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A is for Audioboo
Audioboo is a rather nice website for recording and distributing audio. It's been around since 2009, and allows users to record or upload short pieces of audio (up to three minutes in length - sadly this has been recently slashed from five) which the site (slightly annoyingly) calls 'Boos'. Apps can be downloaded for Android and iPhone that allow you to record your Boos on your phone and upload them on the fly.
These Boos can then be linked to, shared on the usual social networks, or embedded into a website, with an automatically created RSS feed meaning it is quick and easy to produce downloadable podcasts for your listeners. Users can also find your Boos via the website, and also by searching everyone's uploads to Audioboo.
There are downsides to Audioboo. The three minute limit will prevent it from being useful in all circumstances, and there are no privacy settings, meaning all Boos would need to be available for all to find, listen to and download. This would severely restrict its use for some purposes, such as student feedback.
However, for a quick and easy way to record quick, pithy podcasts, that are very easy to distribute, it's superb.
For those wanting more functionality, there is a paid-for AudiobooPlus, which allows for a 30 minute limit, as well as a few extras such as Facebook Pages integration and enhanced iTunes categorisation. It costs £60 a year. A "lite" version of this is in the pipeline, allowing for ten minutes at a lower fee.
Stephen Fry has been a vocal advocate of Audioboo, and the BBC and Guardian are among the businesses that have channels on the site, so as well as creating your own material there's plenty of decent Boos to have a listen to. Below is an example from BBC Radio 4 Today.