After a protracted wait, Spotify is embracing the inevitable. The favored music and podcast service simply added 300,000 audiobooks to its lineup. However towards all logic, you possibly can’t purchase these audiobooks within the Spotify cell app. It’s good to buy them by Spotify’s internet participant.
It’s a bizarre scenario—presumably, Spotify needs to keep away from utilizing Apple or Google’s in-app fee techniques, which take a share of all purchases. Spotify might attempt to get an exemption from these obligatory techniques (in spite of everything, Amazon enjoys a sure stage of exemption), however in the interim, prospects can’t purchase audiobooks inside the Spotify cell app.
However if you ignore this bizarre drawback, the Spotify audiobook expertise appears fairly complete. All audiobooks are cut up into chapters, which stop you from shedding your home and provide you with a simple technique to re-experience your favourite components of a e book. You’ll be able to improve or lower the velocity of a e book, obtain it for offline playback, or contribute to a public score.
Spotify says that it could recommend audiobooks based mostly in your listening exercise and purchases. Moreover, audiobooks will present up in your Spotify residence display screen together with any albums, playlists, artists, or podcasts you’ve lately loved. (Although the core “Audiobook” web page is sectioned off, fortunately.)
My solely hangup, except for the in-app purchases factor, is that these audiobooks are full worth. Premium subscribers don’t get any advantages right here. It looks as if a missed alternative, however given all of the irritating experiences I’ve had with Audible’s subscription plan and expiring credit, possibly Spotify made the proper transfer.
Audiobooks are reside within the Spotify app. To see them, merely lookup “audiobooks” in Spotify or go to the Audiobooks internet participant.