Spotify has recently turned its attention to podcasts. The company is now one of the most popular podcast streaming services and has been working hard to secure exclusivity deals with studios. Now, Spotify has made another important move for podcast subscriptions.

Spotify introduced podcast subscriptions earlier this year that allow creators to offer free subscriptions to their shows with extra bonuses like exclusive content or early episodes. Many podcasts were already using a similar model, but returning to Spotify through 3rd party services like Patreon could generate more revenue for creators. Spotify said there will be no cuts in subscription revenues for the first two years. On the other hand, a 5 percent fee will be charged from 2023.

Originally podcast subscriptions were only available in the United States series, but will expand to 33 more countries starting today. These countries are 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. includes Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. Spotify has stated that Canada, Germany, Austria and France will be added to the list next week. Additionally, the company says that the podcast subscription is available in six more countries, including Iraq, Libya, Tajikistan, Venezuela, the Republic of the Congo, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

For now, it is unclear when the subscription service will be available for our country.

Spotify recently announced that it has acquired the audiobook company Findaway.

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Michael Lewis


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