Spotify for Podcasters adds new integration with Riverside and discontinues some existing podcasting tools


Spotify has announcement an expanded partnership with video and podcast recording platform Riverside, and is discontinuing some of its legacy podcasting tools. The company is shutting down its native web and mobile authoring tools, including its “Music + Talk” tool, which is an experimental feature that allows podcasters to include fully licensed music tracks in their podcast episodes on Spotify.

The decision to shut down the Music + Talk feature, first launched in June, is a blow to music podcasters, who share music tracks while discussing them in their podcasts. Spotify is also shutting down its Save with Friends and Voice Message features. Additionally, episode creation experiences on mobile and web are discontinued.

The company says the changes, which take effect in June, are part of its efforts to refocus its attention from some of its existing tools to “the next generation of podcast innovation.”

Thanks to the expanded partnership with Riverside, podcasters can now record and edit their audio and video podcasts with Riverside directly within the Spotify for Podcasters web product.

“You can invite guests for remote interviews, make precise edits to the recording based on the transcript, and use their full suite of AI tools to further clean and improve your content before publishing it seamlessly via Spotify for Podcasts,” Spotify wrote in a statement. blog post.

When creators create a new episode in Spotify for Podcasts, they can now click the “Create with Riverside” button. Creators can record, edit, and publish episodes without leaving their browser window. You can record a new episode or edit an existing one. If you’re recording a new episode, you start by selecting the type of episode you want to create. Then you can invite your guests to join you and press Save.

When you’re finished recording, you can delete parts of your episode. Change the layout of video episodes, add subtitles to your video or remove background noise. Once you’re done editing, you can save your episode to Spotify for Podcasts. Then you can enter your episode details and add monetization if available. You can then hit publish and your podcast will go live.

Spotify first launched its partnership with Riverside in 2022. The company says Riverside offers a set of podcast creation features similar to what exists in Spotify for podcasts today, but with the addition of new tools video and AI.

Last week, Spotify CEO Daniel Ek told investors the company wasn’t afraid to wind down operations to refocus on value. He said that “killing things that sometimes work is a healthy thing to refocus and re-energize people on the things that really generate a lot of value.”

The new integration with Riverside and the demise of Spotify’s legacy tools indicate that Spotify isn’t exactly focused on developing in-house tools for creators, but rather is looking to expand its partnership with a company already respected by podcasters.


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