Snapchat Teams Up with Spotify, Vice, CNN, and More

/ Nov 5, 2014


This article originally appeared on The Daily Dot

By Rob Price

Snapchat is gearing up for a major move into the content business, Digiday reports, planning partnerships with triple-A media properties like CNNSpotify, ESPN, the Daily Mail, and Vice.

It’s been clear for some time that Snapchat has aspirations beyond user-to-user communication. Over the past few months, the ephemeral messaging service has regularly teamed up with concerts and sporting events to bring in new users and demonstrate the benefits of its product. According to the Wall Street Journal, Snapchat has been exploring options for bringing news to the platform since August 2014.

New mock-ups obtained by Digiday make clear the extent of Snapchat’s ambitions. The app intends to move beyond video and photos, they report, hoping “to serve its users text and audio, which would make it an all-inclusive media consumption app.”

In addition to mainstream platforms like CNN, the Daily Mail, and ESPN, Snapchat’s other partners include Comedy Central, Cosmopolitan, BuzzFeed, Spotify, Vevo, National Geographic, and People Magazine. This broad mix of established titles and hot new properties forms a veritable who’s-who of the digital media landscape. ESPN and Vevo have both confirmed they are in “discussions” with Snapchat; the other companies have declined to comment.

Snapchat’s new content is believed to be intended for a new section of the app tentatively known as “Discover” (the Journal called it “Discovery”). In keeping with Snapchat’s transient ethos, “Discover” content will also disappear after a set amount of time. Snapchat is said to be planning advertising-revenue sharing to entice more partners to join the project.

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