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Thanks for the "karaoke" feature that allows us to follow the lyrics of the songs. It's great for anyone learning a new language or who needs to find a specific part of a song's lyrics, and especially for deaf people who, different from what is generally expected, also like to enjoy music on Spotify and this feature makes the experience more accessible.

However, a similar feature has not yet been implemented in podcasts, which is a shame as there are many creators producing extremely relevant content on the platform, but, for lack of an accessibility feature, this content doesn’t reach as many people as possible and many creators choose to make their content available on platforms that respect the diversity of their audience.

By making some updates to the karaoke feature that already exists on the platform we can have a Spotify more accessible to everyone. The ideal is a tool that generates an automatic description of the spoken content, as present in other online platforms, but also allows edits to be made by the content creator itself.

And then it should be automatically synchronized with the audio and available in the desktop and mobile version as well.

This update will bring more people to Spotify, as many people consume podcast media looking to learn a new language and would like to be able to check words they don't understand well, in addition, browsing the synchronized caption of the content allows you to find which part of a particular episode has the information that the person is looking for.

Most importantly, it will highlight the issue of accessibility for people with disabilities and initiate a dialogue with the disabled people community, because deficiencies are part of human diversity and must be respected.

Updated on 2021-06-15

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Totally support this, great idea!


It is not simply an idea. It is a totally necessary application fix. Make it happen! Thanks!


Hopefully this becomes a priority soon! Big companies need to try their best to include everyone and make accessibility actually happen.


Perfect ideia! 


Importante e necessária a implementação e difusão desse recurso para tornar os conteúdos da plataforma acessíveis ao maior número de usuários possíveis. Aguardamos novidades!


Otima ideia


Amazing idea!!!


thats a really gret idea congrats


Ótima ideia

Great idea


love this idea! if podcasts had auto captions like youtube i'd genuinely use them more often.