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Spotify users in the US can access 300,000 audiobooks on the streaming platform NOW.
Spotify Chief Financial Officer Paul Voge has announced that Spotify planned to enter the audiobook market “very soon” at the 2nd Annual Evercore ISI 2022 Technology, Media & Telecommunications Conference.
As of yesterday, US-based Spotify listeners can access 300,000 audiobooks with titles from writers like Stephen King and Michelle Obama on the platform.
Spotify says users in the US can find audiobooks alongside music and podcasts in a section of their search library. And they can also find them in their organized recommendations on the Home tab.
But, for now, users will actually have to purchase titles before they can listen.
Moreover, a rating system is also available for users. This feature collects and publicly displays title ratings.
Its new audiobooks feature is the third step in Spotify’s audio stool. Now, the platform allows users to stream music, podcasts, and audiobooks in one place.
Our hope is that users who find audiobooks in their apps starting today feel that the user experience is obvious – that audiobooks fit seamlessly into the way they already use Spotify.
Spotify says it has “tested, researched and listened to find how to create the most seamless experience” for users with its new feature.
That said, Spotify also says that integrating audiobooks will be an “ongoing effort”. In other words, the company is “working to create a seamless audiobook experience, and [will] keep building and innovating on that in the future”.
In his initial announcement, Spotify chief financial officer Paul Voge said the company also wanted to give authors the best possible experience.
Well, Spotify said in their press release “it’s important to us to deliver a great experience for the people behind the audiobooks we all love, and you can expect us to start rolling out some exciting features soon.” for creators”.
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