Posted On: Oct 17, 2013

We are excited to let you know that you can now use Amazon Elastic Transcoder for audio transcoding. This new feature lets you use Amazon Elastic Transcoder to transcode audio-only content like music or podcasts from one format to another. You can also use this new feature to create an audio-only alternate stream in an HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) file set, which is frequently needed to meet low bandwidth requirements for mobile applications.

Audio transcoding with Amazon Elastic Transcoder works in the same way as video transcoding: you create a transcoding pipeline (or use one you’ve already defined) and submit a transcoding job that specifies either one of the new audio transcoding system presets or your own custom transcoding preset. You can choose to create output using the AAC, MP3 or Vorbis audio codecs. Metadata like track name, artist, genre and album art is included in your output file and you can specify replacement or additional album art if you wish.

Amazon Elastic Transcoder has simple pricing: you pay according to the output duration of your content. There is no upfront commitment and you only pay for what you use. For audio-only transcoding, prices start at $0.0045/minute. To help you test Amazon Elastic Transcoder, you can use the AWS Free Tier. The Free Tier provides 20 minutes of free audio output per month, 20 minutes of free SD output per month and 10 minutes of free HD output per month. Please see AWS Free Tier for more information.

You can learn more about Amazon Elastic Transcoder and this new feature by visiting the detail page and by reading the documentation.