Dubbler [Review]

When CEO of VoiceBo, Brett Wilson has sent me an email sharing Mashable’s article about an app called Dubbler & Eevzdrop, I was very curious. I am always on the look out for an audio or voice app to test, play and try out. I will have to say this. 

My first impression is that there seems to be more young adults using the app. Maybe it’s due to the several cool voice filters they offer. You can record 60 seconds of whatever you desire, then add a voice filter (if you want to).  The voice filters are cat, cow, robot, stage and many more. However, you have to get it said in 60 seconds. You then have the option of sharing with Facebook or Twitter. Those two seem to be the heavy hitters of the social media world these days. Oh, that’s another thing, those are your only TWO options of signing up with Dubbler.

Continuing with my first impression is that they “push” the whole “dub with celebrities..Paris Hilton, Mac Miller.” Why?! It’s NOT like Paris will answer! Next, is that you can explore the app, a look at the “Hot Dubblers” list which is a cool idea. However, the list has most “hot dubblers” only having 4-10 dubs. While there are other members with 169 dubs. Are the members on the “Hot Dubbler” list people the general population should know? Besides the President? 

I do like how the threads like when a person submits a dub, then another member answers. You add up the seconds that turn into minutes and wow. Where did the time go?! I have made 3 dubs, and have gotten nothing. No plays, no responses. Upon sign up you automatically follow people, I don’t know these peeps. I did just get ONE follower. How nice. There is also a “trending” section which does show the current stuff. Mostly singing, silly talk, young kids. I’m not really seeing it – yet. I do wish there was a way to embed the “dub” on to a post or page. How cool would that be?! For now it’s just Facebook & Twitter shares. 

I will say this, I am getting the feeling that it is not a very social app as of yet. I have 2 followers and have attempted conversation with a few members and nothing.  And I am following 22 members. whaaaaa????!!!!

You can check out one of the dubs I recorded early this morning on the way to work. Click here

As for using this app for adding audio/voice captions to your photos. I will stick with my pixengo app. They are much more social, the owners comment on your photos and members follow you. Both VoiceBo & Pixengo have my votes for the social & personal touch. 

My opinion of this app is even though it’s free. It’s a thumbs down for me. There were too many kids on there. Only seconds to record a thought. It did not seem too social, more like overcrowded. I would not recommend this for those people who really want to listen to people with something to say or that have something to say.

Here are a few other audio apps that I reviewed. Voicebo. Melt. Yappie. ChirbitMy Don’t forget to let me know what your thoughts are.

AudioBoom is an AudioBUST

Tuesday I woke up to see the newest version of Audioboo, now called AudioBoom. There was a few things that I noticed that I didn’t like out of the starting gate. There is so much disappointment with this new updated version. The small community that I am a part of is hurt, confused and disappointed. Some feel that this is the beginning of the end of the community as we know it to be. I highly doubt it’s the end, yet I’m sure that some (such as myself) will be looking elsewhere to record. Others might stop all together recording, others might try to find other ways to record to bypass the audioboom app. There will always be some community there, until the site closes down. The community might not be as tight-knit as earlier times. I will always be around.

Audio Error. Audioboom is an AudioBUST

Audio Error. Audioboom is an AudioBUST

You can listen to my podcast that I talk about some of the apps. Keep in mind that the written post and podcast do not contain that exact material. [Thanks to GingerTom for the background music]

There are just a few issues I have, otherwise I am fine with the new version.

  • I do NOT like that there is an auto-play when opening the app.
  • I do NOT want to hear anyone else but those that I am following.
  • I do NOT to hear any other channels. I just want those members that I am following in my stream.
  • For me, it’s difficult to found, listen to the most recent, current posts from those members that I am following. I ended up going to the main website page to find the recent stuff.
  • Bottom line it is difficult for me to maneuver around in the app to listen to just the people I want to hear.

I have always been into doing audio. It’s so much easier than typing out the words. Besides I believe that the listener can hear my emotion in the audio. I like to review some of the audio apps that I come across, to see their potential. Below are some of the apps, websites that I have used or reviewed. Please feel to add any information that could be of use to someone who might be considering using or downloading one of these apps.

I added a few issues that come to mind, both positive & negative. Each app offers something different. I have not found an app/website that offers everything. The closest I have found is Voqel. Downside; only an iOS app available.

Chirbit – Has potential for community or lone wolf activity. Chirbit iOS app is 99 cents. Recording space depends on the space you have on your phone. Ability to share, embed and voice or text comment. Has website to view members profile page. I do not like the look of the app or website. The colors are dab.

Ipadio – Community. Can upload files, including location and photos. Can share to social media. Can use telephone to call app to record. There is no voice commenting only text. The app is solely for recording, unable to view other members or main webpage. All commenting, viewing and listening needs to be done on main webpage or by RSS or itunes.

Voicebo – Very similar to AudioBoom, however there is only 5 minutes per audio. The community isn’t a strong one, has potential. Tag section and description section could allow more characters. Only text commenting within the app. Can subscribe via RSS feed. The app is pretty easy to find your way around. If you sign up there, PLEASE tell Brett Wilson that Cat sent ya!!!


