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Amazon Music Launches Transcripts Feature

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Less than a year after Amazon Music first put podcasts on its platform, it’s launching a new feature built around podcasts. Amazon Music is rolling out automatically generated, synchronized transcripts starting today. Listeners will be able to toggle around the text to jump to the matching audio.

Transcripts will be available for recent episodes of select Amazon Original and Wondery podcasts like SmartLess, Dr. Death, and Uncommon Ground With Van Jones, plus My Favorite MurderCrime Junkie, Modern Love, This American Life, and others.

While listening, customers can navigate an episode by scrolling through the transcript to find a specific spot, and tap to jump right to it. Playback will resume at the specific sentence they tap on in the transcription, making it easy for listeners to navigate to the part of the podcast they are most interested in. Listeners can also jump forward and backward while viewing the transcript to find a segment they have missed, or look ahead to quickly know what an episode is about—making navigation easier than ever.

“At Amazon, we always start with the customer experience and work backwards from there. We are leading the industry by introducing synchronized podcast transcripts for customers, to make it easier than ever for listeners to follow along with their favorite podcasts on Amazon Music,” said Amazon Music’s Director of Podcasts, Kintan Brahmbhatt. “With synchronized transcripts, we are changing the way listeners experience podcasts by making it effortless and simple for everyone.”

Transcripts will also be available for select shows from American Public Media, audiochuck, Cadence13, The New York Times, Stitcher, and TED.

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