Podcasting has been around since the early 2000s, and it has undergone a massive amount of change since then. The mobile industry itself has seen change — gone are the iPods and Creative MP3 players, replaced by the dominance of smartphones. While the iPhone doesn’t hold the lion’s amount of market share that the iPod did, it has been enough to catapult both podcast clients and podcasts themselves to a completely new level. In 2013, we saw just how utterly successful that market has become. (more…)
The field of podcast apps is quickly becoming crowded: Apple’s own app, Pocket Casts, Instacast, Downcast, and soon to be Marco Arment’s Downcast. Can there be room for yet another client in a category that is difficult to differentiate in?
Apple’s Podcasts app for iOS has had a somewhat rocky history, first launching in 2012 with an app that was widely criticised for its unreliable functionality and hideous skeuomorphic-heavy interface. A second update, likely started whilst Scott Forstall was still at Apple, was released earlier this year that attempted to resolve many of the original issues and tone down the skeuomorphism, but it was still was far from perfect.
Amongst the huge number of app updates from Apple after their October 2013 event, Podcasts was updated with an all-new iOS 7 look and feel that removes every last trace of tape decks and push-buttons that made Podcasts the eye-sore it was. With some further functionality and refinements, is Podcasts finally an app Apple can be proud of?
With hundreds of thousands apps, the app business is incredibly tough. Every app has atleast a dozen competitors with more showing up at a breakneck speed. This situation becomes even more muddled when an app’s functionality falls in line with the stock app or a market leader who is kind enough to distribute apps free of charge.
There aren’t a short supply of voice recorder apps in the App Store. All iOS devices ship with one and then there is the built-in voice recorder that Evernote offers. So, why would someone want to pay for an app that does the same? It doesn’t make sense, right? But, you’ll change that statement, just like I did, after trying out Recordium. (more…)
Lot of exciting technologies came up at the dawn of the Web 2.0 era. Some succeeded early and have turned into dominant platforms today. On the other hand, some failed all too miserably despite being equally awesome. Podcasting is one such tech trend that never quite reached the masses (although you will hear arguments to the contrary).
YouTube and other video sharing sites grabbed the audience early on and audio publishing never really had a chance. Today, audio publishing is targeted mostly at geeks, influentials and power users, but that doesn’t stop entrepreneurs from launching cool stuff involving audio every now and then. Snackr dishes out news in tiny, bite-sized audio clips. Sounds interesting, right? (more…)
In this Quick Look, we’re highlighting robick. The developer describes robick as a useful audio player to transcribe and practice music. This app can repeat playback, and you can change key and tempo with the wheel interface or control it visually. You can change the key and tempo of tracks separately as well. Tracks are imported as non-DRM protected files from your iPod library. The operation is very simple and enjoyable, and there is a twirling black doughnut shape on the screen for finger controls.
Read on for more information and screenshots!
Voice modification apps are always good for a few laughs. They allow the toughest of men to sound like squeaky wimps and the littlest of girls to sound big and scary.
Today we’re going to take a look at VoiceMod. An app that just may be the best voice-modification app around and the most fun than you’ve had in years on your iPhone.
Picture this: I just took a walk with my iPhone, but it was no ordinary stroll I assure you. If you would’ve seen me, headphones in, strutting along, you would’ve had only one possible conclusion for my behavior, that I had completely lost my freaking mind.
At certain points, I would stop and try to remain as still and quiet as possible. At other points I was moving fast while vigorously shaking my iPhone. There was even a time where you could’ve seen me yelling and clapping while blaring iTunes to try to create a noisy environment.
Now as I type this article, my keystrokes and mouse clicks echo wildly in my ears with the sounds of a raging storm, altering reality in a way unlike anything I’ve ever experienced.
Have I gone mad? What possible reason could a man have to engage in such ludicrous acts? The answer lies in an app from two of my absolute favorite people in Hollywood: Christopher Nolan and Hans Zimmer (along with Last.fm founder Michael Breidenbruecker).
Cinch is the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch app for the Cinchcast.com web service. Cinchcast can be thought of as a social network built around user generated audio clips. The Cinch iOS app and in turn Cinchcast.com, form a free service that gives users the ability to record, upload and share audio while cultivating an audience through the Cinchast.com social network.
Created by Blogtalkradio and used by infamous new media journalist Robert Scoble, the Cinch iOS app was developed to make the features and functions of Cinchcast.com available on the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch iOS powered devices. Scoble has been quoted as saying, “I use Cinch to interview tech execs and innovators. It is the best way to record audio and share it with friends and audiences.” On the surface, the Cinch iOS app is straightforward and easy to use. When you dig a little deeper into the app, you will find that the simple features and functions of this app become very interesting when mixed with the app’s parent service, Cinchcast.com.
Read more to find out what makes the Cinch iOS app interesting, what it does right and how it could be improved.