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Does Anchor Own Your Podcasts?



There has been some debate on the internet about whether or not Anchor owns your podcast. The concern centers around Anchor’s Terms of Service, which was updated on June 21, 2018.

On June 19, 2018, Justin McLachlan (creator of EOS 10) posted a thread on Twitter in which he pointed out something troubling that was in Anchor’s Terms of Service. He included a screenshot of the part he was referring to that included the word “irrevocable”.

In the next tweet in the thread, Justin McLachlan said: “This license survives account termination. @anchor is taking ownership of everything you create that passes through their service.”

On June 20, 2018, Andrew Orr wrote a post on the Mac Observer titled: “Hey, You Know That Anchor App? Turns Out It Owns Your Podcasts.” He included a portion of Anchor’s terms of service in the article, and opined: “This means that Anchor can do whatever it wants with your podcasts, and can also transfer rights to ‘other companies, organizations, or individuals’ it chooses to work with.”

The part of Anchor’s Terms of Service that Andrew Orr was referring to said:

“By submitting User Content through the Services, you hereby do and shall grant us a worldwide, non-exclusive, perpetual, irrevocable, royalty-free, fully paid-up, sublicensable and transferable license to use, edit, modify (including the right to create derivative works of), aggregate, reproduce, distribute, prepare derivative works of, display, and perform the User Content in connection with the operation of the Services, the promotion, advertising or marketing of the Services, or any purposes.”

“You agree that this license includes, without limitation, the right for Anchor to provide, promote, and improve the Services and to make User Content submitted to or through the Services available to other companies, organizations or individuals who partner with Anchor for the syndication, broadcast, distribution, or publication of such User Content on other media and services, subject to our terms and conditions for such User Content use.”

On June 21, 2018, Michael Mignano (Co-Founder/CEO of Anchor) responded to Justin McLachlan’s tweet thread with a thread of his own. Here is one of the tweets in the thread:

In another tweet, Michael Mignano stated: “When you use Anchor, you are granting us a license to distribute your content to our platform as well as others around the world. We’ve clarified the license language to indicate when and how a creator can terminate the license they’ve given us.”

This was followed by two more tweets: “Lastly, Anchor has always aimed to innovate on the medium of audio and make the format more interactive with features like Voice Messages or Cohosts that let users collaborate in real time.” And “To enable these features, the license extends some aspects of its scope to other users so that the users are protected when they choose to collaborate.”

On June 21, 2018, Anchor updated its Terms of Service. The section titled “License Grant” now starts with: You retain all of your ownership rights in your User Content. The word “irrevocable” has been removed.

So, does Anchor own your podcasts? Technically, you still own the podcast content that you put on Anchor. In other words, Anchor is not taking ownership of your podcast and claiming it as their own.

However, by posting your podcast on Anchor, you agree to their Terms of Service, including the part that grants Anchor permission to a “worldwide, non-exclusive, perpetual, royalty-free, fully paid-up, sublicensable and transferable license to use, edit, modify (including the right to create derivative works of), aggregate, reproduce, distribute, prepare derivative works of, marketing of the service, or for any other purposes.”

It is up to individual podcasters to decide whether or not they like Anchor’s Terms of Service. If you are unsure, perhaps you should take advantage of the part of the Terms of Service that says: “We encourage you to contact us if you have any questions about what our license grant means or how it impacts you.”


Anchor Introduces Anchor for iPad



Anchor has introduced Anchor for iPad. Like Anchor’s mobile apps for iOS and Android, Anchor for iPad is completely free and is available now on the App Store.

Introducing Anchor for iPad: a bigger, better way to make your podcast. Now you can fully manage your entire podcast workflow all from your iPad. Record, produce, edit, host, and distribute your podcast everywhere (including to Apple Podcasts!) with one tap, all in one place.

Anchor says this is the world’s first ever end-to-end podcasting solution for iPad, complete with a full set of intuitive tools that are perfect for both experienced podcasters and beginners alike.

Anchor rebuilt their app from the ground up to take advantage of the iPad’s bigger, multi-touch Retina display, and focused on adding in tools that make it possible to create any kind of podcast without the need for other extra equipment or devices.

Anchor for iPad includes the first ever editing tools designed specifically for podcasting.

Features include:

  • Rebuilt app that takes advantage of the iPad’s bigger, multi-touch Retina display
  • Ability to trim the start and finish of your recording without having to go into a heavy editing workflow
  • Ability to split a recording into multiple segments, and use those segments together in one episode or spread across multiple episodes
  • Import audio from any app right into your podcast
  • Drag and drop audio files from one app to another on your iPad
  • Save an audio file for later by dropping it into your Anchor Library
  • Anchor supports split view for all iPad sizes and orientations
  • You can plug a lightning mic directly into your iPad’s lightning port and start capturing audio

Anchor Introduces Mobile Importing



Anchor announced that you can now build podcast episodes in Anchor using audio from any app on your phone. This new feature is called Mobile Importing.

