Within a matter of a decade, Spotify has gone from being relatively unknown to becoming one of the biggest content platforms in the world. Not only is it home to millions of classic music catalogs, it also boasts one of the most robust podcast libraries. From its acquisition of Gimlet to its partnership with The Ringer, Spotify has made great strides to expand its footprint in the world of podcasting. Now, it’s backing its investment with a large facility in Los Angeles.
Capping off yet another year, Spotify has reportedly launched “Pod City” in Los Angeles, California. Located in the Arts District, the 155,000 square foot facility will feature more than a dozen podcast studios, a theater, an indoor stage and much more. According to the Los Angeles Times, the facility will bring together approximately 600 employees from around the country.
“You think about where the streaming industry is — it really is centered here,” Courtney Holt of Spotify told the Los Angeles Times.
“We want to be able to have the right home for our teams and for the creator community … that’s why we’re investing in L.A. It’s an important city for Spotify.”
While COVID-19 continues to halt in-person work for the foreseeable future, Spotify hopes to bring some of its podcast talent to the studio in 2022. The Los Angeles Times reports that Higher Learning, Nosy Neighbors and The Bridge: 50 Years of Hip Hop will likely be recorded in the new building.