Ingrid Lunden at TechCrunch:
Spotify’s upcoming integration with Uber — getting announced formally today — is not the only development the music streaming service has planned to grow its business. The company has plans for a podcasting service as well as an as-yet undetermined feature that is currently set up under the name “Magic.”
iTunes adding podcast support was the Big Bang for medium, and if Spotify is about to follow suit, it could be just as big of a deal.
However, I’d be lying to say I’m not nervous about this potential move. If Spotify moves in with terms that aren’t favorable to podcasters — hi, Stitcher! — it doesn’t really help anyone who isn’t willing to play ball.
Of course, it’s way too early to know how this will go down. I’m excited for a service of Spotify’s size to embrace podcasting, but I worry how they may throw around their weight.