Spotify’s podcast hosting service is down due to an expired security certificate

Podcast listeners were unable to access shows hosted on Spotify’s Megaphone platform Monday night and early Tuesday, regardless of the app they used. This includes The Joe Rogan Experience and podcasts from The Ringer and Gimlet Media. Worst of all, the issue appeared to be entirely avoidable — it was due to an expired security certificate.

“Megaphone experienced a platform outage due to an issue related to our SSL certificate,” said Spotify spokeswoman Erin Styles . “During the outage, customers were unable to access the Megaphone CMS and podcast listeners were unable to download podcast episodes from Megaphone-hosted publishers.”

A valid SSL certificate is required to establish a secure connection between a server and a browser or app. It appears that Megaphone’s certificate expired around 8:00pm ET on Monday and the service only came back online this morning. It took a few more hours for the issues to be fully resolved.

Megaphone, which dynamically inserts ads into podcasts, is a key component of Spotify’s podcast ambitions. It costs $235 million in 2020. Spotify boosted the service last December when , which can turn radio shows into podcasts. The company also acquired two other ad tech companies earlier this year, .

The failure to renew the certificate is a bad look for Spotify, which as a tech company should know better. While listeners might not have been able to download episodes of their favorite shows overnight, they should now have access again.

Spotify isn’t the only big tech company to deal with such a mishap, however. In 2020 Microsoft Teams after apparently someone forgot to renew the SSL certificate.

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