Spotify is now more than just music. Earlier today, the streaming service announced some major new features.
As first rumored earlier this month, Spotify is adding video and podcasts. Along with a large amount of original content, you’ll be able to view news and clips from ABC, BBC, Comedy Central, Condé Nast Entertainment, ESPN, and many more.
And the music side of the equation is also receiving a pair of new features. The Now start page will learn what you like and recommend music to fit your taste and mood.
It will roll out today for iPhone users in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, and Sweden. More platforms and markets are promised in the near future.
Spotify Running for the iPhone will help motivate you to push on during a run. It will combine recommendations based on your listening history, multiple-genre playlists, and running compositions tuned specifically to your running tempo.
Here’s a promo video about all of the new features. Click here if you can’t see it.
The Spotify app is universal and designed for the iPhone/iPod touch and iPad/iPad mini. It can be downloaded now on the App Store for free. A subscription costs $9.99 per month.
As a long-time Spotify user, I’m definitely excited to see all of the new additions. It makes the great service all that much better.
It will be interesting to see how Apple responds when it introduces the revamped Beats Music service, which could be as early as WWDC next month in San Francisco.
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