No, this isn’t an app for Target (though there is a Target app if you are in desperate need of it). This is the app for ipadio, a very easy way to record audio via your device or a telephone. For each recording you make, you can record up to 60 minutes of audio and then add titles, descriptions, images, and geo-locate your recording before it is instantly uploaded to your ipadio account, and, if you want, also posted on multiple social media accounts.
- Download and open the app and you’re prompted to make an account. (When you make an account it will ask for a phone number, and this is for when and if you use the option to call in your recordings.)
- You’ll then have to accept their terms of service, which are pretty funny, so you may want to read through them before you accept.
- You will also need to allow ipadio to have access to your photos, so you’ll be prompted for this and say Yes.
- Then you’ll see the home screen where you will have the option of either Audio or Phone. Select one and create your recording.
Here are some screenshots to get you started.
This screenshot shows the homepage of ipadio and what the icons mean (click to make it larger):
When you record with Audio, you’ll be brought to a screen with a big, red record button on it. Click the record button to start the recording and also to pause, restart, and save the recording, as you can see here (click to make it larger):
After you finish your recording you’ll be prompted to title and save your recording and then upload it. Uploading it will place it on ipadio’s website and you will find all your uploads on your uploads page, which you can see here (click to make it larger):
The only bad thing about ipadio is that in the app itself you cannot get links to share or embed the recording. You have to go to the ipadio website and log in to get that information.
On the website you can also set up your ipadio account to automatically post your recordings to ipadio and your social media accounts.
Go to the my.ipadio website and log in with your account information.
You’ll then see your broadcasts and you can right-click the broadcast to copy the URL. You can also do many other things using the icons on the right-hand side of the screen (click to make it larger):
And don’t forget, in the app you can also phone in your recording. Just click the Phone button on the app homepage and then you’ll be given a phone number and a unique code.
Note: If you use the phone feature, you’re responsible for any charges you may get on your phone. ipadio says that they try to make these numbers free of charge, but can’t guarantee it.
Libraries & ipadio
We don’t have specific examples of libraries using ipadio, but since you can download your audio and use it any way you’d like, we’re almost certain there are libraries using it. It’s a great way to easily record audio that sounds good.
Just brainstorming, here are some ways we could envision libraries using this:
- Record an interview of: the library director, an author, a library patron, a board member, etc. Recording interviews about the library or library events is a great way to highlight your library.
- Have kids/teens record book reviews. What better way to hear about great books than to make a collection of kid’s book reviews on the library website.
- Talk about library events. Make a quick recording telling people why they should come to your awesome library event.
What ideas do you have for recording via ipadio? We’d love to hear about them in your blog post.