Mashable: Apple finally lets users listen to podcasts directly on the web . “Apple is giving its podcast web pages a much needed update. The Cupertino-based company is rolling out newly designed web pages for all shows available via Apple Podcasts. One of the most notable changes? Users will finally be able to listen to podcast episodes directly, right on the Apple Podcast web pages for each show.” Long overdue.
Digital Trends: Best new podcasts. “Every week, we highlight new and returning podcasts we couldn’t put down. Whether you’re looking for the latest and greatest or you’re just dipping your two into the vast ocean of podcasts, we’ll find you something worth listening to. This week, we’ve got podcasts about a serial killer who stayed hidden for years, backyard cougars, Ashley Nicole Black, and voices from the civil rights movement.”
A big thanks to Diane R for telling me about FluidDATA, available at https://fluiddata.com/ . It’s a search engine for podcast transcripts! From the About page: “FluidDATA podcast search engine allows you to search millions of podcast transcripts. Search all the best podcasts for keywords, topics, or people. View podcast statistics and trends in all the top podcasts. Add podcast transcript search to your podcast app or website with our advanced search API.” I sense an article in the future.
Search Engine Journal: Google Makes Podcasts Searchable by Automatically Transcribing Them. “Google Podcasts is making it possible to search for episodes based on what was discussed in a show. According to Android Police, Google Podcasts is automatically transcribing dialogue and using it as metadata.”
CNET: BBC blocks its content from Google Podcasts app, Assistant. “If you search ‘BBC’ in the Google Podcasts app today, you’ll be disappointed. Most BBC podcasts have been removed from the app and apparently aren’t searchable through Google Assistant either.”
TechCrunch: Podcasts, smart speakers soar as social media stalls, based on new survey. “The 2019 edition of a popular annual survey shows usage of social media by Americans is stalling while ownership of smart speakers and tablets has soared over the last year, as has consumer engagement with podcasts. The results are promising for Amazon and Spotify in particular.”
Engadget: The best audio editing software for beginning podcasters. “For this review, we’ve focused on software intended for audio recording and mixing: the process of capturing sound from a microphone or other device plugged into an audio interface, and then processing it digitally. Since podcasters are typically looking to record voices and natural environments to support their storytelling, this is the type of software best suited to that process. This is also the workflow you’d use when recording musicians live, and many of the apps we looked at are well-suited to this type of recording, too.”