Spotify boosts podcast features with new option to add to music playlists

As Spotify expands its service and moves further into the world of podcasting, the company has updated how its playlist feature works. Users can now create podcast playlists and also create playlists with music and podcasts.

Spotify announced the news in a press release today:

Until recently, playlists were only for music. But now, in the true spirit of Audio First, Spotify users can combine music and podcasts on the same playlists.

Users can also add podcasts to existing playlists and more.

With this recently released and frequently requested feature, users can create podcast playlists or add podcasts to existing playlists for a mixed media experience. Users can also set up a playlist of multiple podcasts in a row, perfect for a long car ride or maybe a run, or incorporate their favorite songs into news, comedy, or sports podcasts. (Here’s an idea: Create a selection of sunny, enjoyable songs for before, after, and in between a bunch of great true-crime podcast episodes — you know, to balance yourself out.)

For now, creating playlists with podcasts is only available on iOS and Android, although Spotify hints the feature will also come to desktop. However, playlists with podcasts created on the mobile app will sync to desktop.

Here’s how to use the new feature:

  1. Just go to a podcast episode you like.
  2. Tap the three dots to the right of the track or episode.
  3. Tap “Add to Reading List”.
  4. Select a playlist you’ve already created and want to add it to.
  5. Or tap to create a new playlist from scratch.
  6. Play around with podcast episodes interspersed with music tracks to curate handpicked listening sessions.
  7. Share with your friends or make your playlists public – others are sure to love them too!

Then, once you’re ready to play hours of Queue content, return to “Your Library” to see all your playlists in one place under the “Playlists” tab in Music. Sound familiar? If you’ve ever created a playlist for your favorite songs, you’re already a pro.

via MacRumors

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George L. Hernandez