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Anchor Adds Smart Background Music



Anchor has introduced smart background music that can be used in podcasts that are on Anchor. There are 100 background tracks to choose from that intelligently mold to your audio. In addition, Anchor added brand new Sound Effects and Interludes tools.

Anchor points out that the perfect blend of voice, music, sounds and transitions in a podcast can be difficult to pull off. It takes time to find the perfect music and to ensure that you have the rights to use it. Not everyone knows how to create unique sounds or to properly edit a podcast. This is why Anchor has added smart background music.

The smart background collection library had over 100 beautiful, podcast-ready background tracks, free to use with no restrictions. A lot of the new tracks come from Blue Dot Sessions. The library can be browsed by mood, name, or keywords.

Each track will intelligently adjust in volume so that it sounds natural with your recording. Here’s how it works: the background song automatically starts at full volume. Then after an intro, the music dips and your recorded audio comes in. The song loops until your segment is done, and then at right at the end, the music swells back up, and fades out. This means your background music sounds really polished, never outshines your voice, and takes just a second to apply.

The new Sounds and Interludes include sound effects or musical interludes. Many of the interludes are short “stingers” that match the background tracks. Anchor says that you can also import your own background music, sounds, or interludes to easily reuse whenever you want to.


Anchor Added Editing Tools



Anchor has unveiled new editing tools for Anchor podcasts. These tools are available now in Anchor’s iPhone, iPad, and Android apps. The editing tools will be coming soon to Anchor’s web platform.

Now you can edit your podcast audio without needing anything but Anchor, available for free on iOS and Android. Like everything else from Anchor, these new editing tools make your life easier by providing everything you need to make your podcast sound great, and nothing you don’t.

Features of Anchor’s editing tools include:

Trim: Quickly trim the start and finish of your recording without needing to go into a heavy editing workflow. This is great for those times when you may have a false start at the beginning of your recording or a sign-off at the end that you decide to include in the podcast.

Split: You can split a recording into multiple segments, and use them together in one episode or spread across multiple episodes. The split tool comes in handy for inserting transitions, voice messages from your listeners, your intro jingle, or any other audio into your existing podcast.

Rename segments while editing: Remove any audio you don’t want to use with a single tap. As you split up your audio, rename the segments you want to keep without breaking your workflow, so editing is lightning quick and your segments are easy to find and manage later.

Smart Flags: Add flags while you’re recording so you can easily come back to important points when you’re editing (either to remove them or to highlight them in your podcasts.)


Anchor Introduced Listener Support



Anchor has introduced Anchor Listener Support. It is Anchor’s system that is intended to allow podcasters, whose podcasts are on Anchor, to monetize their content.

Starting today, any podcaster, regardless of audience size or experience level, can collect recurring monthly payments directly from their listeners. There’s never been an easier way to start generating revenue from your podcast.

Anchor Listener Support feature can be accessed by any Anchor creator in the United States. It can be activated from your Anchor dashboard (on desktop and on mobile). This adds a Listener Support button to your public Anchor profile along with a link in your show notes on every app or website where your podcast is available. Listeners can support you from anywhere, even if they don’t have an Anchor account.

Anchor recommends that podcasters ask their listeners to support them in the audio of their podcast episodes.

When a listener clicks through those links, they will be presented with the option to make recurring, automatic monthly payments to support your podcast. They can choose from one of three support tiers: $0.99, $4.99, or $9.99.

The listener will need to enter their payment information, and their charge will be processed by Stripe. Listeners who are on an iOS device, or a Mac with a Touch Bar, can pay with Apple Pay. On Android or in any Chrome browser, they can pay with Google Pay.

Anchor says that when podcasters are ready to collect their money, they can tap the Cash Out button in their Anchor dashboard. Anchor says they will send the money right away.

Anchor will take a 4.5% fee, alongside Stripe’s 5% + $0.10 processing fee from each translation with a podcaster’s supporters. There is also a $0.25 Stripe payout fee when you cash out the money to your bank account.

The ability for a podcaster to get paid through Anchor Listener Support, of course, depends mostly on whether or not the podcaster has listeners who want to use this system to support that podcaster.

As with other systems that pay creators (such as Patreon or Medium) there’s always a chance that you could end up with few or no supporters. It may work for you – but is definitely not a “quit your day job” type of situation.


Anchor Introduces the Anchor Podcast Lab



Anchor has introduced the Anchor Podcast Lab. Soon, any podcaster will be able to request a time in Anchor’s new quiet recording space in the heart of Manhattan. Anchor says it is 100% free.

Recently, some members of the Anchor team started piecing together a small, quiet recording area at Anchor HQ in New York City for recording podcasts. After recording a few episodes and hearing the results, we realized that this space might be useful for others, too. So we decided to open the space up to members of the local podcasting community too, and the Anchor Podcast Lab was born.

Here are some things to know about Anchor Podcast Lab:

  • It will be open for podcasters later this summer. You can sign up now to request a time. Someone from the Anchor team will get back to you to schedule your exact time (subject to availability) and share details about how to get started.
  • The Anchor Podcast Lab is completely free to use.
  • The Anchor Podcast Lab can get you set up with up to three high quality microphones, a quiet space to record, and an iPad running the latest version of Anchor.
  • If you prefer, you can bring your own computer and plug it directly into Anchor’s mixer. Once you are done recording, your files will be uploaded directly to your Anchor account to be edited or published from your home or office, or you can take them with you on you own SD card or hard drive.

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.