As of today, Amazon Music is launching auto-generated, synchronized transcripts on select podcasts for users in the United States. Rolling out to the latest version of the Amazon Music app on iOS and Android, these transcripts will be available for the latest episodes of select podcasts by Amazon Originals and Wondery, a network owned by Amazon. Transcripts will also be available for certain shows from American Public Media, audiochuck, Cadence13, The New York Times, Stitcher and TED, such as “My Favorite Murder,” “Crime Junkie, “” Modern Love “and” This American Life “.
After adding podcasts to Amazon Music in September 2020, this is the first major podcast feature that the app has implemented. Spotify beta tested a similar feature to Spotify exclusive and original shows in May. Creators on Apple Podcasts may include transcripts in their show notes, which are then searchable in the app, but they do not sync with audio this way.
Image credit: Amazon music
Listeners can read the transcript in paragraph form in the app, or they can listen along and the words are highlighted when the host says them. This feature can also be useful for finding a specific place in a podcast if you want to replay an episode later – while dragging the cursor, users will be able to see previews of the words being said, such as scrubbing a video and watching thumbnails previews.
As an audio-only medium, transcripts are essential for podcasters to reach deaf and hard of hearing audiences. Many podcasts already put transcripts on their website, but this feature offers a different way to experience a show. When it comes to live audio, live subtitles are an important accessibility feature – while Twitter Spaces offers this, Clubhouse has not yet implemented the feature.