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Amazon wants podcasts, but only if they’re for Amazon – Review Geek



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Podcasts are coming to Amazon Music and Audible, according to a “confidential”

; email sent to producers on August 10th. The email published by The desksuggests that Music and Audible subscribers get access to podcasts at no additional charge. However, Amazon wants podcasts to submit their shows for review and is urging producers to adhere to controversial content restrictions.

Like Pocket Casts or Apple Podcasts, Amazon simply creates a directory for shows so that podcasts can quickly register for Amazon’s services through their hosting provider. However, Amazon’s desire to review shows is far from the “anything goes” standard set by other apps and could limit the number of shows available on Amazon services.

Amazon also wants podcasts to sign a license agreement that shows it does not violate copyright law, promote illegal behavior, hate speech, or use language to belittle or attack Amazon’s services. The license agreement is rather vague and we’re not sure where Amazon draws the line between criticism, bad press and “derogatory” messages.

Aside from the review process and content restrictions, Amazon’s approach to podcasts is standard. You can subscribe to podcasts, download shows to listen to offline, or stream content at no additional cost. And unlike Spotify, Amazon doesn’t seem interested in exclusive shows or targeted advertising (at least not yet).

There’s no word on when podcasts will be coming to Music and Audible. In the meantime, you should fix your problem with a podcast app that doesn’t worry about “derogatory” news.

Source: Amazon via The Desk




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