Today, Amazon announced that it's adding podcasts to Amazon Music for customers in the U.S., UK, Germany, and Japan. They're available for all of the various tiers of the company's music services, and at no additional charge.
The company also said that it's going to be releasing a series of original podcasts, which of course will be exclusive to Amazon Music, similar to what Spotify has been doing. Some of these exclusives will be hosted by people like DJ Khaled, Becky G, Will Smith, and Dan Patrick. Amazon is also picking up the rights to the "music-meets-true-crime" podcast called Disgraceland.
"Our customers’ listening habits are constantly evolving, and we know they’re looking to us to provide them with a rich experience rooted in music and entertainment," said Steve Boom, VP of Amazon Music. "With this launch, we’re bringing customers even more forms of entertainment to enjoy, while enabling creators to reach new audiences globally, just as we’ve done with music streaming. Podcasts, paired with our recent partnership with Twitch to bring live streaming into the app, makes Amazon Music a premiere destination for creators."
Podcasts are available on Amazon Music starting today, and as mentioned, it's for all tiers, including the free one. You can listen using an Echo, the Amazon Music app, or on the web. If your podcast isn't listed yet, you can add it here.