Anchor says that one of the biggest feature requests they get from podcasters is that they want to be able to manage their episodes entirely on the go, without being tethered to their computer for things like uploading.

The new Mobile Importing feature provides what podcasts have been asking Anchor for.

To pull in audio from other apps, just tap the “Import” button in your Library and browse files stored on your device or in the cloud (iCloud Drive, Dropbox, Google Drive, etc.) You can also share audio files to Anchor from any app on your phone!

Anchor has some suggestions on how to use this feature:

  • Make a theme song in GarageBand
  • Import an mp3 from an email attachment
  • Access your edited audio files from Dropbox
  • Make use of those hundreds of voice memos you’ve been recording.

In addition, Anchor users can now access all of their historical Anchor content in one convenient place: The Library tool. Easily re-use the same intro for multiple podcast episodes, pull in the interview you captured on the go last week, or do a callback to a hilarious moment from a previous episode.


Anchor Introduces Cohosts



Anchor has introduced a new feature called Cohosts. This brand new feature seamlessly matches you up with other podcasters who like talking about the same things you do.

The Cohosts feature is completely free, like all of Anchor’s features. It is available now on Anchor’s iOS and Android apps. It is designed to make it easy for you to find a cohost for your podcast.

Earlier this year we launched Anchor 3.0, giving people everything they need to make a great podcast – including easy creation tools, one-touch distribution, and new ways to interact with listeners – all in one place. But what if you need someone to record your podcast with? That’s a question we hear from people a lot, and it’s exactly where Cohosts comes in.

Here is how Cohosts works:

  • Pick a topic from the home screen, or add your own custom topic! It could be something broad, like politics, or something hyper-specific to your podcast, like Stephen King novels.
  • Anchor will find you a cohost who is interested in talking about the same topic, and Anchor will connect you.
  • Anchor will give you 30 seconds to introduce yourselves and decide how you want to kick off your conversation, and then recording will automatically start.
  • Record with your cohost for up to 15 minutes.
  • You’ll both get a copy of the recording, and can publish your conversation to your podcast right away or add it to an episode later.

If you love recording with a particular cohost, you can always record with them again later with Anchor’s Record With Friends feature. The Record With Friends feature doesn’t have a time limit and lets you record with anyone, anywhere in the world, any time you want.


Anchor Introduces Anchor 3.0



Anchor has introduced Anchor 3.0. It features a re-imagined mobile app built for effortless podcast creation. The app is free for iOS and Android. Anchor 3.0 has a brand new web dashboard with creation tools and analytics, expanded distribution options, and unlimited podcast hosting that is 100% free.

Anchor heard time and time and time again that what creators truly wanted was to make a real podcast and have it heard everywhere people are listening. That’s where Anchor 3.0 comes in.

Coming off the heels of our Series A funding, Anchor 3.0 removes all of the difficulty of getting a high quality podcast made and distributed everywhere people listen to audio.

Anchor’s app for iOS and Android has been re-imagined specifically for making a podcast, right from your phone. Open the app, and you are taken straight into creation, where the app automatically builds a new episode for your podcast every day you use it. From there, you can easily record (by yourself or with up to 10 friends), add full songs from Apple Music or Spotify for your Anchor listeners, add a wide range of transitions, or broadcast voice messages from your listeners.

Voice messages have been redesigned to enable direct, private conversations with the ability for either party to publish the audio to an episode. The app now allows creators to rearrange segments in their episodes and build episodes from new or previous content. The listening section of the app has been updated to better provide great audio for you to listen to.

With Anchor 3.0, you can now make or manage your podcast using brand-new creators. The web tools sync seamlessly with the Anchor app, making it easy to switch back and forth between experiences.

Anchor now lets creators seamlessly distribute episodes across top podcasting apps with the press of a button. This includes Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Overcast, Pocket Casts, Stitcher, and more. Creators can also distribute podcasts made with Anchor to Spotify.


Anchor Announced $10M in New Series A Funding



Anchor makes it super easy for anyone to hear, share, and create interactive streams of audio called stations. It’s like radio, but bite-sized, interactive, addictive, and way more fun. Anchor announced that it is reinventing audio with $10M in new Series A funding, led by GV.

