Spotify Music Videos Are Launching. Here's Everything to Know

Look out, YouTube.

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Get ready for music videos on Spotify.

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Music streaming service Spotify is adding full music videos to its platform, the company said Wednesday, but not everyone will be able to access the new feature just yet. For now, it's available in beta for Premium subscribers in about a dozen countries across mobile, desktop and TV devices. 

Now those subscribers will be able to hit Switch to Video when listening to a track to open up the music video. Turning your phone to landscape mode will open up full-screen videos, similar to the experience on YouTube. Tapping Switch to Audio will take you back to just the music. 

"Music videos play a key role in hooking you: Taking you from being a listener to leaning in and becoming a fan," Charlie Hellman, Spotify's vice president and head of music product, said in a release. "They're an important part of so many artists' tool kits, and it's a natural fit for them to live in the same place that more than half a billion people choose to listen to music."


Here's everything we know so far about the new feature.

Where are Spotify music videos available?

The Premium add-on is limited to users in the UK, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Sweden, Brazil, Colombia, Philippines, Indonesia and Kenya, but not yet in the US.

Which artists are included?

Spotify says it's starting out with a smaller catalog of artists, including Ed Sheeran, Doja Cat and Ice Spice. CNET also found music videos from Taylor Swift, Beyoncé, SZA, Olivia Rodrigo, Jack Harlow and Tate McRae. 

When will Spotify music videos be coming to the US?

That remains to be seen. Spotify hasn't shared details on that yet, but we'll update this story as soon as we know more.

What does this mean for YouTube?

The addition of music videos pits Spotify against YouTube, which has dominated the music video scene for almost two decades. YouTube Music also offers listeners the option to toggle between audio and music videos. Music streaming competitor Apple Music has a section for watching an artist's music videos, too.

Spotify's superpower is its user base; the company says it has more than 602 million users, which includes 236 million paid subscribers. YouTube Music and YouTube's paid Premium tier, by comparison, has 100 million subscribers. But the perk of the baseline YouTube app and site is that you can watch music videos for free (you may just need to sit through some ads if you don't subscribe to Premium).

Last year, Spotify rolled out Clips, which are 30-second vertical videos artists can create to connect with fans. They resemble videos on TikTok -- a platform where music also takes center stage.

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