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WordPress and Spotify end a product most never knew about

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WordPress.com and Anchor (now Spotify for Podcasters) had a very cool podcast integration that few seemingly used. The product, while functional, was only half finished in my assessment.

The integration made converting WordPress posts into audio podcasts simple and now will sunset on May 11th.

The WordPress / Spotify integration is what I’ve been using to distribute the audio articles on my personal website. It was a promising tool, but it’s not altogether surprising that it will sunset.

Here’s the pertinent portion of the email from WordPress.

We are reaching out today to share some important news regarding the Anchor (now Spotify for Podcasters) feature on WordPress.​com.

The integration with Anchor and WordPress.​com will be discontinued on May 11, 2023, and this feature will no longer be available after that date.

Here’s what this means for you:

  • Unpublished draft episodes created with Anchor should be published before May 11, 2023. All draft podcasts will be automatically deleted once the feature is discontinued.
  • All published episodes created with the tool will not be deleted and will remain a part of your show.
  • After May 11, you’ll no longer be able to create new podcast episodes using the integration with Anchor and WordPress.​com.

Your WordPress.​com account and website(s) will not be impacted in any way.

This article was first published on MasonPelt.com and republished with permission.

Mason is a digital strategist with agency and entrepreneurial experience. He loves helping companies build and launch products. His goal as a consultant is to improve products and get them in front of those who want them while avoiding the traditional agency rhetoric.

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Mason Pelt is a writer, primarily focused on the impact of marketing on culture. He's also the managing director of Push ROI Inc. and a board member for the non-profit Project HandUP.

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