Anchor has been doing quite a bit with their platform since they first appeared. They started by making it super easy for anyone to start a podcast. by removing the barrier that appears when people want to podcast but don’t feel as though they have the right gear.

In July of this year, Anchor made it possible for users to publish their Anchor podcast to major podcast outlets like Apple Podcast and Google Play – with just the tap of a button. This was followed by Anchor Video, which they improved to enable audio to go viral on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. More recently, Anchor made it possible for users to edit audio on their smartphones.

All that hard work appears to have paid off. Anchor announced that they have received additional funding.

Now we’ll get to further pursue our mission with $10M in Series A funding, led by GV, bringing our total amount raised to nearly $15M. This means we’ll get to push ahead to democratize the creation and consumption of audio. And we’ll continue building the world’s best audio-first team, right here in New York City: Home to some of the most creative people in the world.

GV launched as Google Ventures in 2009. It is the venture capital arm of Alphabet, Inc. They have invested in more than 300 companies that push the edge of what’s possible. M.G. Seigler of GV will be joining Anchor’s Board of Directors.

Brian O’Malley of Accel Betaworks will also join Anchor’s Board of Directors. Accel Betaworks was Anchor’s first-ever investor. Accel is now investing out of their new Betaworks Ventures Fund.


Anchor Adds More Options for Adding Music to Your Station



Anchor currently allows users to add music to their station. The idea was to enable people to have fun being a DJ and sharing their favorite songs (that were found via Anchor). Now, Anchor is giving people more ways to add music to their station.

To be clear, Anchor separated the music that users select from the podcasts that users created. You could pick a song and add it to your station – but you could not use that song in a podcast episode on Anchor.

Until now, songs could only be added to Anchor stations and always expired after 24 hours. We heard from a lot of musicians, DJs, and music lovers – whose content heavily relied on the music they included – that they couldn’t really use episodes effectively. So we’ve made it possible to save songs, permanently, to your Anchor episodes. (Note that songs will not sync to your external podcast if you have one set up.)

Anchor has always had the ability to allow users to add full songs to their station with Spotify and Apple Music. Now, Anchor is allowing people to connect their own playlists so they can easily browse through them and add their current favorite songs to their Anchor station whenever they want.

You can add multiple songs from a single playlist in a row. If you find a song you like while listening to an Anchor station, you can tap to add that song to your Spotify or Apple Music account.


Anchor Introduces a Simple Way to Edit Audio



Anchor announced that they have made changes that will make it easier to edit audio on Anchor. They were getting a lot of feedback from people asking why they cannot edit audio before adding it to their station. Interestingly, the solution to this problem came from something Anchor recently updated.

When we introduced Anchor Videos features a few weeks back, we started automatically transcribing audio so our users could easily convert their segments into something digestible and sharable on social media. It occurred to us that this same transcription could be leveraged to design the simple, intuitive, mobile-first experience we had been looking for.

In short, Anchor noticed that when people are editing audio, they are basically deciding which words and phrases they wanted to include – and which ones to exclude. This process was already available for Anchor users who wanted to edit their Anchor Videos. Now, audio on Anchor can be edited the same way.

You can now edit call-ins, and other people’s segments before adding them to your own station or podcast. Before adding your audio, choose a starting word and an ending word, and you’re done. Anchor will discard the rest of the audio and just add the part you want your listeners to hear.

Anchor sees this as a first step towards making audio easier to edit on mobile. They will be adding more features in the near future. Their philosophy is: audio creation on Anchor will always focus on intuitiveness, and the actual content you care about – not a technical representation of the audio file that happens to contain it.


Anchor Made Improvements to Anchor Video



After launching Anchor Videos, Anchor went one step farther and made an improvement to Anchor Videos. They have added some useful new features.

Anchor Videos have been a resounding success, finally giving people (and brands) the ability to quickly and easily share their audio, whether they’re promoting a podcast, sharing a quote, or just using it as a quick way to get their voice heard. And today, we’re announcing a few new features that make Anchor Videos even more powerful.

You can now trim any video before sharing. Instead of sharing a full video for a segment, you can now trim the video any time (and as often as) you want. Anchor has made it just as easy and intuitive to trim as it is to transcribe your segment in the first place. Instead of messing with cursors, just tap the word you want to start with and the word you want to finish on.

It is now possible to share a video of anyone’s segment. If you find a segment you want to share, and the creator has transcribed it, you’ll see a special icon which lets you know you can share it as a link or a video. If you choose video, you will have the option to trim it first, or to share the whole thing.

Another newly added feature allows you to customize your video. Anchor got feedback that people wanted to be able to change the colors to better match their existing branding. Now, you can choose from a set of color themes. Anchor will be adding more color themes over time.