Eevzdrop  – There is no uploading files on this app. No website to view a member’s profile page. There is 10 minutes of recording time. After uploading your “drop” there is no option to edit. You can only share to Facebook, not to Twitter. You can copy the URL and share it.

Dubbler/Yappie – Voice filters. Some sense of community. Time limit on recording is 60 seconds.

VoiceByte – You only get 30 seconds to record. It’s great for a promo or sharing a statement. Ability to include a photo and link to that recording. Can share to Facebook, Twitter and Friends. There seems to be only a handful of users here.

Voqel – This app wouldn’t even let me sign up. The “timer” just kept going, even after deleting it and reinstalling the app. I went to the website and was successful in creating a profile. Everything about this really looks interesting, promising. I will have to say this is so far the best of the community formed audio/broadcasting/podcasting networks out there.  Files can be uploaded from the website and members can also record via microphone. The website is user-friendly with detailed “how-to’s.” You can even create private groups. Sadly, there it is only available on iOS. There is so much to this app and website. Two thumbs up for this one. You can view my first recording >HERE<

CLICK the microphone icon below to go to my Voqel profile page.

 

Micbytes – Waste of time. No activity since August of 2014. Can’t share with Twitter or Facebook after uploading the post. Too vogue of an app.

Soundcloud – I stopped using this after the plans were introduced. My account has 3 hours left. I did like the app and the website. Those site is mostly filled with DJ’s. I guess “Lordes” was discovered after uploading her tracks to Soundcloud.

Spreaker – There are plans you can purchase. My account only has 10 hours left and I can record up 30 minutes. After that I would have to purchase a plan. I did really like this app & website. However, there cost is my main issue.

Blog Talk Radio – I used this for two years or more. Cat’s Tales Podcast. Main issue I had is that the sound quality is total crap! You need a phone to use this site. There is no app for this site. You use your landline or cell phone to record your audio. You can upload 3 mp3’s to use during your broadcast. You get up to 30 minutes free, with 15 minutes extra also free. I called the 15 minutes “the after party.” A member can schedule a show/broadcast to air live with a chatroom during non peak hours. Only paying members get access to prime time slots. A member can share to Twitter & Facebook. The interactive dashboard is pretty easy to use. There are a lot of good qualities about BTR, the whole set up is really cool. The “Studio” that a member uses to record their broadcast or to upload a file. A member can upgrade, starting at $39 per month in which a member can use Skype to record their show. There are more bells & whistles with the upgrade.

Check Out Lifestyle Podcasts at Blog Talk Radio with SassyCat38 on BlogTalkRadio

 

 

PodOmatic – Mostly for music DJ’s. There is a storage limit of 500MG and bandwidth of 15GB. Not sure if it’s restarted after 90 days or if the member has to upgrade. The basic plan is $9.99 per month. A member can edit their profile page.

Mixlr – I downloaded this one. But there was something about it, that I couldn’t figure it out. The way it looked bothered my senses. It was unappealing to me. So if you can share some insight on this app and website that would be great.

Melt – There is only 60 seconds or 30 seconds of record time. There is a feel of community there. I do like the embed player. You can read my full review >HERE<. There is no main website. This app seems to be only available in iOS. I would use this more to toss a single thought into the air on twitter.

Here are a few other iOs apps that I haven’t “tested.” They look kind of tame, simple and similar to Melt, Yappie, Dubbler and VoiceByte.

I noticed that most of these apps are iOS only. A few have android, Windows versions available. Do you have a recommendation for an audio, voice, broadcasting app? Share it. I need to nick my Beloved’s new Galaxy to visit the app store to see what’s available. BUT if you already tried something, drop me a comment. Share your experience.

General Podcasting Stuff

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I have felt restless about going back to typing. I have been really wanting to get back into my “audio-blogging” and podcasting. What’s the difference?

I would say audio-blogging is more of a personal audio daily dairy sort of thing. Podcasting is more on the professional and not so personal audio.

I continued onto to talk about other audio platforms that I have some experience with. This all came about with the new time increase on Audioboo to 10 minutes from the free 3 minutes upon sign up. I was at 6 minutes for about a year or more.

The audio apps that I mention in my above audio is…

I just gave a run down of those. I hope to continue to do more audio stuff. If you sign up for any of the above, look me up and follow me. I will follow you in return.

Yappie App [Review]

I noticed new follower “Yappie” on my twitter. I always peek at who is following me, including peeking on any websites listed. I immediately clicked on the Yappie.com

I discovered that it was an audio blogging platform. A another audio social network. I had to join. Why? Because I enjoy audio-blogging. A group of about 14 guys run this cool little app. The iOS app looks fairly new, it’s dated back to October 2013 with only one update in November 2013. When signing up you’re asked to pick out some interests, such as music, movies, lifestyles, sports. You have the option of making your profile private or public, connecting with Facebook or Twitter. A member creates a brief bio, uploads a profile photo and a background photo (just like Twitter).

Yappie iOS App Sign Up.  Audio Social Network. Also available at Google Play

Yappie iOS App Sign Up.
Audio Social Network. Also available at Google Play

Once signed up, the member to share their Yappie on their Facebook or Twitter pages. Other options for sharing are copying to clipboard, embedding the player (below) and sending via email.

