With effect from the 2nd of November, 2021, Amazon Music – a music streaming platform and online music store operated by Amazon would be launching its auto-generated, synchronised transcripts on selected podcasts for users in the United States (US).
The auto-generated, synchronised transcripts is the new feature of the latest version of the Amazon music app on iOS and Android (Google play stores) and will be available for recent episodes of selected podcasts by Amazon Originals and Wondery – a network owners by Amazon.
The shows with these features are American Public Media, Audiochuck, Cadence13, The New York Times, Stitcher and TED talks such as, “My Favourite Murder”, “Crime Junkie”, “Modern Love” and “This American Life”. Listeners could read the transcripts in paragraphed forms while listening to any of the aforementioned podcasts.
This is an applaudable feat following the introduction to podcasting in September, 2020 by Amazon Music. Also, Spotify beta had tested a similar feature for Spotify Exclusive and Original earlier this year in May. Furthermore, creators on the Apple Podcasts can include transcriptions in their show notes, which are then searchable in the app but note, they’re not synced with the audio as against the Amazon feature.