Taking purpose at Spotify’s rising podcast empire, Amazon Music just unleashed its own flood of free podcasts, together with upcoming and unique exhibits from the likes of DJ Khaled, Becky G, Will Smith, and Dan Patrick.
Amazon Music’s new podcasts arrived at present within the U.S., U.Ok., Germany, and Japan. Amazon Music customers on all subscription tiers, together with its free service, will be capable of play podcasts.
Many of the most well-liked cross-platform podcasts are actually out there on Amazon Music, together with Crime Junkie, What A Day, Radiolab, Revisionist History, Planet Money, Ear Hustle, Why Won’t You Date Me? With Nicole Byer, and Stuff You Should Know.
But like Spotify, which has spent lots of of thousands and thousands for unique rights to such common podcasts as The Joe Rogan Experience and exhibits from Bill Simmons’ podcast community, The Ringer, Amazon Music is sinking money into its personal unique exhibits.
Among them: Disgraceland, a “music-meets-true-crime” podcast that can element “some of the craziest criminal stories surrounding some of the most interesting and infamous pop stars.” Disgraceland is slated to debut on Amazon Music subsequent February.
Meanwhile, The First One is a “new audio experience” from DJ Khaled, through which the musician will sit down together with his “all-time favorite artists” to debate “the hits that made them iconic.” The First One is “coming soon” to Amazon Music, based on an Amazon press launch.
Also coming quickly is En la Sala, a present from singer, songwriter, and actress Becky G that focuses on “Latinx pride, women empowerment, LGBTQ+ rights, relationships, politics and sports.”
Other upcoming podcasts unique to Amazon Music will probably be a Dan Patrick-hosted present about Hollywood and the films, whereas Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith are producing their very own Amazon podcast.
The information comes lower than a month after Amazon-owned Audible unveiled a $7.95 all-you-can-listen plan that features 68,000 hours of content material, together with audiobooks, podcasts, and “Audible Originals” exhibits from such luminaries as Common, St. Vincent, Blake Griffin, Jesse Eisenberg, Kevin Bacon, Jamie Lee Curtis, Kate Mara, Tayari Jones, and Harvey Fierstein. It’s price noting that these Audible Originals exhibits received’t be out there on Amazon Music.
Podcasting is simply one other entrance within the streaming music wars. Spotify has gone all-in with podcasts, rolling out frequent podcast characteristic updates whereas spending $100 million for The Joe Rogan Experience and a whopping $200 million for The Ringer, Bill Simmons’s common web site and podcast community. Spotify additionally took a shot at YouTube when it rolled out video podcasts earlier this summer time.
With its 100 million paid subscribers, Spotify continues to be the 800-pound gorilla of streaming music, with Apple Music and Amazon operating to catch up. That mentioned, Amazon Music is reportedly growing at a faster clip than Spotify, so it’ll be fascinating to see if Amazon’s podcasting play will help it shut the hole.