Matter, a GV-backed read-it-later app, has unveiled a groundbreaking feature called "Readable Podcasts" that takes podcast listening to a new dimension. Users can now transcribe their favorite podcasts to text and interact with the material much like a saved article, a development that could redefine the way we consume audio content.
With "Readable Podcasts," users can highlight, take notes, and share quotes from the transcribed podcasts. The audio and text are kept in sync, providing the freedom to alternate between reading and listening effortlessly. Whether you want to revisit a section, take notes, or share quotes, the feature is designed to offer a flexible and interactive experience.
This feature doesn't just cater to those looking to annotate podcasts; it also provides an alternative for those who are hearing-impaired or are not auditory learners. Plus, the app supports multiple languages, making it more inclusive than ever.
Users won't have to abandon their favorite podcast apps to enjoy this feature. Matter supports podcast platforms like Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Overcast, Castro, and Pocket Casts. Simply share the podcast you want to transcribe using the iOS Share Sheet, and Matter will take care of the rest.
Matter co-founder Ben Springwater explained that the feature relies on both a third-party transcription service and Matter's proprietary system to ensure the quality and accuracy of transcriptions.
Available to Matter's premium subscribers, the advanced transcription features extend to both podcasts and YouTube. Subscriptions are priced at $7.99 per month or $59.99 per year. The app is compatible with iOS and web browsers like Chrome, Safari, and Firefox.
While Matter has future plans to support private podcast feeds, transcriptions of Spotify exclusives remain off-limits due to their non-open access nature.
"Readable Podcasts unlocks the knowledge in podcasts for the first time," said Springwater. Indeed, this feature could mark a significant turning point not just for Matter, but for the podcast industry at large.