making the best argument for the extra screen that we've seen so far. The new feature comes as Porsche integrates Apple Podcasts and Apple Music's Time-Synced lyrics into its electric sports sedan's infotainment system.

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Spotify’s Michelle Obama exclusive podcast is now available on other apps

Spotify’s Michelle Obama exclusive podcast is now available on other apps

Spotify has announced alongside of the Obamas' Higher Ground that Michelle Obama's podcast -- the first season, at least -- has expanded to other podcast platforms. This follows the content's exclusive availability on Spotify, which has heavily focused on growing its podcast platform. The expansion will come only a few months after The Michelle Obama Podcast's debut on Spotify, earning itself such high-profile guests as Barack Obama, Conan O'Brien, and others.

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Spotify podcast polls test hints at a more interactive future

Spotify podcast polls test hints at a more interactive future

Spotify has started testing a new podcast poll feature with a number of mobile users, enabling audiences to participate by answering questions. The feature is a test at this point, meaning only some users are able to access it. However, the presence of this type of feature hints at a future in which Spotify may be more interactive than it currently is, crowdsourcing information from listeners and, potentially, encouraging them to interact with ads and other elements.

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Spotify pens deal to turn some original podcasts into TV shows and movies

Spotify pens deal to turn some original podcasts into TV shows and movies

Spotify has penned a new deal with Chernin Entertainment that will give the chance to nab some original podcasts for new movie and TV projects. The news comes amid the renewed interest in podcasts and the steady rise of original fictional dramas in audio format. Two original Spotify fictional podcasts have already been nabbed for video projects, according to a new report, including one starring Rami Malek of Mr. Robot fame.

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Spotify finally adds the podcast feature users have been waiting for

Spotify finally adds the podcast feature users have been waiting for

Spotify made the jump into podcasts several months ago, now boasting a large library of content, including some major exclusives. Despite the amount of time the platform has offered this digital audio, it has still lacked some basic features podcast fans have become accustomed to, one of which is the ability to determine when new episodes are available on their favorite shows. That, finally, has changed.

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Google is making it easier to find high-quality local audio news

Google is making it easier to find high-quality local audio news

Google has revealed that it will make it easier for users to find high-quality local audio news, filling a category largely ignored by existing podcasts and other audio programs. This effort will involve the company's Assistant and Podcasts products, Google revealed this week, stating that it will deliver 'Your News Update' to its Podcasts app. As well, Google Assistant users will get better access to local audio news.

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Horror podcast Ghost Tape arrives in October with star Kiersey Clemons

Horror podcast Ghost Tape arrives in October with star Kiersey Clemons

Audio production studio QCode is gearing up to produce another scripted podcast, this one called "Ghost Tape." The serialized podcast will be in the horror genre and will be released this October from co-creators Nia DaCosta and Aron Eli Coleite with Kiersey Clemons in the starring role. This show will join several other scripted podcasts from QCode, including "Blackout."

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Audible and NBA team to launch podcast based on hit documentary

Audible and NBA team to launch podcast based on hit documentary

Amazon's Audible audiobook service has teamed up with the NBA to launch a new sports podcast that builds upon a recent hit documentary called The Last Dance. The announcement comes amid Audible's big change in how the platform works, giving the public unlimited access to thousands of pieces of audio content under a new monthly subscription tier.

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