• Spotify has a new video podcast feature
  • The feature will be available for all markets with support for video podcasts and is free for all Spotify users
  • The audio will continue to play in the background if the user opens another app and can also be downloaded

Music streaming platform Spotify is now introducing video podcasts so that creators and their fans will be able to connect with each other via streaming.

Spotify has announced that it is adding video podcasts to its service so that fans can “better connect to creators,” Engadget reported. The feature will be enabled in all markets where video podcasts are supported, and fans will be able to watch videos as soon as the feature is rolled out in their location.

The feature will be available for those who have Spotify Premium accounts as well as those who don't.

Spotify said listeners will be able to tune in to podcasts like “Book of Basketball 2.0,” “Fantasy Footballers,” “Higher Learning with Van Lathan & Rachel Lindsay,” “H3 Podcast,” “The Misfits Podcast,” “The Morning Toast,” and “The Rooster Teeth Podcast” to watch and listen to the hosts.

Video podcasts are easy to access. All a free or premium user needs to do is go to a supported podcast (like the ones mentioned above), then hit play on the mobile or desktop app. The video will automatically start and sync with the audio feed so that the host's movements will be in sync with the sound.

Spotify noted that those who want to do other things while listening to the video podcast can do so without any worry. The audio will continue to play in the background while the user does something on another app. Users also have the option to download the audio so that they can listen to the podcast on the go.

The music streaming service calls this the “first version” of the video podcast feature, indicating that it will work to improve it over time.

The new feature will allow select creators to create video and audio content to be shared with their fans on Spotify. It is meant to enrich the creator and subscriber's experience, giving both a way to connect more meaningfully and deeply.

For a start, Spotify says the latest episode of “Higher Learning with Van Lathan & Rachel Lindsay” now has video. Those who want to get their first try at watching a video podcast can do so by clicking here.

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