I first got wind about the audio blogging platform in March 2009. Audioboo has steadily evolved ever since. I was excited then and it’s still my favorite way of sharing and absorbing content.
At the time I said..
“I have fallen back in love with audio. It makes you think more about how you describe your surroundings. It makes me want my surroundings to explain themselves. Either by getting close to a person and their opinion or close to environmental sounds. Combined with a photo attached to act as a catalyst for the imagination, the listener is not being force fed the story. they have to take a moment to let their imagination get involved in the media.”
Since then I have done my best to get involved with beta testing and suggesting new features. That said of all the ideas I throw at the Audioboo team, I would never have seen Streams coming. I’m not going to try to explain exactly how ‘Streams’ works. Not till I’ve had a proper play. I have an idea how I would like to use it.
In Audioboo’s words..
“A stream is a channel that you can create and assign access privileges to. You can upload privately, allow a select group of people to upload or open it up to the whole audioboo community. They can even record to your stream directly from the webpage. The Pro version comes with a moderation interface, so you can choose which boos are published to your stream or just download the MP3 for use on radio shows, podcasts etc… In addition, you can brand the stream page with a banner, image, description etc…
As Audioboo moves forward, we believe streams will be a powerful way to both organise content and solicit audio from your audience. Pro users can embed the upload/record widget in their website to allow users to record to their stream. iPhone users can download a simple web app (with a branded icon) that allows a user to seamlessly record to a particular stream.
In time, the iPhone and Android app’s will be updated to include native Stream functionality.
Multiple streams, moderation, widget embed and more will be part of the Pro functionality we will officially launch in mid July.”
This is a massive step forward in audio blogging. If the functionality is not totally clear, this is because it’s something totally new. If you haven’t recorded an Audioboo recently, get reacquainted and I’m sure it will make much more sense.
I’m also pretty sure this is not the only innovation Audioboo has up it’s sleeves. They have come a long way in this last year and I’m looking forward in seeing just where they take Social Audio in the coming year.
I’m @Documentally on twitter and you can find my Audioboos at http://audioboo.fm/Documentally
Ooo, I have a Zoom 😀 Cute redhead, need to grab one of those…
I got the bright red one – I love it!
Works so well as a tool to break the ice! Never tried to fit it to an iphone though, hmmm. Might try!