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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.


Anchor Introduces Anchor Videos



Anchor has introduced Anchor Videos: the best way to share audio on social media. Anyone can leverage Anchor’s new video creation technology to quickly turn audio segments into beautiful, sharable videos that feature word-for-word transcription that syncs perfectly with your audio.

Since the launch of Anchor 2.0 earlier this year, Anchor has ben sharing beautiful videos to social for Anchor’s most popular segments using a beta transcription took they had been developing internally for months.

They also allowed some podcasters, YouTubers, and other creators try it out. Pod Save America (from Crooked Media) has been using Anchor Videos. So has YouTuber Jordan Taylor (on the Blimey Cow channel).

Anchor received “many, many requests” to allow more creators to use Anchor Videos. As a result, anyone can now quickly generate an Anchor Video for any audio segment, right from the Anchor app. Start by tapping the button next to any segment in your Anchor profile. Anchor will quickly transcribe you audio.

Scan our transcription and correct any issues you see with a single tap. You can fix incorrect words, remove words that don’t belong, or add new ones that we may have missed. Our transcription technology will automatically line your words up correctly with the audio.

You can share an Anchor video wherever you want. You can also pick the size that makes sense for where your sharing, including wide (16:9, perfect for YouTube, Twitter and Facebook), square (1:1, perfect for Instagram), and story (9:16, perfect for Instagram Stories).


Anchor Introduces Discussions



Anchor makes it super easy for anyone to hear, share, and create interactive streams of audio called stations. It’s like radio (or podcasting), but bite-sized. Anchor has introduced a new feature called Discussions.

Discussions is a brand new way to interact with the audio you love on Anchor. You can now chat (with text) about whatever you’re listening to, right from within Anchor. Discussions is available now for iOS and Android.

Anchor is really proud of how easy they’ve made it to interact with audio and creators in ways that were previously impossible. You can interact by applauding the parts you like, calling in with a question, or adding audio to your own station. But, Anchor noticed that listeners want to have longer discussions about what they’re hearing.

We’ve seen people trading call-ins in an effort to have an ongoing conversion, or taking it to other platforms for more in-depth (but relatively inconvenient) discussions. So rather than force our users to find other ways to have meaningful conversations around audio, we decided to enable it right inside Anchor.

This is how the Discussions feature works:

  • Start listening to a station.
  • Tap the new Discussion button on any segment.
  • Discuss the segment you’re listening to with the station’s host and other listeners, as much as you want.

Anchor points out that if a host loves what you had to say, they can add it to their segment as a pop-up comment so that all their other listeners will see it (even if those listeners don’t want to join in the full discussion.) Discussions will stay attached to their relevant content, so if someone adds your segment to their own station, or if you turn a segment into a permanent episode, the conversation will be maintained.


Anchor Offers the Easiest Way to Make a Podcast



Anchor is offering the “easiest way to make a podcast, ever” in its newest release. You can now record and post and publish your podcast on major podcast outlets right through Anchor.

In the newest release, Anchor becomes the only platform where you can publish to major podcast outlets like Apple Podcasts and Google Play Music with a single tap of a button on your phone. Available today for iOS and Android, – it’s 100% free, entirely mobile, and so easy to use that literally anyone can make a podcast now.

In the blog post, Anchor explains their motivation. “One of the most common things we hear from people is that they want their Anchor station to be discoverable as an actual podcast.” This new release makes that possible. To quote Anchor’s blog post: “Unfamiliar with RSS? Cool, let’s keep it that way.”

It seems to me that Anchor is aiming at people who are brand new to podcasting and who do not yet have the technical knowledge to record, edit, post, and submit their episodes themselves. Or, it might be for super busy people who want to make a quick podcast and not have to spend time with the technical aspects of podcasting.

Anchor says that it makes recording and sharing audio as simple as talking on the telephone. It suggests you can use their platform to capture your own voice, take call-ins from listeners, conduct remote interviews with anyone, or broadcast full length songs from Apple Music or Spotify.

When your episode is done, and you are happy with it – you can post your podcast in one tap to your Anchor station. Anchor will take care of submission and distribution to Apple Podcasts and Google Play for you.

To me, it seems that Anchor just made podcasting super easy for new people to try. It lets people focus on creating without having to take the time to learn how the technology aspects work, to learn how to edit, or to figure out what an RSS feed is.

