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Anchor goes away: Spotify make big changes

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At the Stream On event in Los Angeles CA, USA on Wednesday (transcript), Spotify made a number of announcements.

  • Anchor, the free podcast host, is now called Spotify for Podcasters. The new podcast hosting service from Spotify includes automated ads (US-only, invite-only), and podcast subscriptions (in 34 markets). Spotify will now allow any podcaster to use Q&A and polls - wherever they’re hosted.

  • The company announced an expanded video podcasts lineup, a return of a Gotham City-themed podcast, and new exclusives including The Comment Section.

  • Spotify revealed their latest interface, a vertically-scrolling way to discover new shows (and music, including video clips). Spotify has also unveiled Autoplay for Podcasts - when a podcast ends, another relevant episode that fits your taste will automatically play. (As our Editor will reveal later on Thursday at Podcast Movement, Spotify has the lowest figure for per-person podcast consumption in the industry: these automated plays will significantly change that).

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