How to Capture Ideas Using Noted While Listening to Podcasts

Whether you listen to podcasts for professional development, educational purposes, or pure entertainment, now and then you may hear something interesting that you would like to remember. It might be a piece of information the host shares, a resource they mention, or an actual point in the podcast you want to get back to.

If this has happened to you, here’s how you can remember the best moments from podcasts.

Why You Should Take Notes on Podcasts

Listening to podcasts is a new form of education for many people. However, merely listening to them doesn’t give you the ability to retain all the information you hear; just like reading a book or attending a seminar, actively and effectively capturing interesting ideas you come across is part of the learning process.

The problem is, listening to a podcast while taking notes at the same time can be cumbersome. You can open up another app, write down a note, then switch back to the podcast, but you’ll often find that the context is gone when reading the note later. Sometimes you may not even remember what podcast the note was from, which means returning to the exact point in the podcast is out of the question.

Don’t worry though, Noted can help.

How to Take Podcast Notes on Noted

Noted makes taking notes from podcasts as frictionless as possible to help you do it consistently – here’s how:

  1. Open Spotify, iTunes, Acast, or whatever app you use to listen to podcasts, as long as it lets you keep the audio playing when you operate another app.
  2. As the podcast plays through the device’s speaker, create a new note in Noted then hit Record.
  3. Tap the microphone icon and toggle on ‘Record from speaker’ to start recording the podcast.
  4. Take notes as usual.

Everything you type now will be timestamped to the recording, which is invaluable when you review these notes, as it will give you a rough idea of when and where in the podcast each note refers to.

You can even transcribe the podcast audio into text using the Dictation tool, though it works best with speech in real-time. Learn more about the Dictation tool.

How You Can Use Podcast Notes

Notes you take from podcasts can be great sources of inspiration at work and even for your university work. That’s right, provided that it meets the same criteria as traditional literature, referencing a podcast can be equally relevant and admissible to your academic assignments. The citation style you need to use will depend on the guidelines given by your college or university.

Note: If you’re using Noted to record podcasts while taking notes, remember that the recordings are meant for non-commercial, personal use only. 

Listen and Learn

Start taking notes from your favourite podcasts! If you’re looking for more ways to take notes using Noted, check out our Apple Watch app and Zoom integration.

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