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Amazon Music Launches Synchronized Podcast Transcripts in the U.S.



Amazon Music announced the launch of synchronized podcast transcripts in the U.S. for recent episodes of select Amazon Original and Wondery podcasts like SmartLess, Dr. Death, and Uncommon Ground with Van Jones, plus popular hit shows My Favorite Murder, Crime Junkie, Modern Love, This American Life, and much more. Podcast transcripts started rolling out for customers in the U.S. on November 3, 2021, in the latest version of the Amazon Music app on iOS and Android.

Similar to the popular lyrics feature introduced by Amazon Music in 2013, this brand-new feature allows listeners to experience podcasts in a whole new way. Amazon Music is the first music service to offer synchronized podcast transcripts, allowing customers to follow along or seek ahead in an episode, similar to thumbnail previews when scrubbing videos.

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 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, audio chuck, Cadence13, The New York Times, Stitcher, and TED.


Wondery Signed an Agreement to Join Amazon Music



Wondery announced that it has signed an agreement to join Amazon Music. When the deal closes, nothing will change for listeners, and they’ll continue to be able to access Wondery podcasts through a variety of providers. With Amazon Music, Wondery will be able to provide even more high-quality, innovative content, and continue their mission of bringing a world of entertainment and knowledge to their audiences, wherever they listen.

Wondery is an innovative podcast publisher with a track record of creating and producing top-rated podcasts that entertain and educate listeners, including Dirty John, Doctor Death, Business Wars, and The Shrink Next Door. Wondery is already delighting listeners with its collection of immersive podcasts, and the company is evolving this entertainment medium into a truly new and exciting experience.

Amazon Music launched podcasts in September 2020, and together with Wondery, Amazon Music hopes to accelerate the growth and evolution of podcasts by bringing creators, hosts, and immersive experiences to even more listeners across the globe, just as they do with music. This is a pivotal moment to expand the Amazon Music offering beyond music as listener habits evolve.

Amazon Music’s commitment to podcasts, their focus on high quality audio with the Amazon Music HD tier, and our recent partnership with Twitch to bring live streaming into the app, make Amazon Music a premier destination for creators.

Together with Wondery, Amazon Music will continue to bring more customers to streaming as they expand selection and ensure they are a destination for their customers to find, discover, and listen to the creators and artists they enjoy.

The New York Times reported that Hernan Lopez, Wondery’s founder, will step down as chief executive when the deal with Amazon closes, and Jen Sargent, Wondery’s chief operating officer will take over management, according to an Amazon spokeswoman. The New York Times also reported that Amazon would not “predict” when the Wondery deal was expected to close.