What you need to know
- Spotify has launched podcast subscriptions in 33 new countries.
- Countries include the United Kingdom, Spain, Portugal, Australia, and more.
Popular music streaming app Spotify is a growing presence in the podcast world and it just announced that it's bringing its podcast subscriptions to 33 new countries.
More people than ever can now pay podcast creators for their work directly, with creators able to mark content as being subscriber-only. People in 33 new countries will now be able to pay to listen to that content, with those countries including; Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. Yahoo! Finance also points out that Canada, Germany, Austria, and France will come online next week, too.
Podcasts are fast becoming a new battleground for companies like Spotify and Apple, with the latter offering its own podcast subscription offering via the Podcasts app on iPhones, iPads, Macs, and Apple Watches.
Spotify has also announced a new multi-year agreement with Bad Robot Audio that could bring a ton of content to the service.
Bad Robot is behind shows like "Lost," "Alias," "Fringe," "Person of Interest," "Castle Rock," "Westworld," and others, as well as films like "Super 8," "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" and "Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker," and the "Star Trek," "Mission: Impossible" and "Cloverfield" franchises.
At the time of writing neither Bad Robot Audio nor Spotify is saying which shows will come to Spotify.