Otto Radio

Discover podcasts & news you love with the push of a button

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I discovered Otto Radio a while ago and have been excitedly waiting to share it with the Product Hunt community. Otto has a great tutorial and crafts podcast news segments for your commute. If you really liked Swell and have been looking for a replacement, you should give Otto a whirl cc @semil
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@alexcartaz thanks for hunting us! I’m Stanley, co-founder of Otto Radio. Curating spoken audio content is hard, and we created Otto to help take the pain out of finding podcasts and news stories. Otto comes from my personal experience as a commuter -- I used to have a daily hour-long drive between San Francisco and Palo Alto, and it was a time consuming and frustrating process trying to assemble a daily playlist of interesting talk shows and interviews to make the most of my drive. If I forgot to prepare my playlist, I would end up listening to random podcast episodes or mindlessly surf the channels on satellite radio. With such good recommendation engines for music (Pandora / Spotify) and videos (Netflix / YouTube), there simply wasn’t a robust discovery platform for spoken content that truly understands the user’s interests and consumption pattern. Given the sheer number of good podcasts and the 100 million hours Americans spend commuting daily, we thought it just made sense to create a personalized app that efficiently matches the supply and demand. We also believe the existing model for distributing spoken audio content is broken. Podcatchers leave curation up to the listeners, which is why 90% of downloads still come from the top 50 podcasts on the iTunes charts. We are envisioning a new spoken audio ecosystem with more efficiency for listeners and transparency for producers. For listeners, it’s a lean-back, personalized disocvery experience of news and podcast. For podcasters, it’s a distribution platform designed to perfectly match content to the interests of individual listeners. Our mission is to help fill your commute, workout or other activities with new ideas, humor and fresh ways of looking at the world! We’ll be on Product Hunt all day to answer any questions. Thank you Product Hunters! Happy listening, Stanley and the Otto Radio team
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@alexcartaz I LOVED Swell. Seriously one of my favorite apps ever. I was so pissed at apple for killing it. Hoping Otto fills the hole it left behind. Downloading now.
Hey Hunters, here’s how Otto Radio works in a nutshell (watch or read at your pleasure :-)
• With the push of a button, Otto finds podcasts and news that best match your interests and listening habits • Otto solves the discovery problem for you by combing through 33,000 podcasts and 1,000 major news sources to find the most desirable stories for every time it makes you a playlist • Otto also tailors your playlists to your desired listening time to make the most of every minute • And, Otto’s learning algorithm gets smarter by analyzing what causes you to finish, like, skip, or dislike stories to continually improve your experience Today we are also featuring a special playlist of top tech podcasts in Otto curated by Product Hunt members – you will find interviews with Paul Graham (@paulg), Chris Sacca (@sacca), Roman Mars (@romanmars), and PH’s very own @rrhoover and @eriktorenberg. Tune in and enjoy!
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@abloomis @stanleyyuan How does a podcaster get listed in Otto? Do I need to submit to you guys, or do you pick it up automatically?
@ianmikutel if you have an RSS feed, we typically pick it up automatically. One quick but rather manual way to check this is to go to the "Discover Podcasts" section in the Otto app -> search for your title; if it shows up in the search results, then the content is properly indexed. We are working on a new feature on to enable podcasters to easily verify their content, and for them to submit their RSS feeds and metadata if not indexed yet.
@stanleyyuan Perfect, launching a new podcast very soon so great timing 😁
Avid podcast listener here that's been using Otto Radio for a few mths after having been a dedicated Stitcher user for years. When I saw what Otto does & how it does it I switched immediately, because the value it's giving my life is my TIME back. I actually don't use it much on my commute, I use it everywhere else. At work in btwn meetings, at home completing the honey-do list, etc. it's always coming in handy. It took me about 10min to input majority of my interests and find my fav podcasts, and the one or two that weren't there already were there shortly after I let the Otto team know they were missing. I'm enjoying the UI/UX and hadnt had an Onboarding process this fun since Anchor. I like that it continues to learn my likes/dislikes in a Pandora-ish way (thumbs up & down) and I still find myself adding more interests that help tailor my news. My only recommendation is to have more times available to pick from or the ability to select my own. Other than that I'm loving the Otto Radio experience.
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@vincentorleck thank you for your feedback! Glad that Otto is helping you save time from curating your own shows. We have noticed a fair amount of usage of Otto in non-driving environments -- we are working on ways to improve the accuracy of the predicted time and make it more sensitive to use cases outside of driving. One of our product philosophies is that we should always help users do the repetitive/mundane work when we can, and only ask for users' inputs when the benefits to the user outweighs the cost. Choosing your playlist time is a task that we want our algorithm to be responsible for and be as sensitive to your habit as possible. We hope Otto can soon more accurately predict how much time you want your playlist to be, so it saves you even more time :)
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Just downloaded Otto Radio... just might be the thing to make me consistently listen to podcasts. Not usually a fan of heavily illustrative UI design, but it works pretty well here.
Hi @mlassiter! One of the things I like best about Otto is that it got me back into podcasts. Discovering amazing content I didn't know about or being surprised by an old favorite resurfacing in my playlist is such a refreshing experience. Enjoy and be sure to let us know what you think!
Is there going to be a 'based on people you follow' approach eventually? Totally understand the podcast discovery issue and have issues with it myself. But I guess I envisioned something more like and Instagram for Podcasts or actually something like Nuzzel for Podcasts. Is this something you are considering/have considered?
@bentossell awesome observations! We believe that the best podcast discovery experience should be 1) built upon a robust content recommendation engine that understands both users interests and content really well (think how Netflix makes recommendations about hard-to-discover/long-tail content), 2) complemented by socially curated discovery (think how Facebook friends curate our news feed). Otto, as it is now, does 1) relatively well for users. We have exciting plans in the works to address 2), especially around how we could leverage your social circles/people you follow to help curate better playlists for you. We think there are a lot of possibilities in improving discovery by combining a smart recommendation engine with a socially curated experience. And of course, a more social Otto experience will also make it feel more communal, which according to studies is one of the reasons why terrestrial radio still remains popular. We are excited to roll these additional features out soon - stay tuned!
@stanleyyuan nice to hear it! would be pretty interested to see how it works with the combo
@stanleyyuan @bentossell I don't want to have to follow people on yet another platform.