To that end, the streaming giant today announced a new kind of in-house-created playlist called Your Daily Drive, which will offer up for users a mix of music and news content in a way that hopefully makes listeners never want to actually turn on their car's radio.
"Americans log 70 billion hours behind the wheel each year, with a big chunk of that time spent commuting to and from work or school", Spotify wrote. For news, Spotify says it'll source from "reputable" sources, including the Wall Street Journal, NPR, and PRI, and will update throughout the day to keep things fresh.
From there, users can either swipe back and forth through the tabs and subsections, or tap on them to access them directly.
The podcasts for the Daily Drive playlist includes news talk shows according to the relevancy and personality of the hosts to a user. This, along with the Stations app, seems to indicate Spotify is doubling down on curated, AI-enabled experiences in its attempts to dominate Apple Music, Pandora, and other music streaming apps. (I'm looking at you, Havana by Camilla Cabello).
Included at launch for users in the USA, where this seems to be exclusive for now, are features including short-form podcast news updates from publishers like The Wall Street Journal and NPR.
The Episodes tab allows you to quickly find new episodes or resume podcasts you're listening to and further down the list you'll find new episodes of podcasts you follow.
In brief: In its bid to purvey more podcasts, Spotify has overhauled the Your Library interface. A Spotify spokesperson said it won't do that and instead stick to short-form podcasts.