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League of Legends and Spotify team up for esports podcasts and playlists

League of Legends and Spotify team up for esports podcasts and playlists

In recent years, Spotify has been looking to diversify its content offerings by going hard on podcasts. This has resulted not only in Spotify building out a set of podcast features for its app, but also penning deals that have seen it land a number of high-profile podcasts as exclusives. Today, the company announced something new: a foray into esports as part of a new team up with League of Legends.

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Amazon is adding podcasts to Music, quietly scrubs ridiculous rule

Amazon is adding podcasts to Music, quietly scrubs ridiculous rule

Amazon is following in the footsteps of some of its biggest competitors: it will soon add podcasts to its Amazon Music product, enabling its users to stream these audio shows without turning to third-party apps. The initial unveiling of this plan came with a ridiculous requirement for shows, however, one that aimed to force podcasters to avoid 'disparaging' the company. It has since removed that requirement.

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Spotify Group Sessions beta now includes your long distance friends

Spotify Group Sessions beta now includes your long distance friends

Back in May, Spotify began testing a new feature called Group Sessions. The feature allowed Premium users to share some control over their playlists, but it only worked with other physically present Premium users. Two and a half months later, Spotify is back with an upgrade to Group Sessions that allows them to share DJ duties with users who aren't in the same location.

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Spotify video podcasts go live worldwide: Here’s what’s new

Spotify video podcasts go live worldwide: Here’s what’s new

Spotify has been going hard on podcasts in recent years, and today we're seeing the company take a big step toward making its app a prime destination for podcasters. Today, Spotify announced that it's rolling out video podcasts around the world - or at least in all markets where podcasts are currently supported. Video podcasts will be relatively small scale at first, as only several select shows will support them.

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NASA’s latest podcast episode is all about Mars Perseverance rover

NASA’s latest podcast episode is all about Mars Perseverance rover

NASA's Johnson Space Center has published the latest episode of its 'Houston We Have a Podcast' audio show, this one focusing on the space agency's new Perseverance rover. NASA plans to launch the rover later this summer with the goal of landing it on Mars in February 2021, marking the latest machine the agency has put on the Red Planet. The podcast is free to download on a variety of platforms.

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Michelle Obama is bringing an exclusive podcast to Spotify

Michelle Obama is bringing an exclusive podcast to Spotify

Spotify will be the exclusive home for Michelle Obama's first podcast, the company has announced. The audio show is titled The Michelle Obama Podcast and it comes from the Obamas' production company Higher Ground, which previously formed an exclusive deal with Spotify. Michelle Obama will be the host of the new show, which will revolve around 'candid, human, and personal conversations.'

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Spotify’s new podcast charts make it easy to find popular audio shows

Spotify’s new podcast charts make it easy to find popular audio shows

Spotify has introduced new podcast charts on its platform, making the service a bit more useful for podcast fans. Finding new shows to watch has been notably tricky when it comes to podcasts, something that often depends on recommendations. Though some algorithms are now available to offer suggestions, taking a look at what everyone else is listening to is particularly helpful.

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SiriusXM’s Stitcher acquisition gives it another big audio company

SiriusXM’s Stitcher acquisition gives it another big audio company

SiriusXM has announced yet another audio-related acquisition, this one involving popular podcasting app Stitcher. As with PocketCasts, Google Podcasts, and many other apps, Stitcher is a popular platform for finding and downloading podcasts...something SiriusXM has heavily set its focus on. The news of its Stitcher acquisition comes only days after the company revealed that it has acquired podcast analytics company Simplecast.

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C13Features will make fictional podcasts styled after theatrical movies

C13Features will make fictional podcasts styled after theatrical movies

Podcasting company Cadence13, which produces, publishes, and distributes a large number of notable audio shows, is launching a new brand called C13Features that aims to offer the equivalent of movies in audio format. The move comes amid the growing popularity of podcast shows, something that has also triggered notable deals including Marvel's decision to bring some of its biggest superheroes to audio.

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Apple Podcasts may add personalized recommendations in iOS 14

Apple Podcasts may add personalized recommendations in iOS 14

We're only a day away from Apple's next developers conference (WWDC), which is expected to include a look at the upcoming versions of macOS and iOS, among other things. According to a new report, Apple Podcasts may finally add personalized recommendations in iOS 14, helping the platform compete against the growing list of other, more feature-rich alternatives.

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Spotify will soon offer exclusive DC Comics podcasts from Warner Bros

Spotify will soon offer exclusive DC Comics podcasts from Warner Bros

Spotify is the latest company to ink a deal for exclusive superhero podcasts. The announcement was made on Thursday, with Spotify saying that Warner Bros. will release exclusive Spotify podcasts based on characters from the DC Comics universe. The multiyear deal will cover narrative, scripted podcasts, according to Spotify, which says this is the first partnership that involves the full DC Universe IP roster.

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SiriusXM acquires podcast analytics company Simplecast

SiriusXM acquires podcast analytics company Simplecast

SiriusXM, the company still best known for its satellite radio service, has acquired another company: Simplecast. The analytics and podcast management company joins SiriusXM's own push into the increasingly crowded market, something the company says will help podcasters earn more revenue. With extra help from the SiriusXM-Pandora team and the resources they bring, Simplecast says it will be able to significantly speed up its roadmap.

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