Almost a year after the podcast service was introduced on its platform, Amazon Music is rolling out auto-generated and synced transcripts for certain podcasts to improve the user experience.
The transcripts will match the audio you hear, and you can switch between them to jump to specific parts of the audio, The Verge reported. Usually podcasts are meant to be listened to, but there are also those who would like to read the content discussed in an episode. Installation is currently available on iOS and Android compatible devices in the United States. for The move, apparently, also aims to compete with Spotify and Google Podcasts which to some extent offer automatic transcription of podcasts on their platforms.
Presentation: Podcast transcriptions. Go back, forward, and follow synced transcriptions and audio, only available on Amazon Music. Head over to our podcast tab and select episodes with transcripts to check it out! pic.twitter.com/A5d0aA0rvJ
– Amazon Music (@amazonmusic) November 2, 2021
Transcripts will also be available for select American Public Media, audiochuck, Cadence13, The New York Times, Stitcher and TED shows, such as “My Favorite Murder”, “Crime Junkie”, “Modern Love” and “This American Life”.
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Creators on Apple Podcasts can include transcripts in their show notes, which are then searchable in the app, but they don’t sync to audio that way. This feature can also be useful for finding a certain spot in a podcast if you want to revisit an episode later – while dragging the slider, users will be able to see previews of spoken words, like browsing a video, and seeing thumbnail previews. As an audio-only medium, transcripts are essential for podcasters to reach deaf and hard of hearing audiences as well.