Spotify bring audiobooks to US users

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September 23, 2022

Spotify launched audiobooks section ot US users on September, 20, 2022, making it the only streaming service offering three types of audio content: music, podcasts and audiobooks. Initially, Spotify debuted more than 300,000 titles on a pay-per-book model, among them books by best-selling authors like Colleen Hoover, Michelle Obama and Stephen King, recommended by Spotify editors. Grand View Research says the global market for audiobooks could grow sevenfold by 2030 to reach a worth of $35 billion.

Audiobook hub is available to both Spotify free and premium users. Users can find the Audiobook hub on the Browse all section on Search page for the first time. Later, you can find them in library, curated recommendations on Home. Audiobooks will show up with a lock icon on the play button, signaling that they need to be purchased in order to listen. However, you can only purchase audiobooks on desktop app and web player, not including mobile app. After purchasing, the book will be automatically saved in your library. You can download the audiobook for offline listening whenever they want. Other features include automatic bookmarking, speed control and rating. Every title in the catalog is individually priced. We have browsed several titles, priced between $5.49 to $32.9.

Spotify VS. Audible

Spotify will go up against top audiobook providers like Apple, Amazon-owned Audible, Google, Nook, Rakuten Kobo, Chirp, and public library offerings, including via OverDrive. Audible controlled about 48% of U.S. audiobook unit sales for the monthly period ended mid-April, according to book-audience researcher Codex Group LLC. Currently, Spotify do not have exclusive titles to lure in listeners, like Audible’s Originals – though that could change in time.

Audible is the most popular audiobook provider. Audible offers 30-day free trial and 2 free audio titles. After that, you can subscribe to Audible Plus($7.95/month) or Audible Premium plus($14.95/month). With Audible Premium Plus plan, Audible awards you with one credit each month. You can use this credit to purchase Audible audiobooks in different categories. So it usually costs you $14.95 per audiobook to keep forever. If you want to buy more books, you can buy more Audible credits or pay per audiobook. You can cancel the subscription anytime.

Audile is making some audiobooks which are on Spotify’s Great first audiobooks section on sale.

How to listen to Spotify audiobooks anywhere?

Although Spotify allows you to download audiobooks for offline playback, you can only play them within Spotify app.

To download Spotify audiobooks and play them anywhere, you can try a smart Spotify music downloader – Pazu Spotify Converter. It is specially designed for both Spotify Free and Premium users to download all Spotify songs/playlists/albums for offline listening. It’s able to extract Spotify music and convert them to MP3, M4A, AIFF, WAV, FLAC and AAC. With Pazu Spotify Music Converter, you can easily enjoy any Spotify Premium feature within a free account forever. Now, let’s learn how to use Pazu Spotify Music Converter to download and convert Spotify songs with a free subscription from the following tutorial.

Key features of Pazu Spotify Converter:

Download Spotify songs, albums, playlists and podcast with either Spotify free or premium account.

Built-in Spotify web player, no Spotify app needed.

Download Spotify to MP3 in 320kbps.

Multiple output formats: MP3, M4A, AAC, FLAC, WAV and AIFF.

Keep all ID3 tags.

Rename Spotify songs with title, album, artist, etc.

Archive downloaded songs by album or artist.

Multilingual interface.

1. Run Pazu Spotify Converter

Download, install and run Pazu Spotify Converter on your Mac or Windows. Log in your Spotify account with the built-in web player.

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2. Choose output format

Click the gear icon on the top right corner. Here you can select output format (AUTO(M4A)/MP3/AAC/FLAC/WAV/AIFF), choose output audio quality, customize the output path, organize the output files in various ways, rename output files and more.

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3. Select Spotify music

Use the integrated Spotify web player to search the songs, album, playlist or podcast you want to download. Click the Add to list button to load all songs in the album or playlist, uncheck the songs you don’t want to download if there are any.

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4. Download and Convert Spotify Songs to Local

Click Convert button to start downloading the Spotify songs to your local computer.

Once the conversion is done, you can find your Spotify songs downloaded as local files by clicking below folder button or directly going to the output folder you customized in the previous step.

Note: The free trial version of Pazu Spotify Converter enables you to convert the first three minutes of each song. You can remove the trial limitation by purchasing the full version.

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