It’s a giant ol’ Spotify day right here at Hot Pod. The firm is making strikes, buying Wordle-inspired music trivia sport Heardle, increasing its video podcast attain to new international locations, and taking one other hit podcast unique.
Plus, a roundup of the perfect Prime Day audio offers. Let’s get into it.
Spotify acquires music trivia sport Heardle
Spotify introduced Tuesday that it has bought Heardle, one of many many themed trivia video games that cropped up within the wake of Wordle’s blockbuster success. Heardle is Spotify’s first sport acquisition, and the corporate hopes it’s going to play a twin position: along with preserving music nerds engaged, it might act as a music discovery instrument. You can read all about it here.
Spotify expands video podcasts to 6 extra international locations
As the choice for video podcasts grows, Spotify is increasing the function to 6 new markets. The firm introduced right this moment that podcasters in Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Brazil, and Mexico can now add video podcasts to the platform. Previously, video podcasts had been solely accessible in English-speaking international locations, together with the US, the UK, Ireland, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.
Spotify is making an attempt to broaden its world podcast footprint usually, having just lately introduced new discovery playlists for podcasts in international locations like Japan, the Philippines, and Argentina. But it is additionally trying to thrust back a problem from YouTube, which already has a large world presence. As the traces between podcasts and movies blur, YouTube is turning into an more and more large participant within the podcast trade and, in line with one research, is already the biggest podcast platform within the US.
Hit Australian podcast Toni and Ryan goes unique to Spotify
This is the final Spotify merchandise, I promise. The streamer has signed widespread Australian podcasters Ryan Jon Dunn and Toni Lodge to a multiyear unique deal. The comedy chat present, which launched lower than a 12 months in the past, ranks at quantity 26 on Spotify’s Australian podcast chart and reportedly will get more than 1 million downloads a month. The podcast will develop into unique to Spotify beginning on August eighth.
Prime Day audio offers: headphones, audio system, and subscriptions
It’s Prime Day! And to not shill for a trillion-dollar firm (it doesn’t want my assist!), however there are some good bargains on audio devices in case you are in search of new headphones or audio system. The Verge’s stellar critiques workforce rounded up some of the best deals:
- The Beats Fit Pro are going for $159.95. The mannequin often prices $199.99, and this is the primary large low cost that has been supplied. The workforce beforehand gave the buds a great review for his or her design and audio high quality.
- Sony’s WH-1000XM4 wi-fi, noise-canceling over-ear headphones can be found for $228, down from their authentic $348 value. The Verge says that these are a number of the best noise-canceling headphones available on the market.
- The fashionable Marshall Stanmore II Bluetooth speaker is promoting for $249.99, down from its retail value of $379.99.
- Audible has prolonged its Premium Plus membership free trial to three months (usually, it is 30 days), after which the audiobook and podcast subscription prices $15 a month. Again, hate to shill, however I’m form of an Audible addict, and it makes a fantastic dad reward once you don’t know what else to get. The provide extends past Prime Day and is accessible till the top of the month.
- Amazon Music Unlimited is providing a four-month free trial, up from the same old one month. After the trial expires, AMU begins at $9 per thirty days.
ICYMI: Lewis Black sues Pandora for $10 million over copyright infringement
Insiders final week obtained a peek at my scoop on Lewis Black’s lawsuit against Pandora. Black joins Andrew Dice Clay and the property of Robin Williams in suing SiriusXM’s audio streamer for copyright infringement. Like the opposite comedians suing Pandora, Black claims that his comedy albums have a copyright for the written materials (not simply the recording) for which Pandora by no means obtained. He is suing the corporate for greater than $10 million. If Pandora loses, it may very well be on the hook for greater than $70 million, and the case may set a precedent that will pave the best way for extra comedians (and perhaps even podcasters) to say copyright infringement.
That’s all for right this moment! See you subsequent week.