On the other hand… some of this makes me cringe. As a person who has done music podcasting in the past, I worry about the legality of broadcasting full length songs from Apple Music or Spotify. It is unclear to me how someone who podcasts on Anchor would know if a song was released under creative commons, released under public domain, or if it was owned by a record label. Hopefully, Anchor has worked out the details and permissions for that behind the scenes.

I’m also cringing about what the quality of the audio might be like. I’ve listened to podcasts on Blog Talk Radio, and while the content may be interesting, I found the audio lacking. Anchor is designed to be recorded on your phone.

And, as always, there is a risk to having all of your creative content located entirely on a platform that you do not own. There have been situations in the past where podcasters woke up one day to learn that their hosting service shut down and disappeared without warning – along with all the content they posted on it.


Anchor Brings Interview Recording Ability to its Platform



Anchor logoPodcasters record a lot of interviews. And there may be as many techniques for recording interviews as there are interview-based podcasts. Audio-production and distribution service Anchor became the latest entrant to the interview-recording space with a recent update to its mobile app:

…Anchor, an iOS app that aims to “democratize audio,” is releasing a new interview tool that makes broadcasting significantly easier. You can now use the app to record and publish a phone conversation, turning any call into a potential interview for broadcast. And thanks to a partnership with Watson, IBM’s machine learning software, Anchor will automatically generate a transcript of your call and email it to you.

With this recent update, Anchor is attempting to provide two problems often faced by podcasters; recording interviews and generating transcripts. According to the article linked above, Anchor still has some work to do with its transcriptions:

About six minutes after our 10-minute interview, the transcript arrived in my email. It was in rough shape: Watson can’t yet differentiate between speakers, so you’re left to parse a massive block of text. (Anchor says this will change soon.) In my experience, the transcription was about as good as the software that transcribes your voicemails on Google Voice or iOS: good enough for a rough guide, but way too rough to quote from without listening to the audio again yourself.

If you’d like to try Anchor for your next interview, the app is available as a free download from the iOS App Store.


Anchor Unveiled Anchor Version 2.0



Anchor has unveiled version 2.0 of the Anchor platform. It is an improved version of the original Anchor platform.

The new Anchor lets you broadcast your voice, clip external sound bites, mix in full length tracks from Apple Music and Spotify, take call-ins from your listeners, add interludes created by world class sound designers and musicians, all from your phone. Plus, everything on the new Anchor can be heard on iOS, Android, Amazon Echo, Google Home, web, and in your car via Bluetooth.

Anchor 1.0 was launched a little over a year ago. It combined easy production, social networking, and a new way to distribute audio. People from nearly 200 countries used Anchor 1.0 to record audio daily. Some were going to great lengths to pull in external music and audio clips, to do interviews, and to make sure the story they wanted to tell could be heard how they wanted it to be heard.

In the new Anchor, everyone has a station. It is a place for you to broadcast a stream of bite-sized audio. Anchor 2.0 still includes the ability for people to record audio by holding their phone to their ear – and then edit that recorded audio with high quality background music. Anchor 2.0 includes a brand new set of production tools that make it easier to make content.

Here are a few features in Anchor 2.0:

Add External Clips: You can pull external clips into your station to showcase news, quotes, and soundbites, and then add your own perspective to it. It was possible to do this in Anchor 1.0, but is seamless in Anchor 2.0.

Mix in Full Songs from Apple Music or Spotify: DJ a real music station by mixing in songs and then add commentary to tell your listeners more about the songs and the artists who made them.

Take Call-Ins from Your Listeners: Anchor 1.0 allowed people to leave audio replies for other Anchor users. Anchor 2.0 adds the ability to curate those replies for a much better listening experience.

High Quality Interludes: Anchor 2.0 includes segments designed by world-class musicians and sound designers. You can use them to transition segments in your show.

Anchor 2.0 has something new called Dial. Use it to find Anchor Stations from companies like Gizmodo, Jezebel, Lifehacker, WNYC, The Outline, The Infatuation, IGN, Backchannel, Big Beat Records and JASH. The Anchor Rundown is a personalized, A.I. Powered station that is designed just for you. It features up to the minute news and weather powered by Dark Sky.

Anchor 2.0 instantly converts all recorded audio into rich, colorful videos that play seamlessly on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and other platforms that support video. Anchor 2.0 is now available for download for iOS and Android, and can be listened to on Amazon Echo on your Google Home.