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.

Two Women One Topic [Podcast]

The topic of sex is always in the background of my mind. I was still thinking about the question “Why do we demonize men who are honest about their sexual needs?’

I decided to talk to my mother about this. To find out how she felt, being an older woman, having been raised in a different time with a different way of thinking. Not to mention the totally different view about sex in general.

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My mother was raised that the idea that sex is something that is not to be discussed. Something strange, scary and it’s a part of marriage. Sex was a frightening act that probably was not pleasurable, but only to the man.

We discussed a lot of personal opinions, experiences about the topic of sex. How society has changed but managed to stay the same if that makes any sense.

Perhaps you can get some into sight into how I, Sassy Cat, came to be. Not just a result of my parents fucking, but how &b where my views of sex started from. We are just two women sharing a meal, spending some mommy-daughter time together and talking about sex at a fast food joint.

I’m not really sure how long the podcast is, maybe 20 minutes or more. Please lemme know what ya think and if you have any topics you would like me to discuss, drop me a email.

Keep in mind that was is said in the audio is different than what is typed above. The above is merely a summary. [25 mins runtime]

My Signature Drink [PostADay]

A daily prompt from Daily Post at WordPress

Captain Picard was into Earl Grey tea; mention the Dude and we think: White Russians. What’s your signature beverage — and how did it achieve that status?

Above is my “signature” drink – X rated & Sprite

You can follow along with my “drinking adventures” on instagram

Write a Book

My Beloved, along with a few other close friends keep coming back to the idea of me writing a book. Sure, sounds like a great & fun idea. I would love to write a book. However, I ask myself “who would want to read my waffle? How is my waffle different from any one else’s?”

There is so much information out there, how does a person pick out what to read? My book would have no positive outcome. It would be about relationships, people like me who try to fit into mainstream America but are unable to. What could I possibly write about that would be interesting? Writers write about what they know, Lord knows I know a lot. But it’s not advice or information that would be concerned interesting, helpful or positive. In fact, when it comes to sex. I don’t think I’m a positive influence, because I believe in a lack of emotional commitment. Go out there and fuck. Have fun.

Maybe one day it will come to me. Then I will know it’s time and everything will just fall into place.

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.

READ MORE OF MY REVIEWS

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.

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