Spotify Unveils Daily Drive, a Personalized Playlist Featuring Music and News

Spotify has unveiled a new feature for your daily commute.

Taking full advantage of its recent podcast acquisitions – – the company has rolled out Daily Drive.

The feature incorporates news podcasts alongside music recommendations.  NPR, The Wall Street Journal, and Public Radio International will provide news audio clips.  Music and news recommendations will update multiple times a day, meaning your evening news and music listening won’t be the same as in the morning.

Daily Drive represents Spotify’s broad efforts to aggressively grow its podcast listener base as well as its podcast offerings.  As described by the music streaming giant, the new feature mixes personalized music with “timely world updates from reputable sources.”

Daily Drive also follows other podcast-centric features.  Last week, the company rolled out human-curated podcasts to around 5% of its users in the UK, United States, Canada, Mexico, Sweden, Colombia, Chile, and Argentina as part of a test.  Podcast themes include comedy, geek culture, motivational walking, and true crime, among others.  With this new feature, Spotify aims to improve podcast discoverability.

Doubling down on its podcast features, the company has also posted a new job listing – News and Documentary Podcast Producer.

Serving in the news and culture lead division in New York, the selected candidate will work as a producer for pre-production, production, and distribution of Spotify’s internal News-focused podcasts.

The job will also include managing and producing content for publication on all platforms as well as audio production.

Based in New York, the selected candidate will report directly to Natalie Tulloch, Spotify’s Director of Planning and Ops in Content Partnerships.

The selected candidate will also have between 5 and 6 years of related work experience serving in the news and documentary community, proficiency with ProTools and Hindenburg, proficiency with presentation decks and data pulls, the ability to maintain a high attention to detail in a fast paced environment, experience recording in a studio setting, excellent interpersonal and communication skills, and the ability to work under pressure and an ease with people from different cultural and educational backgrounds.

People interested in the position can apply directly on Spotify’s website.