Spotify and Apple show narrative ambition with new audio stories
There is more to non-music audio than podcasts, as we’ve been pointing out recently. The latest proof comes from Spotify and Apple, with their latest content experiments. Spotify has released nine new audiobooks on its...
January 26, 2021
Deezer adds ‘Country Selector’ and standalone audiobooks app
Deezer has been busy adding new features this year, and a couple more have come this week. One is 'Country Selector', a toggle for users to switch their music and podcast content to another country of their choice. It's...
September 17, 2020
Apple and Deezer reveal their latest books and audiobooks expansion
Music and podcasts are increasingly intertwined on various streaming services, but books – and specifically audiobooks – may also be joining the party. We recently reported on Spotify's ambitions on that front,...
September 9, 2020
Spotify wants to ‘imagine new possibilities’ for audiobooks
When Spotify bagged an exclusive on a new J.K. Rowling audiobook – a celebrity re-reading of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – we wondered if it hinted at ambitions to do more with audiobooks. Now look:...
August 17, 2020
Is Harry Potter exclusive a sign of Spotify audiobook plans?
Spotify doesn’t think exclusives are good… for music. Spoken-word content? That’s a different story: the streaming service has been eagerly striking exclusive deals with podcasters and investing heavily...
May 6, 2020
Apple Music adds artists’ audiobooks for streaming
We’ve written a fair amount about the differing strategies of Spotify and Apple Music when it comes to spoken-word content. Spotify is piling in to podcasts and giving them equal billing to music on its ‘audio-first’...
May 4, 2020
Almost Tangible wants to make audiobooks more immersive
Yesterday, Music Ally was at the Quantum conference in London. It’s a one-day event within the London Book Fair with a focus partly on new technologies and trends. One of the companies speaking was a startup called Almost...
March 12, 2019
Spotify’s ‘Word’ category highlights spoken-word content
Spotify has made it clear that podcasts are just its first push into non-music content, so what’s next? A blog post by the company highlighting its ‘Word’ category offers some hints. “A category home to recordings...
February 21, 2019