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Spotify Launches Spotlight, a Multimedia Take on Podcasts

Megan Farokhmanesh, writing for The Verge:

Spotify announced today that it’s expanding its audio slate to include “visual podcasts” about news, politics, and entertainment. These shows, available in playlist form, will feature a multimedia component that includes text, video, and photos as part of a new format that Spotify is calling “Spotlight.”

Meh, I listen to podcasts while doing other things and have my phone in my pocket, not sure I need “multimedia content” with my podcasts. Spotify should instead open up their directory of podcasts to everyone. The beauty of podcasting is that virtually anyone can do it and share it with the world through an RSS feed. Spotify’s podcast section shuts out thousands of independent publishers.

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Brian Fallon Talks With Uproxx

Steven Hyden sat down with Brian Fallon over at Uproxx:

We had call, and we were just like, ‘Hey, are we gonna just ignore this?’ I know we’re on hiatus — we’re not doing anything, everybody’s off doing their own thing, and everybody’s fine. But if we let this go, that says something. That would come across as apathetic to me. I was like, ‘I don’t feel apathetic about this. How do you guys feel?’ They didn’t feel apathetic at all. They felt like, yeah, we should probably do something.

Then we thought, ‘if we play some shows, what happens? Do we have to start the whole thing up again?’ What realized, well, no, because of this record, we can do what we did in the beginning, which is [anything] we wanted.