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App Review: Audioboo

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When it comes to attracting potential customers and gaining valuable online exposure, nothing beats videos. However, speaking in front of a camera requires a certain level of self-assurance that can be challenging for some people.

Audioboo

One possible way around this problem is to create podcasts. Whether you want to showcase an interview, show off your music, report news, or share educational content and tips, Audioboo is the tool that you need.

What is Audioboo?

Audioboo was launched in March 2009 with a specific focus on the iPhone. Designed to work alongside Twitter and iTunes, this free mobile and web platform works like a digital dictaphone.

Audioboo lets you record an unlimited number of five-minute audio clips and/or upload pre-recorded messages. Within seconds, these recordings — also called ‘boos’ — are turned into podcasts that you can then easily share with friends, family or the rest of the world.

Audioboo: Features

Audioboo boasts an impressive array of features:

  • The platform is very basic and hence very fun and easy to use.
  • The free iPhone and Android app allows you to record your five-minute podcasts directly from your mobile device.
  • You can also use the Audioboo website to record your audio clips.
  • If you prefer editing your recordings before making them available online, Audioboo lets you upload an unlimited number of files.
  • Share your ‘boos’ automatically on major microblogging and social networking sites (Twitter, Facebook, Posterous, and Tumblr).
  • Every ‘boo’ comes with a code that you can embed on your blog and/or website. Otherwise, you can choose to make all your podcasts available on your page with the Playlist Player.
  • Peruse the directory to find and subscribe to podcasts in your niche.
  • Allow others to easily access your audio work thanks to the RSS feed and the automatic iTunes-compatible RSS feed.
  • Submit your podcasts to the iTunes Store in minutes (see below for more information).

How does Audioboo work?

1) Visit http://audioboo.fm/ and sign up for a free account.

2) Fill out your profile with the following: your name, a short bio and a website URL. Also, do not forget to upload a photo or use Gravatar.

3) Link your account to Twitter, Facebook, Posterous and Tumblr to enableautomatic sharing every time a new recording is available on your profile.

4) If you use a mobile device, download the free app for the iPhone or the Android.

5) Record your message (five-minute limit). Add a title, tags and a photo, and pick a location.

6) You are now officially ready to share your boo with the world!

How to submit your recordings to the iTunes Store

Submitting your podcasts to the iTunes Music Store is a great way to reach more people and potentially increase your commercial success. It is also a very simple procedure.

1) Visit the following link: https://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZFinance.woa/wa/publishPodcast.

2) Add the RSS feed link found in your Audioboo profile (see the picture below) and click submit. You will then be asked to log into your iTunes account.

Audioboo

3) Once logged in, the submission form will fill in automatically.

Conclusion

Audioboo is the perfect tool for those interested in harnessing the power of podcasting without having to worry about technicalities.

To start using Audioboo, visit http://audioboo.fm/.

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About Cendrine Marrouat

  • http://audioboo.fm Kate

    Hi, thanks for the review of the app. I’m the Editor/Community Manager over at Audioboo and I’m always happy to help if people have any questions for us.

    We’ve found Audioboo to be a great tool for audio-blogging, podcasting, interviewing, and reporting. We’ve people who record the first sound their new baby ever made to the sound of shuttle launches.

    Lots of journalists (BBC, Al Jazeera, Guardian, Le Monde etc) are using us, as are radio stations (Absolute radio, BBC, Real Radio etc). More innovative uses are from the growing number of teachers using the service too.

    Follow us on Twitter (@Audioboo) and check out the Twitter lists I’ve set up to find out how others are using the service.

    Come and join the fun – or just say hello. And remember, the pictures are better on the radio.

    :)

    Kate

  • Stephen Byrne

    I’ve got a Audioboo Plus account and it is proving very difficult to submit a feed to iTunes e.g. I could only get the RSS URL by specifically asking Audioboo for it (no link from my own profile page), and then, once I had the URL, the feed itself appears to contain errors which (when validated) cause it to fail. Audioboo certainly looks nice and (in other areas) also seems to work well, so I do hope they can sort out these problems because its relationship with iTunes has been very disappointing so far. We shall see what happens next …

  • Vadim

    Nice overview of Auiboo, Cendrine!

    The service has come along way since its launch in 2009. However, one of its possible downsides is that its more conducive to short “twitter-like” broadcasts.

    Anyone who’d like to try an alternative should check out http://croice.com/.