Anchor is launching a feature today that’ll make it easier for friends to record podcast episodes together from afar. The feature, called Record With Friends 2.0, allows people to record a podcast from their browser, even if they don’t have an account with Anchor. Up to five people (the host and four guests) can record at once, although the host still has to use the Anchor app.
“Talking to each other, sharing stories, and sparking conversations are a crucial part of staying connected, and right now, podcasting is one of many ways those connections can be maintained. So we wanted to make it easier to record with others, even from a distance,” say Anchor executives.
To start recording, the host has to send an invite link to their friends. The guests then have to click that link and type in their name. It’ll open in their preferred browser on desktop or mobile, although Anchor says Google Chrome mobile support isn’t live yet; it’s “coming soon.”
Given that most of the world is social distancing or being told to stay at home to limit the spread of COVID-19, people are looking for ways to connect to friends. Spotify has constantly said it wants to build tools to give people the ability to create more audio content, both with Anchor and its other program SoundTrap. The pandemic might give the world an extra push to start making podcast content.