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Spotify wants you to watch video podcasts on its app, not on YouTube

Spotify wants you to watch video podcasts on its app, not on YouTube

If you listen to podcasts but also like to see your chatty hosts filling up a screen somewhere in the background, Spotify — the audio streaming company where podcasting is more prevalent than ever — is stepping up with support for video podcasts in its desktop and mobile apps, available to free and premium users globally.

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Spotify is now available in 13 new markets across Europe, including Russia and Ukraine

Spotify is now available in 13 new markets across Europe, including Russia and Ukraine

From online streaming to classic vinyl, there are a lot of ways to listen to music these days. Spotify is one of the biggest names in the streaming game, but that doesn't mean much if it's inaccessible in your country. Today, Spotify's announcing availability in 13 new market regions across Eastern Europe, along with 200 new playlists from the region.

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Spotify starts giving Apple competition with podcast charts in 26 countries

Spotify starts giving Apple competition with podcast charts in 26 countries

Streaming audio service Spotify is pushing more chips into the podcasting pot. As if acquiring Gimlet and a variety of original shows weren't enough, the company is looking to challenge Apple's podcast ranking tables with a number of its own. The effort will be headlined with two: Top Podcasts and Trending Podcasts.

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Spotify Premium Duo comes to the US and 54 more markets

Spotify Premium Duo comes to the US and 54 more markets

For couples who live together, the Spotify Family plan has been a good way to save a few pennies on your subscription, but the Premium Duo plan announced last year offered up the chance to save even more. Until now, it's only been available in select countries, but it's just arrived in the US as well as 54 other markets across the globe.

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Spotify to launch proper lyrics in 26 markets today

Spotify to launch proper lyrics in 26 markets today

Spotify has been working on proper lyrics support for ages. It likely takes this long to implement the seemingly simple feature in part due to licensing issues surrounding songtexts, which already led to a lawsuit against Google. Spotify seems to have finally found a suitable solution, as TechCrunch reports that the company is planning to roll out lyrics synced with music to 26 markets today. The US, Canada, and the UK aren't among these, though.

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Spotify releases two new hot playlists for summer 2020

Spotify releases two new hot playlists for summer 2020

Spotify's winning feature is its customized playlists that offer you daily listens, commute-friendly audio, fresh releases from your favorite artists, family and couple-friendly mixes, a way to see your current or older favorite songs, and more. The service has now updated one of its seasonal playlists, Your Summer Rewind, for 2020 and released a new hotlist of the songs it expects to be this summer's hits.

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Spotify is shoving ad links with embedded promo codes into some podcast listings

Spotify is shoving ad links with embedded promo codes into some podcast listings

Spotify has been acquiring and promoting podcasts at an aggressive rate. Now, it looks to quicken the pace on monetization by letting brands in on a new ad campaign integration it is testing for its original shows and a major expansion to its programmatic advertising technology platform.

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Spotify is getting rid of its ridiculous 10,000 song library cap

Spotify is getting rid of its ridiculous 10,000 song library cap

Probably the biggest drawback to Spotify as a heavy user has been the arbitrarily low music library cap the company imposed. 10,000 might seem like a big number in isolation, but when it comes to music, that's not actually a ton of songs. Well, that won't be a problem going forward. In what I will argue is the biggest news of the week, Spotify is getting rid of its ridiculous 10,000 song library limit, and imposing no cap at all.

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Spotify offers new subscribers 3 months of Premium free, $10 for prior users

Spotify offers new subscribers 3 months of Premium free, $10 for prior users

As with most businesses hurting from the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the name of the game at this point is staying above water. That means making offers you'd otherwise not in normal times. For Spotify, that means bringing on new customers to Spotify Premium free for 3 months and bringing back lapsed subscribers at a discounted price.

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