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Spotify Shows leaves beta and ready to take on YouTube

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Spotify Shows leaves beta and ready to take on YouTube
Spotify has been working on a new video streaming service that it intends to have compete, at least to a limited degree, with services like YouTube and Snapchat Stories. The feature has been in beta for a while, but Spotify has decided it is finally ready for primetime and will be rolling it out beginning this week.

The plans for Spotify's video servce, which runs under the Now section of the app as "Shows", was originally announced back in May. Spotify made some big name partners including ABC, NBC, Comedy Central, ESPN, the BBC, Conde Nast, Fusion, Maker Studio, TED, and Vice News. The plan was to offer the newest and most relevant TV and news clips, similar to what you might find on the YouTube channels for shows like The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. The service will also package clips together in bundles like “News of the Week” or “Laughs at Lunch." 

Spotify Shows is a mobile-only feature right now, and is even coming to Android first, which is not a common practice. Shows are rolling out now to Android users, and will be hitting the iOS version of Spotify by the end of the week for users in the U.S. There is no word on when it might be coming to Windows. 


source: Spotify & WSJ
download: Spotify (Android & iOS)

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posted on 25 Jan 2016, 20:39

1. shiftt (Posts: 333; Member since: 03 May 2015)


(: Gotta love Spotify.

posted on 25 Jan 2016, 21:04

2. AlikMalix (Posts: 4855; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


Interesting that everyone is trying to "one-up" googles services. Good luck.

posted on 25 Jan 2016, 22:14 2

3. avinash22i (Posts: 47; Member since: 07 Nov 2013)


Competition is always good for the end consumer.

posted on 25 Jan 2016, 23:13

4. Tziggy14 (Posts: 437; Member since: 02 Sep 2014)


It's only a matter of time before YouTube has to seriously step its game up. No one stays on top forever.

Just ask MySpace before Faecbook came along. Just ask Nokia before Apple and Samsung came along.

posted on 25 Jan 2016, 23:29

5. AlikMalix (Posts: 4855; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


But you know it's a healthy thing when competition takes a proven idea and build on it.

posted on 26 Jan 2016, 07:40

6. Settings (Posts: 1448; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)


Yey! Another haven for cat videos!

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