As expected, Spotify unveiled new features for its music streaming service at a special media event in New York City. The company announced it will be adding videos and podcasts to its platform alongside "activity-based playlists," according to Tech Crunch. The announcement comes a few weeks before Apple is expected to unveil its revamped music services, such as an "all-new" Music app.
The updated playlist feature is a lot like Beats Music "Sentence" option where users will be offered playlists based on their music history, age and location. Users will be able to swipe through the suggested playlists while they autoplay to give an example of what type of music they contain. The app will also now utilize the many sensors found in the iPhone to deliver specialized "Running" playlists based on a user's activities.
Spotify has teamed up with several content providers such as NBC, Slate, Vice NEWS, Comedy Central MTV, E!, TeamCoco and Adult Swim to offer podcasts and video clips. The new servuces will be available in the U.S., U.K., Germany, and Sweden starting today.
New users can download the Spotify app from the Apple App Store for free. The free version of the app offers the ability to playany artist, album, or playlist in shuffle mode on mobile, and the ability to play any song, any time on your tablet. The app supports all devices running iOS 7.0 or later.