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Winners and Losers: YouTube Music expands to podcasts as Twitter hides Twitter Blue point out

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One other financial institution vacation weekend means one other re-creation of Trusted Evaluations Winners and Losers. 

This week noticed the launch of the Motorola Edge 40, Star Wars: Jedi Survivor land on consoles and PC, and loads of Pixel 7a and Pixel Fold rumours forward of subsequent week’s annual I/O occasion. 

Preserve studying to find our winner and loser from this previous week.

YouTube Music

Winner: Google 

Our winner this week is Google after the corporate lastly rolled out assist for podcasts on YouTube Music within the US. 

The YouTube Music app now has a devoted tab that subscribers can faucet into to seek out podcasts – that’s at the least for many who have already acquired the replace. Podcasts are rolling out slowly so that you may need to test again later in the event you haven’t acquired it simply but. 

Like Spotify, YouTube Music will permit customers to maneuver between the audio and video variations of a podcast immediately throughout the audio streaming app. This seems like one thing that has lengthy been lacking from YouTube Music, particularly contemplating how widespread its video-focused counterpart has been for watching video podcasts. 

Podcasts have been an enormous space of funding for Spotify lately with 5 million podcasts at the moment out there throughout the app. Apple Podcasts can also be an extremely widespread vacation spot for the format, with greater than 2 million titles hosted by itself app. 

Sadly, there’s at the moment no phrase on when YouTube Music’s podcast tab will probably be out there within the UK (or anyplace else on the earth). Google first introduced that podcast assist can be coming to the US in February, so, hopefully, it gained’t be lengthy earlier than the remainder of the world is invited to get on board. 

Twitter Blue

Loser: Twitter 

This week’s loser is Twitter after the social platform made one more questionable determination relating to its verification course of. 

Twitter has formally eliminated any reference to Twitter Blue subsequent to its verification tick. Meaning there’s not any straightforward strategy to distinguish which customers paid for the little blue icon. 

Up till lately, clicking on the blue test introduced up a message that learn “This account is verified as a result of they’re subscribed to Twitter Blue and verified their telephone quantity”. 

Now, the message merely states “This account is verified”, leaving it as much as customers to tell apart celebrities and public figures from us common folks. 

This replace comes weeks after Twitter ended its Legacy Blue test system, taking the tick away from any customers nonetheless holding onto it from final yr or earlier.

You may assume that eliminating the Legacy Blue test would assist drive subscriptions. Nonetheless, in accordance with a report by Mashable, that doesn’t appear to be the case in any respect with the web progress of Twitter Blue subscribers persevering with to fall according to that of earlier weeks.

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