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Podcasts can be either audio or video digital recordings downloaded for playback on PCs or portable media players such as iPods or MP3 players. So why do you need podcast transcription if you have the audio? The content of audio recordings on the Internet is not readily searchable and, therefore, classified by the search engines. This renders your podcast almost invisible.

We can provide a transcript of excerpts or a full transcript which can be uploaded to the Internet alongside the audio recording. The transcript will show up in the search engine results like any other document or website, as well as being available to a more disadvantaged audience. This is particularly pertinent now, since the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 and Communications Act 2003 encourage the provision of full accessible content for all broadcasts. The sound files can help the visually impaired while subtitles or a full transcript can be very helpful to the hearing impaired. Also, some people prefer to read content because it's quicker than listening to an audio file.

We have assisted a number of clients with their podcast transcription. We are equipped to transcribe a variety of digital file formats, although the majority of podcasts tend to be MP3 recordings. A variety of podcasts can be transcribed including e-learning for school lessons, audio tours of museums, oral history interviews, city tours, news updates, tourism guides, journals, radio programmes, magazines, political broadcasts, sermons, TV commentary, newspapers, health guides and business meetings. We are pleased to offer charities, students and universities a discounted podcast transcription service.

We pride ourselves on providing thorough, accurate transcriptions with meticulous attention to detail, while maintaining a cost effective transcription service. We also offer time-stamped transcripts where required. We are pleased to provide a fixed per audio minute price for all digital recordings, so you know in advance what your overall costs will be. We invite you to view our Testimonials page and we have extensive project management experience for large scale projects.

We hope our Guidelines and Equipment pages will answer any specific queries you may have about setting up your recordings and our review of the different digital file types may also be of interest.

Audio Podcast Transcription Services

Price Range Per Audio Minute
(digital recordings only & based on Intelligent Verbatim transcripts+)

Podcast broadcast / interview transcription (up to three participants)
Standard rate
Discounted rate *

£1.30 - £1.75
£1.25 - £1.50

Multiple participant broadcast / interview transcription services
Standard rate
Discounted rate *

£1.50 - £2.00
£1.35 - £1.75

Groups / conferences / commentary transcription services
Standard rate
Discounted rate *

£1.50 - £3.00
£1.40 - £2.50

Time-stamped transcription services
Every five minutes
Standard rate
Discounted rate *

Every minute
Standard rate
Discounted rate *


£1.75 - £2.75
£1.60 - £2.25

£2.50 - £3.00
£2.00 - £2.75

Please note: these rates apply only to good quality, clearly audible digital recordings. The price range is designed to cover issues such as background noise, strong accents and technical terms. Should the subsequent recording prove to be not as described, we will requote and discuss this with you before proceeding. See our Transcription Times page for the factors which influence transcription. All prices are in £ Sterling and VAT is NOT applicable.

+ Please add 50p per audio minute (25p discounted) for Complete Verbatim or 25p per audio minute (10p discounted) for Edited Transcript. See our Definitions page for details of what each transcript style means.
* The discounted rate applies only to universities, charities and students. All prices assume a good quality, clearly audible digital recording.

ALL RECORDINGS are listened to a second time, Internet research is carried out to identify names or terminology, and all transcripts are proofread by the Director, Irene Boston, before being sent to clients. There is no extra charge for this service. Not all transcription companies do this, some don't even proofread, so make sure you ask the right questions before choosing a service.

For any large scale podcast transcribingproject, we would recommend giving us as much advance notice of your requirements as possible. This allows us to reserve space in our schedule. Most established transcription companies have a long list of regular customers and to suddenly find a block of free space for a large project can be difficult. So book your transcription company in advance, the same way you would an event venue or interview schedule. If you require us to record your podcasts live for later transcription, advance notice is helpful.

Our default transcript style is Intelligent Verbatim which is the most cost effective method of transcription. Please read our definitions of the types of transcript we offer to choose which format is most suitable for your needs. We use a standard format and layout for all transcripts but should you wish something different, please let us know. As with all our transcriptions, we provide a transcript code for each document to signify areas which are inaudible or unclear.

We can download your podcast either direct or via your RSS feed, or the podcast recording can be uploaded via our system. We provide a free File Upload secure FTP service for all digital recordings via our website to ensure prompt delivery to our transcription team. Alternatively, some radio and TV programme podcasting can be downloaded after the event for a period of time and we are happy to do that for you.

We hope this provides you with a thorough overview of our podcast transcription services. Please email or contact us on 01485 543746 for a detailed quote and turnaround times based on our current schedule, or browse our Overview or FAQ pages.

Our AUDIO PODCAST TRANSCRIPTION SERVICES includes MP3 podcast transcription, WAV podcast transcription, WMA podcast transcription among many other digital audio file formats. Podcasting transcripiton can include transcribing interviews, e-learning school lessons, audio tours of museums, oral history interviews, city tours, news updates, tourism guides, journals, radio programmes, magazines, political broadcasts, sermons, conferences, discussion events, TV commentary, newspapers, health guides and business meetings. We are pleased to offer discounted podcasts transcription services for charities, students and universities. Webcast transcription and a digital video transcription service can also be provided.

We are pleased to offer free Advice Pages: Equipment FAQs Overview Transcription Times and free Guidelines for: Conferences Dictation Digital Audio / Minidiscs Focus Groups / Forums Interviews Lectures / Speeches / Presentations Market Research Vox Pops Oral History Interview Projects Podcasts Audio Tapes Teleconferences / Telephone Interviews Digital DVD / Video Tapes Webcasts Workshops Our Home Page provides an overview of the wide range of transcription services we provide. Different transcription styles are available including Intelligent Verbatim Transcription, Complete Verbatim Transcription, Edited Transcription and customised transcription styles for Oral History projects and Focus Groups

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