Soundbiter: Constantly Recording Audio Microblogging


SoundbiterLast summer’s iPhone 3.0 software update brought integrated (and underrated) voice recording to the device via the Voice Memos feature, enabling users to record audio clips and share them via MMS or email.

With the rise of services such as AudioBoo, voice memos and voice notes are increasingly becoming a useful mobile productivity and publishing tool (see Aliza’s post, “How to Use Audio Microblogging for Your Work” for a roundup), and are beginning to outpace Apple’s in-house app in usefulness and features.

The latest to join this space is YiqYaq’s Soundbiter for iPhone, a free “rolling recorder” that’s constantly capturing your sonic environment, enabling users to “bite” the last minute of recorded audio for editing or publication. Indeed, Soundbiter actually seems ideally pitched at roving journalists wishing to capture soundbites for later publication.

As well as the continuous recording mode, other features include:

  • A sound editor with waveform cropping and previewing.
  • Uploading to the Yiqyaq’s companion RadioWeave “personal radio” publishing service.
  • Tools to add metadata, such as tags, images and location data
  • Automatic sharing of a clip with a user’s Twitter followers.

The relationship with RadioWeave is an curious one; though pitched at “bloggers, bird-watchers, concert-goers, life-streamers and journalists,” the company is blending user-submitted clips with professional audio content as a kind of personalized radio stream.

Constantly Recording Your Context

Regardless of the RadioWeave integration, the constant recording concept is interesting in of itself, and suggests a useful precedent for any number of mobile applications. Rather than having to load task-specific applications, what if your device was constantly recording its location, camera data, audio environment and applications simply dipped into that pool of data to edit, share or annotate? A little like the conceptual “blind camera” that records context rather than images.

In any case, Soundbiter is a richer and more useful alternative to the iPhone’s voice recording app. iPod touch users will need to use an external microphone — a perfect excuse to get hook up that pro XLR microphone!

Download Soundbiter for free at the iTunes App Store.

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