Once signed up and in, there are few different tabs at the bottom. First the “Home” tab gives the member an option to view two different news feed. The first being their own news feed including these they are following. The other option is “Global” where a member can view the entire Yappie news feed, a great way to hear new voices. A members news feed includes the number of likes and the number of listens. A member can comment immediately upon listening to someone’s app. The comments are  typed, perhaps in the beta version or updated versions a possibility of audio comments including typed. There is an option to share on Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp and email. Being able to leave a comment immediately upon listening is a plus for this app.

Under "Home" tab, a member has the option to view two different newsfeed.

Under “Home” tab, a member has the option to view two different newsfeed.

When you see a member with a blue Yapp, it means that they have been “verified.” This is on my to-do-list. A member can search for members and or hashtags.

Another tab is “Popular.” A member has the options of looking through the “Trending, Editor’s Picks and the Leader board” Yapps. Trending Yapps are highlighted in a different colored mosaic page. Editor’s Picks are those Yapps that are highlighted by staff. The Leader board is unique. A member can earn points daily by just being active on the site. Listening, recording, commenting and liking Yapps all earn a member points. The Leader board shows the highest scoring profiles, including yours and those you’re following, along throughout the Yappie site. The pink number under a member is their rank on Yappie and the blue number is the number of the points they have earned being active.

Recording is pretty simple. Just hit the pink dot at the bottom of the app and watch the counter start counting down. There is only 60 seconds of record time for this app. Which is not a plus in my opinion or experience with audio social networks. There are some that start out with 3 minutes of recording time (Audioboo), Chirbit gives up to 2 hours or what space you have on your phone. Eevzdrop gives a 10 minute recording time. Which is a really good amount of time. Some give 5 minutes (Voicebo) others like Yappie only give 60 seconds, like Dubbler. Yappie is like Dubbler with the time limit and they offer 6 unique voice filters to add to your audio. There is also an option to upload audio files on the Yappie site (via computer). Which worked very nicely, I uploaded one called “Love Letters.” Tweak your Yapp, pin it to your location on the map. Use your iOS settings to add the location. You send a direct message to any one of your followers. You can mention a member in your Yapp descriptionby using the @ symbol, plus adding the hastags to the description.

I really enjoyed using this app. The only down side is that it is only 60 seconds of record time. Would be great for using it for a Twitter vocal status update. I would not recommend this to those hardcore audio-bloggers that I know. This social app is fairly new so there really isn’t a lot of interaction. The staff work hard to make new users feel welcome, a select few users comment or like. Incentive is the points the member gets for their activity. I think this has the potential to be a very unique audio-blogging social app. Another down side to this app is that there is no option to upload photos to a Yapp. However, there is a beta version in which the staff might be working on this option. It would definitely add to this app. 

There are users that haven’t recorded anything in weeks. I noticed there are big time gaps someone recorded something 2 hours ago, before that 9 hours ago and then 12 hours to 1 day. I did that scan through the “popular” Yapps. In another search I got 4 hours ago to mine that was 16 hours ago and that was under “global” Yapps. So, don’t expect a lot of social movement. Keep in mind it’s all still very new.

 

How to Use the VoiceBo App

Brett Wilson, CEO of VoiceBo has created a tutorial for the VoiceBo app.

VoiceBo is a great little app. There are so many possibilities to use this app. Use it to interview someone, share a DIY project & include a photo of the finished project, sing a song or tell a joke. Use it to talk to your friends in private, use it to send audio emails.

I use it so that I can do my 5 minute podcasts anytime & anywhere. The player is easy to embed on both WordPress & Blogger platforms. You can create a post on any blog with the player, give it a title & photo and you’re done.

Once you have joined up with VoiceBo, you are welcomed by staff once your first “bo” is completed and published. This creates a nice community feel. It truly is a social network. Staff is always available to assist a member with any difficulties they might have using the app, which is great for any first time audio users. I have always suggested this app to anyone who is interested in trying out audio for the first time.

Like their tagline states…”You Type When You Can talk?”

Penis Pictures

 

Today on Dubbler, I received a private dub or message. From a man named Charles Alfred Rockwood. As you can see above, is the content of the message. Why? Would a man send a private message like this to start with? This is his first contact with me. I truly don’t understand the logic behind this. Another issue is that he is trusting enough not to be worried that I could post it everywhere?

I looked on the dubbler app to find the link of “report or flag.” But I found nothing like that anywhere on the app. Another concern is that there are a lot and I mean a lot of young kids playing on there. Just being kids, saying silly things, singing silly songs. What’s to prevent someone from sending them something like the above?

I personally do not want this kind of attention from someone who I don’t know. What the hell is wrong with people today?! Another thing is when men share photos of their penises, what more else could possibly interest me? The curiosity is gone, the anticipation is gone. What’s left?! Nothing. Are these types of men wanting to be known by their cocks? Is that how they view themselves? Just as a live dildo for a woman who is in need of sex?

There you have it. You can listen to the rest of my audio below in the audio player! Another crazy experience from your favorite little kitty -SassyCat