The innovative podcast hosting platform released a full podcast transcription workflow, enabling podcasters to boost organic discovery and improving the accessibility of podcasts to the hearing impaired
Today, Buzzsprout, one of the world’s largest podcast hosting platforms, announced the launch of a new feature set that allows podcasters to easily distribute their own episode transcripts to listeners.
This toolset is a huge step forward in improving the accessibility of podcasts for the hearing impaired, as well as enhancing the end listener’s experience by allowing them to read along while listening. Additionally, transcription is critical to search engine optimization (SEO) and can boost podcasters’ ability to get discovered and grow their audiences.
“We love podcasts and are in a good position to provide solutions to some of the growing pains this industry is facing,” said Kevin Finn, Co-Founder of Buzzsprout. “Discoverability and accessibility are at the top of our list. It’s been encouraging to see app developers share our enthusiasm for this solution.”
Podcast Addict, a very popular podcast listening app on Android, is the first to integrate Buzzsprout’s new transcript distribution toolset into its app, providing its listeners with synchronized captions and a way to view the entire transcript from within the app. Buzzsprout is working closely with others in the industry and expects to announce additional integrations in the coming weeks and months.
“I’m thrilled to bring transcripts to Podcast Addict listeners. A big thanks to Buzzsprout for adding this in their feeds and for providing the implementation specs. This will benefit both listeners and podcasters,” said Xavier Guillemane, Developer of Podcasts Addict. “When people see this, they are going to want it available everywhere.”
The launch of this transcription toolset is a culmination of years of work. Buzzsprout is currently distributing over 46,000 transcripts with hundreds more published
Triton Digital®, the global technology and services leader to the digital audio and podcast industry, announced today the release of the latest Australian Podcast Ranker. The Ranker provides insight into the Top 100 Podcasts as well as the Top 10 Publishers in Australia from 1 September through 30 September, 2020, as measured by Triton’s Podcast Metrics measurement service.
Three new entities appear in the Top 100 Podcast Ranker this reporting period, including This is Actually Happening (Wondery), Watch What Crappens (Stitcher), and Bunga Bunga (Wondery). Stuff You Should Know (ARN/iHeartMedia) remained in the #1 spot as the most downloaded podcast in the country in September.
As for the All-Australian Top 100, three new entities appear this reporting period, including The New South Wales Briefing (Southern Cross Astereo), League Pass and Chill (News Corp Australia), and The Imperfects (ARN/iHeartMedia). Casefile True Crime (Audioboom) remained the #1 spot as the most downloaded podcast in the country.
Total downloads of all shows by all participating publishers in the month of September is 48.7M.
Participating publishers in the Australian Ranker include ARN/iHeartMedia, Southern Cross Austereo, News Corp Australia, Audioboom, Stitcher, Wondery, Nova, Nine, SEN / Crocmedia, Schwartz Media, TOFOP Productions, Kinderling Kids Radio, Australian Radio Network, Wavelength Creative, NBC News, West Australian Newspapers, and Fear and Greed. Additionally, as of the August 2020 Australian Podcast Ranker, Nine Radio has been expanded to include podcasts from Nine’s Digital and Publishing divisions.
To view the full results of the Ranker and sign up to receive future rankers via email, visit https://www.tritondigital.com/resources/podcast-reports.
Triton Digital’s Podcast Metrics measurement service is certified by the IAB Tech Lab as complying with Version 2.0 of the IAB Podcast Measurement Technical Guidelines. It provides accurate and insightful data around how, when, and where podcast content is being consumed across multiple
USB mics were popular before the pandemic, especially among streamers and anyone who needed a high-quality microphone that was also easy to set up with their computer. But if you didn’t invest in a mic pre-lockdown and now find yourself needing a good one for meetings or that new podcast you and your friend are starting as a way to escape the loneliness of quarantine, the $130 Blue Yeti and $160 Elgato Wave 3 are two excellent choices. They’re so excellent you can’t go wrong with either, but we’re not here to say they’re both fine. We’re here to say which is the one you should actually spend your cash on.
Out of Blue’s entire USB mic line-up, the Yeti is by far the most popular. It earned THX certification all the way back in 2009, and the Yeti has made our “best of” lists in the past, too.
But the newer and slightly more expensive Wave 3 is a serious rival to the Yeti. It’s not THX-certified, but it probably should be—it has the same uncompromising quality to my ears. Elgato is known for making capture devices and a lot of different streaming equipment, like ring lights, stream decks, and green screens, but the Wave 3 is one of only two mics it makes at the moment. The $130 Wave 1 is priced the same as the Blue Yeti, which makes sense as they both have a sample rate of 48kHz. The Wave 3 can handle a sample rate up to 96kHz, which means it can theoretically capture more detail. It also has more granular controls than the Wave 1. For those reasons it seemed like a better mic to pit against the Blue Yeti.
For testing, I recorded myself reading a tiny portion