We frequently hear people say “a picture is worth a thousand words,” but pictures can be worth far more to us when they can speak through an associated audio recording. Cloud-based audio recording services like AudioBoo.fm, Cinch.fm and iPadio.com offer students and teachers the ability to quickly create AND share “no edit” audio recordings. These sites create unique “channels” of audio content which can be readily accessed and shared. Depending on the site, audio can be posted to these channels using phones (as “phonecasts,”) using a microphone connected to an Internet-connected computer and a web browser, or with free smartphone applications.

As part of my chapter on audio for my forthcoming eBook, “Playing with Media: simple ideas for powerful sharing,” I created the following table to highlight the current differences between AudioBoo, Cinch and iPadio. Note ALL these services are FREE.

Feature Comparison: No-Edit Cloud-Based Audio Recording

I created this graphic using Seashore (a partial Mac port of the open source image editor, The Gimp) and the free version of Skitch.

Do you know of other web services that should be included on this list?

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  • http://twitter.com/gadnur John Rundag

    I have a Droid X and searched the Android Market for Ipadio. There were no results, even though the Ipadio website has a QR code to download the app. Just wanted to let you know, since I know you use iOS devices and may not have access to an Android device.

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