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.