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Amazon Music Launches Synchronized Podcast Transcriptions In US (Podcast News Roundup)

In today’s podcast news summary, Amazon Music transcripts of arcs for some podcasts synchronized with audio playback; BBC Studios launches subscriptions on Apple Podcasts; and more.


Amazon Music on Tuesday in the United States launched synced podcast transcripts for recent episodes of select Amazon Original and Wondery podcasts, including “SmartLess,” “Dr. Death,” and “Uncommon Ground With Van Jones,” as well as popular podcasts like Exactly Right’s “My Favorite Murder,” Audiochuck’s “Crime Junkie,” New York Times “Modern Love,” and “This American Life.” Transcripts will also be available for other selected American Public Media podcasts, Cadence13, The New York Times, Stitcher, Audiochuck and TED. Podcast transcripts are available in the latest version of the Amazon Music app on iOS and Android. The company says this is the first time a music service has been released. introduces synchronized podcast transcriptions. They are similar to the lyrics feature introduced by Amazon Music in 2013. While listening, customers can navigate through an episode by scrolling through the transcript to find a specific location, and press to go directly to it.


BBC Studios launched today BBC Premium Podcasts, its first subscription podcast service for listeners in the United States and Canada. BBC Podcasts Premium offers ad-free listening to popular titles, as well as exclusive access to new original audio series available exclusively on Apple Podcasts for iPhone, iPad and Mac (at this link). A monthly subscription to BBC Podcasts Premium costs $ 2.99 (US) and $ 3.99 (Canada). Podcasts available without ads in the subscription plan include “BBC Global News Podcast,” “In Our Time” by Melvyn Bragg, “Grounded With Louis Theroux” Celebrity Interview Series, Comedy History Show “You’re Dead To Me” and the investigation of series such as “Who Killed Emma?” “,” Where’s George Gibney? “,” Plot: Murder at the Lucky Holiday Hotel “and” The Northern Bank Job “. Subscribers will also have exclusive access to new original audio series, including “Nuremberg: The Trial of the Nazi War Criminals”, starring Natalie Dormer (“Game of Thrones”); BBC News’ 5 Minutes On with real life stories behind the headlines; “Things Fell Apart,” by bestselling author Jon Ronson (available November 9); and the “Song of the Right Whale” eco-survey series (available early 2022).


SiriusXM Stapler announced the return of “For the colorful nerds,” the weekly black culture show hosted by Eric Eddings and Brittany Luse, starting November 16. Each week, hosts will dive deep into an aspect of black culture that is ripe for dissection, with an early guest list including pop culture reporters Jason Parham, Tracy Clayton, and Josh Gwynn; actor Jay Ellis; and Maya Cade, creator of Black Film Archive. Listen to the trailer on this link.

C13Originals, the documentary division of Audacy’s Cadence13 podcast studio, announced “On the way to the south” a new franchise of investigative documentaries. “Gone South, Season 1: Who Killed Margaret Coon?” launches its first two episodes on November 3, 2021 on all major podcast platforms. (Listen to the trailer and follow the show via this link34 years later. The eight episodes “Gone South, Season 1: Who Killed Margaret Coon?” Is written and narrated by Jed Lipinski, former New Orleans criminal reporter and producer on Hulu’s “Fyre Fraud,” Netflix’s “The Pharmacist, and Paramount Network’s” Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story. “

Apple November 3 will release the first three episodes of “Hooked up,” a podcast following the story of Tony Hathaway, whose addiction to OxyContin – and later heroin – led him from a Boeing engineer earning six figures and flying around the world to become one of the robbers most prolific bank in US history, tracked down by the FBI while hitting 30 Seattle-area banks in a year. “Hooked” is based on original reporting and interviews conducted over three years by Campside Media co-founder and reporter Josh Dean. Listen to the trailer on this link.

Something else, in partnership with Sony Music Entertainment, on November 1 introduced the new season of the investigative podcast series “Power”. This season explores the story of the rise of legendary Playboy founder Hugh Hefner and the legacy he left. Hosted by journalist and author Amy Rose Spiegel, “Power: Hugh Hefner” features conversations with many of the women directly involved with Playboy, including Bunnies who have worked in clubs and model / TV personality Holly Madison. The first episode is available now on all major podcast platforms, via this link.

Entertainment imperative November 1 launched “The agent,” a 12-part podcast series about the true story of Jack Barsky, a former KGB agent and FBI’s No.1 spy target who hid in the United States for 10 years, while leading a double living with his family on both sides of the Atlantic. “The Agent” is created, written and produced by Jason Hoch of Imperative Entertainment. Executive producers include Hoch, Jack Barsky, and Alden Ehrenreich. The series is narrated by Ehrenreich (“Solo”, “Hail Caesar!”) With an original score by Jasha Klebe. “The Agent” is available on all major podcast platforms and on the Imperative Entertainment premium channel on Apple Podcast subscriptions.


LiveOne’s PodcastOne signed a “seven-figure” renewal deal with podcast host and former Wall Street lawyer Jordan harbinger for “The Jordan Harbinger Show”. The company declined to disclose the length of the renewal. The show launched with PodcastOne in 2018 and is available on PodcastOne, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Amazon, Facebook, and other audio platforms.

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