Music streaming service Spotify has officially launched Music + Talk, a new kind of podcast that weaves together music and spoken-word content.
Similar to the podcasts rampant on the app, the new feature makes it possible for the hosts to integrate songs to their recordings from the more than 70 million tunes in Spotify's arsenal. Think radio, but in episode form. Spotify Premium users will hear the full tracks in the shows, while Free users will only hear 30-second previews.
Music + Talk's initial rollout was in October of last year starting with the U.S., Canada, the U.K., Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand. They've now expanded the service to cater to creators and users across Europe, Latin America, and Asia.
Curious to experience the new feature? Check out these local Music + Talk podcasts for your next listening session.
Taking off from their original topic-based podcast Wake Up With Jim & Saab, this new spin-off sees the couple offering life advice and chatting with their listeners.
They also make a customized playlist based on the listener's experience, then analyze the lyrics of each curated song to point out how relevant it actually is.
Bagong podcast?! Tekatekatekateka, wag kang magpanic. MAKINIG KA MUNA.
Announcing our new Spotify original podcast, Makinig Ka Muna! Don't worry, hindi mawawala ang WUWJS, because #MakinigKaMuna is a new listening experience (whoa!)#ListeningisEverything #SpotifyPinoyPodcasts pic.twitter.com/F69Peh7Wfa— Jim And Saab (@jimandsaab) August 18, 2021
Itchyworms and Rocksteddy members Jugs Jugueta and Teddy Corpuz get behind the mic not to rock out, but to analyze the OPM hits that have stood the test of time.
"Basically it's [about] the secrets we acquired all these years in the music industry, in OPM. It's quite a library of stories to tell our listeners here in Spotify," Corpuz had shared.
Their first episode sees the duo playing and talking about their musical influences, from Eraserheads to Yano.
Our very own @jugsjugsjugs together with co-host @teddspotting has also released a podcast called Soundtrip, also under @Spotify 's new Music + Talk feature. Go check it out for some OPM rakrakan and kwentuhan!https://t.co/bruGJ4ZhmP pic.twitter.com/xDB4zGeVEL— The Itchyworms (@theitchyworms) August 19, 2021
Hosted by directors Antoinette Jadaone and JP Habac, the Ang Walang Kwentang Podcast utilized Spotify's new feature in their latest episode by playing Ariana Grande's thank u, next and Paul Pablo's Bangin in between giving relationship advice.
Down for a fright? Stories After Dark chronicles the best true crime stories of the Philippines. Their latest episode follows the death of guitarist Teddy Diaz, which they interplay with songs from his band, The Dawn.
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This episode was made with @anchor's new Music+Talk feature which allows podcasters access to @Spotify's library of songs. pic.twitter.com/bjIzVQNJVS
Comedian Red Ollero takes on the Music + Talk feature by shining the spotlight on the OPM indie genre during his latest episode. Red cuts in between songs from acts Oddjob, The Oemons, Shadow Moses, crwn, and She's Only Sixteen to narrate where he first heard the bands and his take on the music scene in the country today.
What other Music + Talk podcasts are you listening to?