Melt App [Review]

I heard about a new audio app for iOS called Melt.

Melt is for people to express their most important thoughts in voice. Melt is Voice-over compatible for visually impaired users!

This app was created by Jason Lew, Shane Wey at Superhero Labs. Based in San Francisco, California. 

My Cons

  • There is only 60 seconds of record time.
  • Once you push the “blue” record button, another screen pops up. “What’s on your mind?” with another “blue” record button and you must tap that again to record.
  • Can not upload any art or photo to go with your audio
  • For iOS only
  • There is no saving of recorded audio. You must upload or hold it until you’re able to upload it.
  • There is no usable website.
  • I have noticed that there are a lot of younger members/users. Mostly female from the looks in the “new melters” section. There are a lot of silent members.
  • No description section for 60 second audio. There is no use of hashtags.
Melt iOS App

Melt iOS App

My Pros

  • Can share via Facebook, Twitter, email, text message and URL.
  • You can share the audio immediately after recording or share someone else’s (including yours) later on at a more convenient time.
  • There is a total number of plays on your profile, to let you know how many times your Melts have been played.
  • Has a “Featured” members section. Great way to “promote” the frequent users.
  • Commenting abilities. Both typed & audio. However, if a member uses the audio reply underneath that specific Melt, the response is not directly linked under the original Melt but placed into the main “Melt feed.”
  • Ability to “like” a Melt.

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Always curious about new audio platforms, I signed up.

Signed Up for new app

Signed Up for new app

 

Once you sign up, you notice there is a drop down menu in the left hand corner. There you can see your options for moving around within the app.

Home: contains your followers “Melt feed.”

Me: contains your profile, along with all your Melts. You can see how many Melts you have uploaded. View both your followers and those that you are following. You can see the total number of plays. Currently mine is at 174.  There is a section where you can edit your profile. Name, Tagline, Location and website. Upload a bio photo. You can email an advertisement to someone about your new discovery.

Melters: Breaks down the membership in three sections. Featured. New and Search. An excellent way to found users to listen to and follow. A plus is their “featured members” section.

Melts: is the main feed where all Melts are found. Where you can listen to the new stuff.

This app is fairly new. I’m sure that there will be more changes, improvements in the near future for this growing app. It’s great for sharing a single thought on twitter. Facebook people tend to read posts verses clicking the play button. I can’t see it being popular on Facebook.  There isn’t a lot of interaction among users. There is ability to type a comment, but this is about audio. It starts to defeat the point of the app if there is more typed commenting. Difficult to reply or debate with only 60 seconds to the audio.  Of course there are always the core community users of any app, no difference here. There are a few users who truly enjoy this app. Who use it to promote awareness to their beliefs on a subject. There are some users who use it to share about their day in school. Some record their everyday routines, just being silly. I can’t see this app being used by podcasters or those who enjoy using audio for audio blogging in length. This app is short & to the point. Get your thought out there.

Once your Melt is uploaded you recieve an email with the link to your Melt. There you can also share via Twitter, Facebook, URL and embed. Below is an example of a recent Melt I did.

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.

 

The Chirbit iOS App Review

I decided to download the official Chirbit iOS app after seeing the android version posted on Facebook.

Check this out on Chirbit

At first, I thought “I’m not gonna pay 99 cents for an app.” There are so many other audio apps that are free. Why would I or should I pay for one? Then I thought to myself “you waste more money on worse things. Go ahead buy it.” So, I did. I had to “sign up” for an account which ended up to be on the chirbit.com website. Once a person records the chirbit then uploads it, the recorded audio will be posted on their newly created profile page on chirbit.com.

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As I continued to look around the app, I noticed that a user can choice between using the “iPhone speaker or iPhone.” The iPhone speaker is the louder of the two, using just the iPhone is like listening to the audio as the phone is held up to the ear. There is a “glider” button that I still haven’t figured out what it’s for.

The user can “like” or “share” and most importantly add a typed comment directly to the chirbit (audio) in the main feed section.  There are several options for sharing the newly recorded audio. The user can choice from Twitter, Facebook, Copy the URL.  I attempted to use “Copy the URL”  this caused the app to shut itself down. I tried doing it twice, both times the app shut down.  The user can also choice to “Open in Safari” or “show QR code.” I have not used either of those options.

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The main feed section is where the user can find audio to listen to. There are three sections to find something to listen to. The “Mine, Top and New” tabs are located in the upper right corner. The user clicks on the play button and is taken to another page where the individual audio post is located. The user must click the play button again. The user must click “back” in order to return to main feed. I failed to click the “stop” button on the audio, clicked “back” and the audio continued to play. I had difficulty trying to find the page that I was listening to in order to shut off the audio. I thought I returned to the same page in order to shut off the audio, instead it loaded another fresh page all the while the audio continued to play in the back ground. I ended up with two open audio pages, because I clicked what I thought was the stop button, but that was not the case. So, now I had two audios playing, frustrated I deleted the app, then re-installed it.

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Once  you recorded a chirbit you can run your finger on the outer circle of the record page, this causes the audio to fast forward. Counter clockwise on the outer circle will rewind the audio. When recording the audio I noticed there are no indicator lights. The lights that a few other apps have so that a user can see and measure the sound of their voice and or surrounding sounds. I noticed on my first few audios that there was some clicking sounds or breaking up a bit. Multi-tasking with the iPhone will cause the recording to pick up the “tapping” of the home button, unlocking phone, etc.

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Check this out on Chirbit

There is a Search section where a user can search by “Geo, Users, Chirbits.” Breaking it down if one is looking for a very specific audio on this app or the website.

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When the recorded audio is complete, the user clicks the “upload recording.” This brings up the area in which the audio can edited. There is no spell check in this app. So, watch your typing skills when you are typing in the title and description.  At the bottom there is the “Post to Chirbit” button. This will upload your audio to your new profile page on the chirbit.com website.  If you don’t “Post to Chirbit” the audio will remain in your “files” tab until you are ready to delete, edit & publish it.

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I had mentioned in one of my chirbits that I wasn’t aware of any time limit for recording audio. I received the following comment … “On the app you can record for as long as you have space on your iPhone.” This statement was left on  my second chirbit by the founder & creator of Chirbit Ivan Reyes.  The website has been around for quite a few years now.

I will give this app a “thumbs up.” Like most newly developed apps, it may have a few kinks and bugs to sort out. The only issues I didn’t like was that the app seemed just a bit busy. To me, there is a lot to it. However, once you play around with the app, it’s pretty good. I’m not keen on spending money for apps, so that is a negative point for me. I was really curious about it, so I purchased it. The website offers lots more options. Having a profile on the site after purchasing the app is pretty good. I would recommend the website for sure. Just don’t expect a lot of interaction, because there really isn’t any. If you do join or purchase the app, remember to follow me there at SassyCat3000. Tell ’em Cat sent you! Got questions? Contact me.

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