Amazon Audible is now offering 100,000 podcast shows for free

Amazon has announced it will add 100,000 free podcasts to Audible, the platform that was originally launched to offer audiobooks. The podcast shows on Audible consist of 30 lakh episodes, all of which are available with no membership fees. Some of the new podcasts on the platform include Pod Save America, This American Life, and Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend, all of which are already available on other podcast platforms. However, with their arrival at Audible, Amazon wants to grab the attention of podcast listeners and compete against existing players like Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

From Wednesday, third-party podcasts as well as various audio books and Audible originals will be published in a separate area on the Audible website reported by type. The newly added podcasts can also be listened to by inaudible members for free. However, registration via an Amazon account is required.

With the expansion of podcasts to Audible, Amazon wants to strengthen its platform in the podcasting market, which is still in its infancy but is growing quite rapidly even in markets like India.

However, Spotify is still a leader with numerous podcast shows on its platform. The Stockholm, Sweden-based company also offers a variety of original podcasts to keep international audiences strong in the race. In addition to Spotify, Apple Podcasts is already a strong competitor for Audible with over 15 lakh titles.

Even so, Audible is expanding its podcast business by already having a list of shows under its original catalog. These shows range from Arts & Entertainment and Business & Management to Comedy and Fiction genres.

In August, Audible introduced Audible Plus to allow unlimited listening to select audiobooks, original shows, and podcasts. Audible Plus costs $ 7.95 (about Rs. 600) per month, while Audible Premium Plus with a premium title and 30 percent discount on premium select titles is $ 14.95 (about Rs. 1,100).


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