Soundtrap is the cloud music-studio startup that Spotify acquired in November 2017. Since then, the tool has continued to develop, including partnerships with schools and collaborations between emerging artists. Now it’s also part of Spotify’s push into podcasts, with the launch of something called Soundtrap for Storytellers.

Spotify is describing it as “a cloud-based one-stop shop for podcast creation… recording, remote multi-track interviewing with video chat, smart editing of audio as a text document, full audio production, direct-to-Spotify publishing of the podcast, and transcript publishing to optimise SEO all in one service”.

It’s a subscription-based service for podcasters, costing $14.99 a month, with a discount for paying annually. It looks slick, but people will be wondering how it sits alongside Anchor, the podcast-creation app recently acquired by Spotify. The key difference is the price: Anchor remains free, and is thus more of an entry-level tool for aspiring podcasters, while Soundtrap for Storytellers will be the next level up. At least for now: it wouldn’t be that surprising to see Spotify bring the two together at some point in the future.

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