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Podcasts have exploded, with an estimated 164 million US listeners in 2023 in the US alone. That’s a massive opportunity for you and your brand to get inside the ears of new listeners.
Over the last few years, I’ve co-hosted and produced solo and guest-based podcasts, so I know first-hand how transformative podcast transcripts are for your reach and accessibility. Transcripts make your audio content searchable and those who prefer to read can absorb your podcast more easily.
Spotify is the second largest podcasting platform with over 40 million monthly downloads, but right now, you can’t download transcripts directly. To create show notes, social media posts, and captions for podcast videos, you need the transcript as a starting point.
I’ve spent hours documenting the easiest methods for getting a Spotify podcast transcript. Keep reading for three simple methods using Notta’s Spotify podcast transcript generator for free.
In this guide, I’m going to walk you through three methods of how to get transcripts of Spotify podcasts, including:
Automatic Transcription: Using the Notta Web App
Automatic Real-Time Transcription: Using the Notta Chrome Extension
Manual Transcription: Using your favorite word processing software
Spotify Premium does allow you to download podcast episodes to your device, but they’re encrypted, meaning you can’t convert them into usable audio files. Instead, use a third-party service like Listen Notes to capture the audio.
Visit the Listen Notes website.
2.Type the name of the podcast in the search bar and click on the podcast.
3.Select the episode you want to download as audio and click the three dots icon to bring up further options.
4.Click the ‘download audio’ link to save the MP3 file to your device.
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Visit the Notta dashboard once you’ve logged into your account.
2.Click ‘import files’ on the right-hand side of the dashboard page.
3.Drag your audio file into the box provided, or click to search your file explorer for the file. Your audio file will automatically begin uploading to Notta.
View the transcription progress bar on your dashboard page. Once Notta has finished transcribing, click to view the entire podcast transcription.
2.Read through your podcast transcription and identify and assign the speakers—click the speaker name to change it in the drop down menu.
3.Correct any errors in the transcript. Click any word or phrase to play that part of the audio file and type the correction.
4.Export your transcript by clicking the ‘download’ icon in the top right-hand corner and selecting your preferred format.
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The Notta Chrome extension can transcribe any audio or any webpage in real time. Here’s how to do it for a podcast on Spotify.
Visit the Notta Chrome Extension Web Store page and click ‘Add to Chrome’.
2.Navigate to the Spotify Web Player and search for your podcast in the search bar.
3.Click the podcast and find your episode by scrolling the episode list and click the ‘play’ icon.
4.Prepare the Notta Chrome Extension to begin transcribing your podcast—log into your Notta account and choose the correct transcription language.
Click ‘Start Recording’. You will see a waveform appear once recording is active.
2.To end recording, click the red square ‘stop’ icon. Notta sends the transcription directly to your Notta dashboard.
3.Navigate to the Notta dashboard.
4.Identify and click the correct transcript under ‘Recent recordings’ —the Notta extension names your file after the webpage for easy navigation.
5.Read through the transcript and change the speaker names if needed by clicking the name and choosing a new one from the drop down menu.
6.Correct any transcript errors by retyping the words or phrases—you can listen to the audio for reference by clicking the ‘play’ button and it’ll play from the highlighted blue text.
7.Export in various formats by clicking the ‘download’ icon and choosing your export options.
Manually transcribing a Spotify podcast means listening to the audio and typing out the speech by hand. Here’s how you can do it using any word processing tool like Microsoft Word or Google Docs. You could also use a transcription tool like oTranscribe which has handy shortcuts for timestamping and formatting.
Open a new blank document. In this example, I’m using Google Docs.
2.Open your Spotify podcast episode either in the web player or desktop app.
3.Press ‘play’ to begin listening and adjust the playback speed to make it easier to type. I found 0.7x was slow enough but Spotify supports up to 0.5x speed.
4.Begin typing everything you hear into your blank document. For now, don’t worry about identifying speakers or timestamps and don’t go back to edit.
5.Listen through the podcast again, this time adding words and phrases you couldn’t decipher the first time. Edit your typos and incorrect words.
6.Listen through one more time, adding in timestamps and speaker tags. Stop and start the podcast whenever you need time to type the correct tags.
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Create an AI summary of your transcript using Notta AI. This summary tool generates a condensed version of the transcript, highlighted chapters, and action points. These can help structure content creation around the podcast such as social media posts and show notes.
Use a tool with shortcuts for timestamps and playback to make the process quicker. A free tool like oTranscribe is web-based and works like a word processor with added features.
Slow the playback down so you can type at the same speed as you listen. This will prevent you from repeating sections of audio. It also assists you in deciphering hard-to-understand words.
Break down long sections of speech into shorter paragraphs and timestamp them so they’re easier to read. No one likes reading huge chunks of text with no formatting, right?
To save time, leave out filler words like ‘umm’ and restarted sentences. This is commonly called ‘edited’ or ‘clean’ transcription.
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There we have it; three simple methods to generate a Spotify podcast transcript.
The manual transcription method is by far the most time-consuming, so I’d recommend the automatic methods using either Notta Web or the Notta Chrome extension. These are quick and accurate, especially considering podcast audio is usually polished and clear.
My favorite is the Chrome extension and here’s a little tip—open your podcast in a new window when using the extension. That way, you can navigate away and Notta continues to transcribe!
Now all you need to do is decide how to harness the power of your written transcripts to support your podcast! When you’re ready, try out Notta transcription for yourself.