It was just a month ago we reported on the beta-launch of a Spotify redesign that put podcasts front and center on the music service’s app. Now that update is being rolled out to all Premium users. The company says the “reimagined” Your Library version “makes getting started and staying up-to-date with podcasts on Spotify a seamless, personalized experience.”
The new design creates new Podcast and Music tabs that make it easier and quicker to jump between the two formats. “Put simply, the new design gives you more control over your podcast listening experience, and quickly helps you discover new shows and episodes,” Spotify tells users in the announcement. That includes the ability to manage their favorite podcasts in three sections: Episodes, Downloads, and Shows—
Episodes: The Episodes tab allows users to quickly find new episodes or resume podcasts they were listening to, so picking up where they left off is a lot easier. They’ll also see a list of newly released episodes of all the podcasts they follow.
Downloads: This tab serves as a user’s repository for the podcast episodes they’ve downloaded. That allows them to listen even when they are offline.
Shows: The new Shows tab allows users to quickly manage the podcasts they follow and explore their past episodes. The higher up a podcast appears on the list in this section, the more recently a new episode became available.
The new features are only for Spotify’s Premium subscribers at the moment. The company hasn’t said if or when it will roll out the update to users of its free, ad-supporter service.
The update comes just a day after Spotify announced it was integrating music and podcast content in the Your Daily Drive Feature. It will allow users to combine their music preference with news and talk podcasts from NPR, Public Radio International and the Wall Street Journal. It’s also positioning that feature as a way to “escape” from the need to toggle between multiple stations and podcasts.
The moves comes as Spotify looks to make use of the more than $400 million that it has already spent to grab a share of the podcast market. It’s also angling for a bigger share of in-car listening. Spotify confirmed last month it will begin testing a voice-controlled podcast and music device in the coming weeks geared toward in-vehicle entertainment systems. They’ve dubbed it Car Thing. The device uses Bluetooth to connect a Spotify user to their dashboard, utilizing a “Hey Spotify” voice command to pick a podcast or music programming. Car Thing also includes presets allowing users to quickly tune to their favorite playlists. “The test will be done in the U.S. only, with a small group of invited Spotify Premium users,” the company said in an announcement.