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Spotify Considers Added Subscription Just for Podcasts

Irene Hawkins

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Spotify Considers Added Subscription Just for Podcasts

Spotify plans to add a subscription plan, aside from Spotify Premium, just for podcasts, as the company goes all-in on podcasts anew.

If you didn’t notice before, Spotify is going all-in on podcasts. The company might even offer subscriptions to podcasts alone. You can get a monthly plan to listen to original shows or exclusive episodes. Moreover, this new service is not Spotify Premium. This new plan requires a separate fee. 

Spotify Podcasts

Gizmodo reports that Spotify may want to put podcasts behind a paywall after spending over $600 million on them. Right now, you can listen to these podcasts for free, even without a Premium account. Without a Premium plan, you’ll just get ads.

This week, Andrew Wallenstein of Variety tweeted that Spotify shared a survey to selected users. This survey asked the users if they were willing to shell out $3 to $8 a month for podcasts.  

New Subscription Formats

According to the survey, the cheapest plan would still give you ads, but you’ll also get exclusive interviews and episodes. Meanwhile, the priciest plan will remove the ads. You’ll also get early access to some exclusive and “high quality original content.”

On the other hand, these costs don’t cover Spotify’s music streaming service. Spotify Premium would add $10 to your podcast subscription. 

Should I Prepare My Wallet?

However, these surveys do not mean that Spotify will implement these changes at all. These surveys only mean to gauge users’ opinions on proposed changes. These changes would make sense for Spotify, though. The company had aggressively pushed into the podcast market in recent years.

Spotify had already spent hundreds of millions of dollars to snag major podcasts. These shows include The Ringer, the Joe Rogan Experience, and the Gimlet and Anchor networks.

Irene grew up in Dayton, Ohio, and now lives in New York as a full-time environmentalist and a part-time journalist. She was previously an editor at local online newspaper, where she wrote about topics including technology, finance and the media industry.

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