Anchor: Everything you need to know!

Download Anchor and tune in to daily audio broadcasts or create your own!

Anchor is an audio streaming and publishing platform that lets you listen to and publish bite-sized audio broadcasts. Anchor says its service is “radio, reinvented,” which is a pretty fitting description. You can use Anchor to essentially create your own radio station, populated with audio tidbits, music from Spotify and Apple Music, transitions between sections, call-ins, and interviews. You can even use Anchor to create a podcast feed.

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What’s new with Anchor?

We’ll be keeping this section updated with the latest, greatest stuff coming from Anchor. Be sure to check back regularly for the latest updates!

February 22, 2018 – Create your own podcast effortlessly with the all-new Anchor 3.0!

Podcast makers rejoice! Anchor announced in a blog post today that the completely revamped Anchor 3.0 has officially launched, making it easier than ever to create and distribute the podcast of your dreams no matter your level of experience.

The update consists of a completely reimagined mobile app experience on both iOS and Android as well as a brand new web dashboard to allow creators to more effortlessly realize their podcasting vision.

Mobile-wise, the redesigned Anchor app offers a plethora of new and improved features to effortlessly craft a podcast right on your phone. As soon as you open the app, you’re taken directly to the creation screen where the app automatically begins generating a new podcast episode. Once there, you can choose to start recording right away. And if you’ve got some podcasting partners in crime, have no fear — you and up to ten friends can record simultaneously. In creation, you can also add transitions, insert full songs from both Apple Music and Spotify, and broadcast voice messages — previously called call-ins — from your listeners. The interface is clean, minimal, and pretty much totally foolproof, too. If you’ve just signed up to begin your podcasting journey, the app guides you through everything from tools to podcast ideas to troubleshooting. (And it isn’t in that annoying, forever-taking tutorial way, either.)

In addition to all of that, Anchor’s episode management tools have been greatly improved upon. You can now rearrange segments in your episodes as well as build episodes from new or previously created content. Once you’re finished with an episode, you can publish directly to Anchor as well as platforms like Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Google Play Music.

Anchor 3.0 has also introduced a completely reinvented web client with even more creation tools as well as analytics, expanded distribution options, and, of course, the unlimited free podcast hosting Anchor is known for. According to the company’s blog post, there are a ton of things you can do with the new web tools, including the following:

  • Upload existing audio, like an episode you produced outside of Anchor using Garage Band, Audition, or Pro Tools.
  • Create a new episode using Anchor’s handy Episode Builder, which lets you add audio from your Anchor history, browse and add voice messages from your listeners, add transitions, and even record new audio right from your web browser.
  • View straightforward analytics that let you know how your podcast is doing without having to be a data scientist, pulling data from everywhere your podcast is being heard.
  • Manage all of your Anchor episodes right from your desktop. Edit, delete, update metadata, and view episode-specific analytics all from the convenience of you your favorite web browser.

Best of all, Anchor’s web dashboard syncs seamlessly with the mobile app, allowing users to effortlessly switch back and forth between experiences whenever necessary.

This update comes on the heels of Anchor’s $ 10M Series A funding, meant to further pursue the company’s mission to “democratize the creation and consumption of audio.”

If you already have the Anchor app and have automatic updates enabled, the revamped version should be coming to you shortly. If you’ve been looking for a streamlined, less intimidating way to get into podcasting, you can download Anchor 3.0 by visiting the link below. Signing up only takes a few minutes, and after that, who knows? You could be the next beloved podcasting celebrity.

September 8, 2017 – Anchor adds new features, including new Apple Music and Spotify integrations

Anchor announced in a blog post today that new music-related features are available for the app. The additions are as follows:

  • Users can now connect their Spotify and Apple Music playlists so they can add their favorite songs to their Anchor station as they desire – a faster method than searching for the songs in order to add them.
  • Because many people say they’ve found great new music while listening to Anchor, the company has responded by giving users a way to save songs easily to both their Apple Music and Spotify accounts. That way they don’t have to go through the whole process of toggling between apps and searching.
  • Users can now permanently save songs to Anchor episodes instead of having them expire after 24 hours.

August 17, 2017 – Anchor is now available in your car

Yep, that’s right – Anchor announced on its blog that you can now listen to your favorite stations in your car. All you need is the Anchor app (of course) and a CarPlay or Android Auto enabled device. Connect your phone to your car by plugging it in or using Bluetooth, and voila! You now have access to Anchor on your commute.

August 8, 2017 – Anchor adds video!

If you’re ever in a situation where you can’t really pull out your headphones or blast audio through your smartphone speakers, Anchor’s new video feature is going to be great for you!

The feature transcribes the audio you upload to Anchor and puts together a dynamic video with both text and audio that you can share across social media. I don’t know about you, but I often find myself watching Facebook videos on mute regardless of whether I’m in a situation where I can listen to audio without disturbing others. As much as we see video on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, this was a very smart move by Anchor.

You can now easily share an Anchor video wherever you want — and other users will be able to share your video moving forward, too. Best of all, you can pick the size that makes sense for where you’re sharing, including wide (16:9, perfect for YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook), square (1:1, perfect for Instagram), and story (9:16, perfect for Instagram Stories).

Can you give me a quick summary of what exactly Anchor is?

