Listen Notes 2.0

🔍 Podcast search engine that actually works

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Listen Notes is a podcast search engine, where podcast listeners find podcasts & episodes by people, places, or topics. Listen Notes indexes the meta data of ~506K podcasts & ~31 million podcast episodes — (almost) all podcasts & episodes that you can find on the Internet.

Listen Notes 2.0 is a complete UI redesign, new logo, and more.

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Reviews

  • Life Pro TipsTips for your life.
    Pros: 

    The 2.0 feels much more put together. Introduction of cards helps browse results much easier to visually parse.

    Cons: 

    Adding pagination to results would make it easier to bookmark.

    Really digging the re-launched version of Listen Notes. I think that this site has a lot of potential in the podcast discovery space, especially for new people. It would be cool to see comments built into the platform and a nice notifications system.

    Awesome job.

    Life Pro Tips has used this product for one month.
  • Jeremy JordanFree4talk
    Pros: 

    Fantastic

    Cons: 

    I would like to jump to the specific part where a word or phrse was pronounced

    Overall, I like it

    Jeremy Jordan has used this product for one day.

Discussion

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Wenbin FangMaker@wenbinf · Maker of listennotes.com
Hello PH, I’m Wenbin, a software engineer in San Francisco & the maker of Listen Notes. Listen Notes is a very simple “I can build this in a weekend”-ish project. It crawls podcasts RSS from iTunes, indexes podcasts meta data in ElasticSearch, and provides a simple web UI. No AI. No speech-to-text. No audio search. Despite of the simplicity of this project and the little development effort, I find that this project is actually good enough for my personal use — some of my friends feel the same way as well. Example: https://www.listennotes.com/sear... As an engineer & 1st generation immigrant, I’m very practical. I always prefer “spending 10% time solving 90% problem”-type solution. We are not building a pyramid (or making an iPhone). Software projects (especially online services) can always evolve. There’s no need to get everything right all at once. I’ve been working on some side projects on and off for several years. Listen Notes was one of my side projects in the past several months. However, I had never worked on these projects full-time (e.g., several work days in a row). Things changed recently. I just left the company I cofounded on Sep 15, so I got a chance to work on my side projects full-time. In the past few days, I rewrote the web UI, refactored a big chunk of backend code, and laid the foundation of future fast iteration of this product. I’m curious to see how big Listen Notes will become before I run out of my personal savings in a few months :) I’d love to get some feedback & I’m happy to answer questions! 🙏 (Actually, I wrote some FAQs: https://www.listennotes.com/about )