It’s been widely rumoured for some weeks now that Audioboom was about to end its free service – and this morning an email to users of the service confirmed that. From December 4, it says, “audioBoom will only offer a $9.99 monthly subscription to our current users”.
So what do you use if you want to produce mobile audio but don’t have the budget for Audioboom’s service? Here are three apps for three use cases…
The mobile audio recording app Clyp has to be one of the best options if you are in a breaking news situation and need to record and publish audio from your phone to social media quickly.
You can use the app without an account, and it also allows you to trim the start and end of the clip before uploading.
Audio editing: Voice Record Pro
For more control over your audio editing, Voice Record Pro offers a range of additional functionality that you don’t get on Clyp, Anchor – or Audioboom. It’s easier to check your levels, you can choose audio settings, alter playback speed, boost audio, and even add ‘silence detection’.
Once recorded, you can access advanced editing controls, split audio, convert, send it via Bluetooth, FTP or WiFi download (this option is particularly cool), various cloud storage services, or platforms such as Facebook, Sound Cloud or YouTube.
You can even add an image and export as a video for social media, which is particularly useful.
Mobile podcasting: Anchor
Over the last year Anchor has grown to become one of the most sophisticated audio apps around.
Like Audioboom, it started with the aim to become the ‘Twitter of audio’, but has transformed itself into a powerful podcasting app, with automatic publishing to iTunes and Google Play, the ability to host phone-ins and telephone interviews and, most recently, social video.
Other audio options
There are lots of other audio tools to try beyond these three. There are the podcasting apps Bossjock Jr, Bumpers (which has a unique editing interface), Crowdcaster, Zencastr, and Opinion; the audio messenger service Pundit; live audio apps Spreaker and Boxcast; and broadcast-from-a-phonecall app iPadio.
Any other suggestions, please let me know in the comments!