Sure can! Anchor really is what it says on the tin: “radio, reinvented.” In the same way that radio DJs line up music tracks, transitions, interviews, and audio bites, Anchor gives you the ability to do the same. You can use your phone’s microphone to record audio tracks, use the app to edit them as you see fit, add in transitions and music from Spotify and Apple Music, and publish your broadcasts to your personal station.

The best way to understand what Anchor is is by giving it a listen. Here’s one of my favorite Anchor broadcasts, Let Me Google That:

Neat! So say I just want to listen to stations on Anchor, not make my own. How do I do that?

If you’re just interested in listening to Anchor, you can use the Anchor app or visit individual stations on Anchor’s website. Anchor is a free app available on both iOS and Android.

Free – Download on the App Store
Free – Get it on Google Play

You can also listen to Anchor on your Google Home, Amazon Echo, Alexa-enabled devices, and devices with the Google Assistant.

  • To listen to Anchor using the Google Assistant just say, “Hey Google, play me the news from Anchor.”
  • To listen to Anchor using an Alexa-enabled device just say, “Alexa, enable the Anchor skill.”

Got it. If I do want to create a station of my own, how do I do that?

Well, you’ll start by downloading the Anchor app and creating an account. You can use Facebook, Twitter, or an email address to create an account. Once you’re all signed in and set up, you can use the gigantic red plus (+) button at the bottom of the app to add segments to your station.

You can add five types of content:

  1. Interview: You can record and broadcast a phone call.
  2. Record: You can record audio segments of your voice. You literally lift your phone to your ear and talk to Anchor like you’d talk on the phone. You can also record and publish audio on the desktop by going to anchor.fm/clip.
  3. Music: Connect your Spotify and/or Apple Music account to add music tracks to your broadcast. If listeners have their Spotify or Apple Music accounts connected, they can hear full songs. Otherwise, Anchor will play previews of the tracks you choose.

  4. Interludes: You can add small transitions between sections of your broadcast. There are loads to chose from and you can tap the play button to get a preview.
  5. Call-ins: Listeners can “call in” to your station by sending in audio recordings. Those recordings will show up in the Call-ins section. You can add them to your broadcast and respond to them if you’d like.

I heard you can turn your Anchor station into a podcast … Is that true?

It’s absolutely true! If you’d like to publish your Anchor station as a podcast (so that you can create a show for Apple Podcasts, Google Play, and more), you can use the Anchor app to create an RSS feed of your content. Anchor makes it fairly simple to get up and running, but they’ve put together a comprehensive guide with screenshots as well as a tutorial video to help you through the process:

OK, say I’m done using Anchor and I want to remove my account. How do I do that?

If you’d like to remove your account from Anchor, you’ll have to contact Anchor’s support team to let them know you’d like to delete your account. You can contact Anchor by emailing support@anchor.fm.

Questions?

If you have any questions or thoughts about Anchor, be sure to give us a shout in the comments!

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Old Man’s Journey: Everything you need to know

A beautifully crafted point-and-click adventure title that will leave you reaching for the tissues!

Old Man’s Journey is a point-and-click adventure game from the indie game studio known as Broken Rules. The game hit the App Store in May 2017 and quickly garnered praise, by both critics and players, for its amazing visuals and superb storytelling.

Old Man’s Journey on Nintendo Switch!

The absolutely beautiful and heart-wrenching game Old Man’s Journey is now available on Nintendo Switch.

Although the hardware is different, the Nintendo Switch edition is identical to the mobile game that launched last year. If you’re just diving into Old Man’s Journey, here are some things you should know for both the Switch and iOS versions!

While I don’t want to dive too deep into what the game is all about, thus robbing you of the experience it provides, I can give you a quick look at what’s in store for you inside the game. Here’s everything you need to know about Old Man’s Journey.

The objective

Being a point-and-click adventure game with absolutely no dialogue, Old Man’s Journey lets you figure out what you need to do on your own.

Left to your own devices, you quickly figure out that your goal in the game is to journey across the various landscapes and uncover the mystery of this old man’s past. In order to do this successfully, you’ll need to solve a few simple but rewarding puzzles.

Move the landscape

While you can tap or select anywhere on the screen, the old man won’t be able to reach every location on the first try; sometimes you need to do a little terra-morphing.

If you tap or select on the hills and other scenery in the game, you’ll notice a faint yellow outline appear around the edges. You can drag your finger up and down in order to manipulate the scenery around you and allow the old man to reach new locations.

Waterfalls are helpful

It may seem scary to tell the old man to ride down a waterfall, but at some points, in the game it will be necessary.

If you instruct the old man to walk on the waterfalls you encounter during the game, they will gently carry you downwards, allowing you to reach lower platforms.

Keep the train on the tracks

At some point in the game, you will board a train that takes you across the beautiful countryside; however, the train tracks are all over the place.

Just like you did with the hills in the game, you’ll need to drag the tracks up or down so the train can keep moving.

Animals

On more than one occasion, you will come across some animals in the game. Some are there to help you and some get in your way. A good rule of thumb is to interact with the animals you encounter and see how they behave.

For example, early on in the game, there is a cat you can follow, which helps guide you through that part of the game. A little later on, you’ll come across some sheep that you’ll need shoo out of your way so you can continue.

What else do you want to know?

Let me know in the comments below!

Updated February 2018: Updated for the Nintendo Switch release.

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