Spotify is introducing videos for mobile app and desktop users, but for select podcasts and not for music.
According to The Star Online, the new feature, launched in all markets with podcasts, will play the video where the podcast’s cover image usually is.
Like other video apps, users can rotate to landscape mode to view it in full screen. However there is no native full screen button.
The controls available include skipping 15 seconds ahead or backwards, changing speed (from half speed up to triple speed) and built in sleep-timer.
“Many podcast fans love watching their favourite podcasts as much as they enjoy listening to them. Through these visuals, fans can get to know their favourite podcast hosts even better, and creators can more deeply connect with their audiences,” Spotify said in a press release.
The feature was available for free and premium users on both the desktop and mobile app.
The video feature was also designed to synchronise and play automatically along with the audio.
Currently, there is no option to turn off the video when listening to the podcast.
However, if users multitask to a different app or lock their screen, the app would only stream the audio in the background. Spotify assures this would require “minimal” data usage.
Alternatively, users can download the podcasts over WiFi to listen on the go.