Facebook introduces the Live Audio Room, a competitor to Clubhouse. Faced with competition from Clubhouse and Spotify, Facebook launched Live Audio Rooms. And podcasts on its services on Monday for prominent personalities and select individuals in the United States.
The social network also said that it is collaborating with artists to further create and publish ‘Soundbites’ — short-form, innovative audio snippets.
The business will extend the ability of additional prominent people and groups to host a Live Audio Room. In the coming weeks and will add new features to both experiences in the coming months.
Public personalities may invite friends, followers, verified public figures, or any listeners present to participate as speakers.
The host has the option of inviting speakers in advance or during the discussion. There are no restrictions on the number of speakers or listeners, Facebook stated in a statement.
“Administrators may restrict who can establish a Live Audio Room in Groups. This includes moderators, group members, and other admins. While both members and visitors may listen to the Live Audio Room in public Groups, only members can do so in private Groups “Fidji Simo, Head of Facebook App, was told.
Additionally, presenters of the Live Audio Room may choose a charity or fundraiser to support during their discussion, and listeners and speakers can contribute directly.
On iOS and Android, users may find and join Live Audio Rooms via places like the News Feed and alerts.
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As podcasts grow more popular, Spotify, the Swedish music streaming service. Has purchased a startup called Podz for an unknown amount. Greenroom, Spotify’s live audio Clubhouse competitor, was also unveiled.
In return for a monthly membership, Apple Podcasts Subscriptions now enable artists to offer extra material. And ad-free versions of their programs. Subscriptions to Apple Podcasts are now accessible to listeners in over 170 countries and regions.
Additionally, listeners may express their support and gratitude for the public figure host on Facebook Live Audio Room by giving Stars. Which elevates those listeners to the “first row.”
According to Facebook, users may listen to podcasts while surfing the site through a mini player. Rr full-screen player experience with playing choices, even while their phone’s display is turned off.
Individuals may listen to podcasts created by chosen podcast producers on their Facebook Pages and on their News Feeds.
“Later this summer, we’ll begin rolling out more capabilities, including captioning and the ability to create and share podcast segments,” Facebook added.
Additionally, the firm said that it would polish the ‘Soundbites’ experience prior to its debut later this year.
“We’ll also be testing our other audio offerings in the near future, including the primary listening destination and background audio listening for videos,” Facebook said.