December 5, 2023

Spotify is celebrating Worldwide Podcast Day with a lot of updates to its podcast options, together with transcripts.

In line with the corporate, its new transcript characteristic will likely be obtainable to each Free and Premium subscribers:

Making transcripts richer and simpler to observe: We’re launching auto-generated and time-synced transcripts to extra creators and reveals so you possibly can learn together with an episode, making the transcripts extra visually and textually accessible. Whereas listening to an episode, scroll down the Now Taking part in View to search out the transcript, then faucet the cardboard to observe alongside on full display screen as you hearken to the episode. We’ll be rolling out transcripts to thousands and thousands of episodes within the coming weeks, and we’ll innovate extra on this characteristic sooner or later, together with methods so as to add media to transcripts. That is all a part of our aim to convey extra depth to the podcasts you’re listening to.

The corporate can also be making it simpler to leap to the correct spot in a podcast with expanded chapters:

Increasing Podcast Chapters: Earlier this 12 months at Stream On, we introduced Podcast Chapters, making it simpler so that you can soar into episodes at a particular matter or part. Cell customers globally can now discover the total checklist of chapters by scrolling down the Now Taking part in View, giving them extra management over their listening periods and extra data about each episode as they dive in.

Spotify can also be including to the Podcast Present pages to supply extra details about a given podcast:

Updating the Podcast Present pages: Study extra a couple of podcast earlier than you hearken to the episode in full, with extra content material obtainable earlier than you soar in, on an improved Present Place. Because it rolls out within the coming weeks, you’ll be capable of click on the “About” tab to search out descriptions, photos, and episode suggestions from creators. Plus, you’ll get suggestions for different reveals within the “Extra Like This” tab.

The options are good quality-of-life enhancements that ought to make listening to podcasts much more satisfying.