27 August 2020
Spotify has officially announced users can build playlists of their favorite podcasts or add podcasts to existing playlists. This means podcasts and songs can be merged in a playlist for a mixed-media experience. You can either make a pure playlist of podcasts only to listen to them in a row when you’re on a long drive or make your playlist with songs and podcasts if you like a musical interlude in between episodes.
Getting started with a podcasts playlist is similar to what you do while making a playlist of your favorite songs. You just need to tap the three dots available to the right of the track or episode. Then tap “add to playlist,” and select a playlist you’ve already created or tap new playlist to create a new one from scratch.
Spotify does mention while announcing this new feature that if you’re using Spotify on desktop, you can only stream the playlists you’ve made on mobile that include podcasts but you can’t make a playlist from your desktop. So, that’s a heads up to avoid any puzzling over this new feature if you listen to Spotify on desktop.
In other related stuff, though not the official one, Spotify has started responding to Siri commands. This feature is under testing and should debut to everyone in the coming weeks. The Siri integration support comes as a part of iOS 13 update and it’s currently available on iPhone and AirPods only. The integration lets you request Spotify songs with Siri. You just have to give commands like, “Hey Siri play Starboy on Spotify” and the app will start playing it for you.
Unfortunately, this support doesn’t work with on Apple Watch as the wearable doesn’t have a fully dedicated Spotify app. It simply responds with “I’m sorry, I can’t do that on your Apple Watch.”
On the other hand, it works completely fine on Apple AirPods allowing you to play from albums, playlists, or songs using Siri. According to TheVerge, Siri isn’t working well with the podcasts as it’s unable to fetch the results.