Application Name: Broadcastr
Description: Geotagged audio file creator
Publisher’s website: Broadcastr
Version/date reviewed: v.1.0 / 4-25-11
Phone/OS: Droid X / Android 2.2
Broadcastr is a social website that lets you create, share and view audio files tagged to geographic locations; it’s free to browse, but free registration is required to create your own audio files. The iPhone app has been out for a while, and an Android app has just come out.
The website lets you search by keyword, by categories, or by featured sources (UNICEF here).
Search results are plotted in a Google Maps interface; clicking on a blue icon brings up the story in an in-browser player.
In the Android app, the GPS will fire up to get your current location, and then the view will zoom out until the closest available geotagged audio story appears, also marked with a blue dot.
Tap on the blue dot, and a pop-up will show you the title of this audio note.
Another tap will bring up even more info; tapping on the Play icon will play the associated audio file.
Zoom out in the Google Maps view to see more distant audio files.
The Menu button brings up more options, like a list view of all audio files currently visible in the map view …
… and the option to record your own note/story, pin it to a geolocation, and have it viewable at the Broadcastr site.
Other issues: Not sure how practical creating audio stories will be on Android, as they’re likely to include distracting noise and ambient sounds. Viewing local notes is easy now, as there aren’t a huge number yet, but I wonder how that will scale as the number of available stories for an area increases.
Final thoughts: Great app for creating audio tours, and personal stories about locations; I hope to use it to create interpretive tours for a number of local trails.