Spotify comes with a new feature for videos with podcasts. A trial will start with a limited number of podcast shows where video can be played in addition to audio. Audio will also continue to run in the background.
The video podcasts can be listened to and viewed by both free users and premium users. According to Spotify, this is an early version of the feature that will be available to everyone in the near future.
For the time being there are seven podcasts where video is present. Those are Book of Basketball 2.0, Fantasy Footballers, The Misfits Podcast, The Morning Toast, H3 Podcast, Higher Learning with Van Lathan and Tachel Lindsay, and The Rooster Teeth Podcast. Spotify says it is about ‘selected creators’. The company does not write whether all creators will soon be able to add images to their podcast, or how that should be done.
According to Spotify, users can also simply download the audio of the podcast offline with the video podcasts. The audio also continues to play in the background if users do not have the app open. The video cannot be played via picture-in-picture mode.
Spotify has invested a lot in podcasts in recent years. The company recently signed an exclusive million dollar deal with Joe Rogan. He will only offer his podcasts on Spotify. The company also bought podcast network Gimlet Media.