How to provide my own transcripts for Apple Podcasts

Modified on Mon, 18 Mar 2024 at 08:22 AM


Apple Podcasts recently introduced support for episode transcripts, enhancing accessibility and listener engagement. Right now, these are only available for new episodes starting with iOS 17.4, for podcasts in English, French, German, and Spanish with back catalog episodes being added over time.

How it works

Upon submitting your podcast to Apple Podcasts, transcripts for new episodes are automatically generated and made available exclusively on the Apple Podcasts platform. This automatic transcription service is a default setting, aimed at providing an effortless solution for podcasters to increase their show's accessibility and discoverability at Apple Podcasts.

Providing Custom Transcripts

However, for podcasters seeking to offer a more tailored listening experience, Apple Podcasts allows the submission of custom episode transcripts.

If you would like to provide your own transcripts, navigate to the Availability tab on your show's page within Apple Podcasts Connect. Adjust the transcript setting (shown below) to enable the option of providing your own transcripts.

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Considerations for Dynamic Content

It's important to note that for episodes featuring dynamically inserted audio (e.g., advertisements or personalized content), the displayed transcript will not reflect changes made after the initial transcription. This limitation underscores the importance of ensuring that your provided transcripts accurately reflect the final audio content of your episodes, especially if they include dynamically inserted segments.

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