Audioboo allows smartphone and website users to record, upload and playback digital audio recordings, which can be then listened to on the Audioboo website, listened to through the apps, posted to a user's own website, posted to a user's Twitter, Facebook or Tumblr, or submitted to iTunes as a podcast feed. A picture, location, title, description, category and tags can be added to any clips uploaded.
Registration is optional, but registered users have their own pages and feeds/channels akin to Twitter or YouTube. Registered users can also send audio direct messages to each other, and collect playlists (known as boards in a similar manner to Pinterest). Newly registered and anonymous users are given 3 minutes per clip to upload, though users can upgrade for longer record times. There is currently no upper limit to how many clips a user can upload, making the site popular with audio bloggers, teachers, and podcasters.
Uploading can be done:
- with an iPhone, iPad, Android device or Blackberry 10 device
- directly via the website
- via email ("BooMail")
- via IVR phone lines ("PhoneBoo")
- via API interface
A playback-only app is also available for Windows 8 devices.
- Stephen Fry promoted and still uses the application, and recorded a welcome message which is sent to all new users.
- The Kidd Kraddick In The Morning show joined in January 2013 and rapidly became the most popular channel on the platform.
- Journalists from the The Guardian have used the apps to liveblog news and gather reactions, including from the Gaza Strip and from the site of the 2013 Boston Marathon Bombing.
- Southern Cross Austereo's stations including Triple M and Today Network began using the platform in December 2013.
- A formal partnership was entered into with BBC Radio in April 2012. Users include BBC Radios 2, 4 and 6, a number of BBC Local Radio stations, and several World Service non-English language stations.
- The English Premier League joined in late 2013, hosting its podcast and promoting the use of Audioboo amongst EPL clubs.
- Cinch is a similar service that does not impose a time limit, but is heavy in its advertising.
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