is testing a new Spaces tab
that leads to an audio hub with both Spaces and podcasts grouped by theme. There will be recommendations based on who you follow on Twitter (for example if you follow Vox, you may be recommended the Vox podcast). What’s not clear is how creators can ensure their podcasts are included (maybe just Tweet the links?). Learn more.
If you are a podcast creator, and are looking to connect with fellow creators, check out Spotify’s Creator Discord,
meant for creative feedback, setting up collaborations, connecting with the Spotify editorial team and more.
Streaming platform Twitch
made a major change to its Partner program this week. Partners are no longer to exclusively stream on Twitch
. They can now also stream on “web-based, Twitch-like” platforms, such as Facebook and YouTube (but not at the same time as their stream on Twitch), and stream simultaneously to primarily “short form, mobile services” like TikTok and Instagram Live. It will be interesting to see if some of the popular live streamers decide it’s worth their while to live stream to multiple platforms.
And there were a number of other Twitch updates announced this week:
If you have been using YouTube Music
for your tunes, you can now find your Summer Recap in the app
so you can review your top songs, artists and albums. There’s also a personalized Summer Recap playlist. I guess this means summer is over :(
YouTube Music will also be getting slightly less personalized.
Currently YouTube Music lets you opt in to use your precise location to recommend tunes. You might get different recommended playlists at the gym, at the office, in the park or at home. This is being discontinued September 26, and any YouTube Music data derived from your precise location will be deleted. You will get recommendations based on your general location (city or country), and you can select music based on your activity on the Home screen.
Blogging and Web Publishing
- Custom domains “back for good”. It’s noted the option was originally added in 2015, removed in 2018, added back in 2021, then removed again last May, which is some serious whiplash. Medium’s new stance: “You need to know that you can rely on the publishing tools we give you.”
- The post editor is coming back to the mobile Medium app
- They now have a straightforward reverse-chronological following feed.
Google Meet update
: to briefly unmute yourself, hold down the space bar. Releasing the space bar mutes you again. This will be available starting September 9.