Spotify is trying to ruin podcasts

Spotify is trying to ruin podcasts


So I believe Spotify is trying to destroy
the podcasting ecosystem as it is right now for monetary gain. To understand why I think this, we must first
take a look at the way podcasts are traditionally delivered: through a technology called RSS. RSS works in much the same way email does
in that RSS is universal and open. Whether you’re using Gmail, Yahoo Mail,
Outlook, or even hosting your own email server, you can email anyone with an email address
and receive emails from other people regardless of what email platform you’re using. With podcasts, it also doesn’t matter what
podcast consumption app you’re using, podcasts can be imported as long as you have the RSS
link for the podcast. This also lets you do some other nifty things
like download the podcast episodes yourself, and see extra information about each podcast
episode in the feed, like the date of creation. Spotify does not let users import their own
podcasts through RSS, and only allows users to listen to podcasts found on their own platform. This move alone is the beginning of something
in the technology industry known as the “walled garden” If someone only knows how, or only chooses
to listen to podcasts through Spotify, they’ll miss out on any podcasts not available in
the app, whereas with almost any other major podcast app, they could just import any podcast
they want to listen to regardless of what Spotify thinks of it. The same “walled garden” argument could
be applied to Apple Podcasts, with Apple only approving podcasts meeting their guidelines
for search in the Podcasts app. However, Apple still allows podcast fans to
import podcasts through RSS in the Podcasts app on iOS and iTunes, so the Podcasts app
serves as more of a directory for Podcasts, with the added ability of being able to import
other podcasts. Spotify not allowing podcast importing through
RSS should be reason alone to cause outrage within the podcasting community, but there’s
something much worse that Spotify is also doing that could severely damage the way people
consume podcasts: Original Podcasts. Spotify Original Podcasts have existed for
a few months now, and Spotify has been making a great effort advertising these podcasts,
with the podcasts tab appearing as one of the first on Spotify’s Browse page. These podcasts are unavailable through an
official RSS feed, and as such are only legally available through their own app. With Spotify limiting user freedom in how
their own podcasts are consumed, they are setting a dangerous precedent in how other
podcasts are released. Who’s to say if Spotify’s Original Podcasts
are successful that Apple or another major major podcasting platform won’t create their
own podcasts? What if a Spotify Original Podcast becomes
so popular that Spotify begins making people pay for the podcast episodes individually,
or pay for a separate “Spotify Podcasts Premium?” A Spotify Original Podcast becoming very popular
isn’t something impossible, Spotify is the second biggest podcast platform, and in Spotify’s
eyes, it’s only a matter of time before one of their podcasts becomes a hit. Different media like TV, music, and movies
have been in my eyes ruined to an extent because of their exclusivity deals with certain retailers. Some podcasts as they are now, free and open,
are amazing experiences without a large corporate backing or exclusivity deal behind them, and
I think that these podcasts should be celebrated. We should not have to bow down to Spotify,
or any other company that wants to tell us how to consume podcasts, and this is the main
reason why I refuse to listen to podcasts through the app. We need to stop Spotify’s greed from destroying
the podcast ecosystem before it’s too late. If you’re a podcaster who is thinking about
submitting your podcast to Spotify, I strongly encourage you not to, or else you’re giving
Spotify just a little more leverage to use against podcast listeners if Spotify decides
to close down further on their walled garden. I know it might be a little much to ask, with
Spotify having an such a large audience, but I think this is a sacrifice that deserves
to be made, as a move against Spotify’s anti-consumer podcasting practices. If you’re just an ordinary person, just
don’t use Spotify for podcasts. I recommended Overcast for podcasts, it’s
pretty good at downloading episodes in just the right order I want, and it let’s you
import podcasts through RSS unlike Spotify. Apple Podcasts also works pretty well as a
podcasting app, with the added benefit of it being ingrained into iOS and Siri. If you know someone who uses Spotify for podcasts,
just recommend them another app to use. If we all agree to not use Spotify podcasts,
Spotify’s walled garden will crumble, with them realizing that a podcasting platform
that tries to take freedom away from the end-user is simply one that people don’t want. Thank you for watching this video, subscribe
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